Our model is simple: Engage early and often with our industry partners to understand their changing strategic needs.
LINK: Center for Advancing Industry Partnerships matches those needs to Virginia Tech’s extensive network of assets and strengths to ensure partnerships today create impact tomorrow. LINK provides university-level support to deliver a full continuum of engagement opportunities for companies that strive to deepen and expand connections with Virginia Tech. LINK works closely with companies to expand and strengthen their connections with Virginia Tech’s rich network of students, faculty, research, programs, and infrastructure. From research collaborations, to student internships and experiential learning, to corporate giving, we help our industry partners assess and access the opportunities at Virginia Tech that can help them meet their strategic goals.
Researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Indivior hope the extended Recovery Study may also provide further information to health care systems and policy-makers on how successful treatment and long-term recovery can reduce the economic burden of opioid use disorder. The scope and duration of these assessments may also lead to important new insights into theoretical models of recovery and allow researchers, clinicians, and patients to more accurately characterize the process of recovery, identify factors that promote or hinder success, and develop new and personalized treatment strategies.
Virginia Tech and AngioDynamics recently strengthened a licensing relationship recognizing the value of key Virginia Tech intellectual property in the field of irreversible electroporation (IRE) and its use in stimulating a cancer-fighting immune response. This specialized IRE technology has been developed in Dr. Rafael Davalos’ laboratory.
Bruker is enabling scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications that improve the quality of human life. Within their new lines of technologies, the new Bruker PET Insert Si 103 for the BioSpec® 9.4/20 ultra-high field MRI scanner and the Bruker PET/CT Si78 are nuclear molecular imaging systems for preclinical research. Bruker has partnered with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute to validate and develop technologies of the future using the new PET Insert Si 102 and the PET/CT Si78. Virginia Tech researchers hope to unlock discoveries related to diseases leading to high death rates and suffering including cardiovascular, neurological and oncological diseases.
CELLINK® provided a CELLCYTE XTM live-cell imaging system through their university beta program. The unit will be placed in the newly renovated Artis Lab in the College of Biomedical Engineering (BEAM).
Ontera, a nanopore technology company in Santa Cruz, CA has partnered with Virginia Tech and agreed to fund sponsored research over the next fiscal year. Co-developments are also being discussed with the NanomapperTM and NonocounterTM assays. The VTC Innovation Fund also received an unanimous decision to invest in the west coast startup.
Industry Partner Spotlight
Bill Dunbar '97, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Nooma Bio
In 2020, researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute partnered with Ontera to integrate the company’s molecular diagnostic tools into their research programs. Ontera Bio co-founder Bill Dunbar, a Virginia Tech graduate, has played a pivotal role in establishing the company’s partnership with the university.
Born and raised in Arlington, and after graduating Virginia Tech I moved to California and never left. I went to graduate school at UC San Diego (MS, '99), then Caltech (PhD, '04). I was a professor for 12 years in Robotics / Computer Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. It was there I got the idea to start a company, and through that found my purpose: building people, culture and technology.
Veralox Therapeutics has partnered with Virginia Tech to initiate a sponsored research project. Project to include the establishment of metabolite profiles of mouse and human 12/15-LOX enzymes. New experimental designs are in the pipeline for calendar year 2021.
HEALTH SYSTEM PARTNERSHIPS
Carilion Clinic is a non-profit integrated healthcare organization that owns and operates seven hospitals in western Virginia. Carilion Clinic is a Level 1 Trauma Center that employs more than 13,000 people, including 700 physicians in more than 70 specialties. They provide care to 1.5 million residents across Virginia and West Virginia and are the largest employer in the Roanoke Valley.
The VTC Partnership: On January 3, 2007, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, then Carilion Clinic President and CEO Edward G. Murphy, and the governor of Virginia joined to announce the creation of a public-private partnership in the form of a new medical school and research institute, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. In 2019 the research institute was renamed to Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. The partnership has infused more than $500 million into the local economy.
The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech are expanding research operations on 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.
In March, 2019, the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) was awarded a five-year grant of nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance innovative ideas from the point of discovery to implementation in clinical practice and population health. iTHRIV includes the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic as partners, with the Center for Open Science and UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group as affiliates. The focus of iTHRIV is “using data to improve health” and leverages the data science expertise across the state.
