Life Sciences

Industry Sector: Life Sciences, Technologies and Wellness 

Already part of the regional biomedical hub that includes the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation and the Military Health System, Fairfax County is poised to move to the national forefront of life-science research and development with the 117-acre expansion of the Inova Center for Personalized Health campus in Merrifield.

Inova’s expanded and technology-focused campus includes the Inova Translational Medicine Institute and the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Inova recently signed an agreement with the University of Virginia to make Fairfax County home to a major genomics and research institute and medical school. Four of the five hospitals in the Inova Health System are located in Fairfax County.

Additionally, Reston Hospital Center announced a second major expansion in 2016. Part of the HCA Virginia Health System, Reston Hospital Center, Dominion Hospital and two surgical centers all provide services to residents of Fairfax County.

Fairfax County life-science firms, such as Avizia, Granules India, Vibrent Health, Bode Technology Group and MicroHealth, are developing innovative products and services in diagnostics, therapeutics, remote monitoring, pharmaceuticals and DNA forensics.  Bioinformatics is an emerging field that lends IT and big-data expertise to performing complex computations to manage and analyze molecular biological information and the Inova Translational Medicine Institute is in the forefront of the field of personalized medicine and genomics.  

Fairfax County’s diverse and growing population provides not only an exceptional patient base for health care providers, but homegrown opportunities for researchers requiring diversity.  It also offers a talented workforce, skilled in technology diagnostics, therapeutics, remote monitoring, genetics and DNA forensics.

The robust cloud computing and internet infrastructure resources within the county provide unlimited potential for digital solutions related to life science industries and data analytics. Bioinformatics, personalized medicine, genomics, and proteomics are among the emerging market areas.

Within the county, George Mason University offers Masters and doctorate programs in bioinformatics and computational biology as well as a graduate certificate program in personalized medicine.

Major players in the fields of life sciences within Fairfax County include: Kaiser Permanente,  CEL-SCI and Leidos, Quest Diagnostics and the Genetics and IVF Institute.