Lemon family gifts $1 million to Fralin research institute in Roanoke
The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on Friday announced it has received a $1 million gift from the William Jacob and Barbara Boyle Lemon family.
“If the institute achieves what we think it’s going to, it will continue to grow its impact and visibility as a recognized example for changing medical discovery worldwide. It’s going to have the potential to make medical breakthroughs that will benefit the world population,” William Lemon said in a news release. “We have a strong foundation at VTC, but need to continue to attract and retain top researchers.”
The Lemon family’s gift will be used to help to recruit and retain scientists as the institute undergoes an expansion that will double its size. The new building is scheduled to open in a year and will have about 400 additional scientists and staff working by 2027.
William Lemon is an attorney, veteran and philanthropist. The gift includes contributions from his and his late wife, Barbara’s, children Sarah Ludwig, Tucker Lemon, and Stephen Lemon.
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