Blacksburg, VA-based Virginia Tech will manage a new state-of-the-art biomedical research facility in Washington, D.C., as part of the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus in development. Taking up 12-acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the partnership between Virginia Tech and Children’s National will include a 12,000 square-foot facility within the research and innovation campus as an extension of the hospital.
The new campus will open its first 158,000 square-foot hospital December, 2020. Its work will focus on pediatric research.
Managed by Virginia Tech
Children National’s CEO, Kurt Newman noted “Our clinical expertise combined with Virginia Tech’s leadership in engineering and technology, and its growing emphasis on biomedical research, will be a significant advance in developing much needed treatment and cures to save children’s lives.”
Drug Development Collaboration
The parties will seek additional synergies as faculty from the Children’s National Research Institute and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine plan on continuing an ongoing collaboration to develop “new drugs, medical devices, software applications, and other novel treatments for cancer, rare diseases, and other disorders.” Apparently Virginia Tech’s new “Innovation Campus” in Northern Virginia (e.g. DC metro)
The Capital of Inclusive Innovation
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Browser noted in a statement that this dynamic collaboration resulting in a “new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus will exemplify why D.C. is the capital of innovation—because we are a city committed to building the public and private partnerships necessary to drive discoveries, create jobs, promote economic growth and keep D.C. at the forefront of innovation and change.”