"Greater Richmond's Health & Life Sciences Community"

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Greater Richmond, Virginia.
You know it for making history.
But it’s time you knew it for science.
Because this is the site of the first artificial heart implant on the East Coast.
It’s the birthplace of procedures and medications that save lives every day.
Its biotech park is an international economic development engine.
And it’s home to thousands of brilliant people, who’ve come from all over the world
to work and study in the life sciences.
Located at the midway point of the east coast, Greater Richmond, Virginia, is a thriving,
growing region -- and the life sciences are one of its economic cornerstones.
It’s home to R&D and production facilities for major pharmaceutical companies, medical
device and equipment manufacturers, health service industries, numerous hospitals and
hundreds of health and science startups.
The region’s location at the intersection of 95 and 64 makes it ideal for companies
that rely on logistics.
The life sciences are literally at the core of Greater Richmond. In the center of the
city, beside Virginia Commonwealth University and the state’s Capitol, you’ll find the
Virginia BioTechnology Research Park.
This urban complex covers 34 acres, with labs and research facilities for companies from
all over the world.
The United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, is in the heart of the park. UNOS handles
the database for the all the organ transplants in the country. For the thousands of people
who are waiting for an organ transplant, this is where “the list” lives.
VCU is Richmond’s urban university. It’s right next to the BioTechnology Park, and
it’s known as a “Top 100" life sciences research center. Their life sciences program
has classes in bioinformatics, environmental studies, life sciences and basic biomedical
VCU’s also a major medical school, with degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry,
nursing and allied health.
These departments and their school of engineering work with businesses and government agencies
on projects.
Across town, the University of Richmond is graduating biochemists and molecular biologists.
And Randolph Macon College prepares students for a career in genetics, molecular and cell
There are nearly 30 colleges in the region -- and within 100 miles of Greater Richmond,
there are 125 colleges that feed the talent pool here.
This is a place where life science studies start young, and where everybody has opportunities
to learn.
And keeping talent in your company is easy.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a place this amazing?
Greater Richmond -- it’s a place where there’s history everywhere, and it’s still happening.
Where businesses and people keep growing.
Where thinkers and doers, inventors, teachers and businesspeople come together in the life
And the future, it’s looking pretty healthy.