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Here are a few of the top happenings taking place along the Roanoke Innovation Corridor the week of  December 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021 (#roanokeinnovates):

  • The Roanoke Times published the article linked below covering the fine work of three Roanoke Region stakeholders creating a standard for our students in the region and streamlining their career development paths beginning in high school.  LEARN MORE.
  • Jennifer Munson, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, joined the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s primary faculty team this summer.  Munson’s lab develops tissue-engineered models that let the researchers study how fluid flows through and around cancerous tumors. She also developed a new way to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify and track areas of fluid flow in and around brain tumors, including highly aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). LEARN MORE.
  • Governor Northam and the Virginia Biotechnology Association announced on December 23, 2020 that GO Virginia has approved a competitive grant request to help fund Virginia Bio-Connect, a $3.2 million Statewide industry cluster scale up initiative. The project, directed by the Virginia Biotechnology Association, is a multi-regional collaboration designed to increase connectivity and awareness of the existing programs, resources, and communities in the Commonwealth that support the life sciences industry.The five regional BioHubs and co-leading entities are:
    ● Charlottesville/Albemarle: CvilleBioHub and University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group
    ● Coastal Virginia: City of Virginia Beach Economic Development and Eastern Virginia Medical School
    ● Northern Virginia: Prince William County Department of Economic Development and George Mason University
    ● Richmond: Activation Capital and VCU Innovation Gateway
    Roanoke/Blacksburg/Lynchburg: Virginia Tech Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Carilion Clinic LEARN MORE.