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Equipment and Infrastructure Investments

Bruker MRI delivery at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
New fralin biomedical research institute building

Facilities Naming Opportunities

The brand new 139,000-square-foot Biomedical Research Addition provides state-of-the-art research laboratories that focus in six thematic areas of research:

  • Biomaterials and body-device interfaces
  • Neuroscience
  • Cardiovascular science
  • Comparative oncology
  • Infectious disease and immunity (COVID-19 Research)
  • Metabolism and Obesity

These facilities will be home to 25+ new research teams by 2027. The new space already houses an active cardiovascular research lab, a brain cancer research lab, a high-field magnet for brain and heart imaging, and the veterinary college’s new Animal Cancer Care and Research Center. The expansion also includes Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 testing laboratory, and a new biological safety level three facility where our researchers will work on identifying the mechanisms of COVID-19-induced disease and therapeutics.

In addition, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech are expanding research operations to the Children's National Research & Innovation Campus in Washington, D.C. The new laboratories in D.C., anticipated to open in 2021, will be home to a team of Virginia Tech scientists who will work alongside researchers and clinicians at Children's National and JLabs to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics to treat pediatric nervous system cancers. 

To learn more about naming opportunities, please contact Kim Blair at kblair@vt.edu or 540-231-4064.

Bruker MRI
A high-powered 9.4 Tesla Bruker BioSpec® 94/20 USR MRI research scanner was installed in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute on June 25, 2020. The device is more powerful than any other scanner in the region, and it will be used to study rodent models of human medical conditions. The 11,000-pound component uses a large magnet and radio waves to create detailed images of tissues in rodent models of diseases of the human brain and heart, and cancer.

Sponsored Research and Equipment Partnerships

To attract and retain the world's top scientists, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is always seeking opportunities to invest in cutting-edge equipment. Our researchers help companies test and develop new equipment and techniques. These partnerships benefit their research because they provide access to brand new equipment.

To learn more about sponsored research and equipment opportunities, please contact Rob Gibson at robgibson@vtc.vt.edu or 540-536-2070.