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 the Inova Center for Personalized Health. The 117-acre campus, anchored by the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, houses nationally-recognized medical care, education, and research. Just across the street at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, the University of Virginia Medicine Inova Campus gives medical school students the opportunity to learn at Northern Virginia’s largest hospital and the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, where they have access to Inova’s world-class medical specialties including heart and vascular, women’s, pediatrics, cancer, and more. 

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

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment


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