Fairfax VA Life Sciences, Biotech, and Health Care

Within Fairfax County, the health and life science industry develops innovative products and services in diagnostics, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, and DNA forensics.

Fairfax County lives at the intersection of precision medicine and data analytics. It’s home to many companies and research institutes that support the U.S. health system with expertise in life sciences. The region’s innovative life science companies are working to improve the quality of life for our citizens and our military. From developments in medical devices to vaccine research, companies make the connection between research, cutting-edge pharma and biotechnology, and the pursuit of personalized wellness.

Fairfax is leading the VA life and biosciences charge, taking monumental steps to improve upon the essential sector. Fairfax moved to the national forefront of life science research and development with the opening of a 117-acre hospital campus. The University of Virginia Medicine Inova Campus is the largest hospital campus in Northern Virginia. It gives medical school students the opportunity to study at a world-class hospital and gain advanced clinical experience.

Robust cloud computing and Internet infrastructure resources provide unlimited potential for digital solutions related to life-science industries and data analytics. Emerging markets include bioinformatics, personalized medicine, genomics, and proteomics.

What are the top life science companies in Northern Virginia?

Several top companies in the life sciences sector call Fairfax County home, from biomedical research centers to health sciences startups. Northern Virginia bio and health companies include Bode Technology, a pioneer in DNA analysis and collection technology. The region is also home to Inova, Northern Virginia’s largest non-profit healthcare provider. Virginia’s life science ecosystem stretches across the state as well, including the Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Virginia Beach areas.

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David Kelley, Director, National Business Investment

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment

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Rankings & Facts

63.6K

workers are employed in social, physical and life science occupations

150.4K

workers are employed in healthcare practitioner and healthcare technical occupations

242K

people employed in computer and mathematical occupations

#1

metro in the U.S. for consumer health expenditures

45

local colleges and universities offer life sciences, technology, and wellness-related programs, including George Mason University

32K

degrees awarded annually

8,700

technology establishments provide unlimited potential and support for digital health, life science, and data analytics solutions

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County

What the Data Says

Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2020