SPIN-OUTS STARTED AT THE FRALIN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Virginia Tech licensed key IP to enable the launch of an aptly-named startup known as Tiny Cargo, in partnership with Dr. Robert Gourdie. Dr. Gourdie’s research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute seeks to use small highly-targeted packages to bring therapies to bear in individual cells.
Acomhal Research Inc. is a biotech startup founded by Dr. Samy Lamouille and Dr. Robert Gourdie. Acomhal Research is developing novel treatments targeting cancer cells that are resistant to therapy in order to prevent tumor recurrence and metastasis.
Virginia Tech enabled a new startup, BEAM Diagnostics, with a license to technology developed at the Fralin Biomedical Institute. BEAM integrates cutting-edge research in Behavioral Economics with advanced technology to improve the lives of individuals suffering from alcohol addiction and other substance use problems.
Article ItemApplications are open for the 2021 Virginia Tech Health Sciences and Technology Commercialization Fellows Program , article
Applications for the new program cohort are due online by 5 p.m. on March 12. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates from across Virginia Tech who conduct health sciences and technology-related research are eligible.Date: Mar 03, 2021
Article ItemFralin Biomedical Research Institute biotech spin-off seeks potential breast cancer treatment , article
Roanoke-based cancer research startup, Acomhal Research Inc., secured a $399,878 Small Business Technology Transfer grant to determine if a molecule that stalls the spread of invasive brain cancer stem cells can help treat aggressive forms of breast cancer.Date: Jul 28, 2020
Article ItemNew Virginia Tech startup seeks to use nano-capsules derived from milk to deliver heart drug , article
Good things come in small packages. Launched by Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s Robert Gourdie, The Tiny Cargo Co. will package vital heart medicine in nano-containers extracted from cow’s milk.Date: Feb 12, 2020
Article ItemVirginia Tech, Indivior announce new collaboration to study long-term recovery pathways in people with opioid use disorder , article
The study will be carried out by a team of researchers led by Warren Bickel, a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, the Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor, and a professor of psychology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech.Date: Dec 10, 2019
Article ItemRegional government forum reveals 'limitless potential' from Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic partnership , article
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Carilion Clinic’s President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Howell Agee set the tone for the meeting by portraying how both organizations have invested significantly throughout the region and across the commonwealth.Date: Sep 13, 2019
Article ItemReport shows strong impact, predicts economic growth for Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus , article
The report, conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Center for Economic and Policy Studies, analyzed current and future spending and employment growth at the campus, which is a physical representation of the unique partnership between a public institution, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic, the third-largest private health system in Virginia.Date: May 23, 2018
Article ItemVirginia Tech Carilion Research Institute partners with INSIGHTEC to research focused ultrasound technology , article
Through this collaboration, the institute became the company’s first nonclinical research site.Date: Jan 29, 2018
Article ItemVirginia Tech Carilion Research Institute awarded a Virginia Catalyst grant to curtail opioid overdoses , article
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are focused on a new protocol to help curtail opioid overdoses. The project involves Virginia Commonwealth University and has been awarded $1 million in combined grant funding from the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corp. and pharmaceuticals company Indivior.Date: Dec 04, 2017
Article ItemVirginia Tech biomedical spinoff cited for innovation by national university associations , article
Acomhal Research Inc., formed to fight a deadly type of brain cancer, is being recognized this week by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Association of American Universities.Date: Nov 13, 2017
Article ItemGrowth in partnerships and startups fueled by Link, License, Launch , article
Jonathan Boreyko (left) and Brook Kennedy are key players in the creation of the fog harp, a device that can increase the efficiency of water collection in arid regions. Licensing this device reflects the role that the Link, License, Launch team can play in ensuring technologies with the potential for global impact can make it to market.Date: Nov 18, 2019
General ItemChildren’s National Hospital, Virginia Tech announce partnership for new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus
Children’s National Hospital and Virginia Tech announce a formal partnership that will include the construction of a 12,000-square foot Virginia Tech biomedical research facility within the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus.Date: Nov 14, 2019
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
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Virginia Tech Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology and Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology Outreach