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Virginia Tech to expand D.C. reach; will team with Children’s National Hospital

Virginia Tech will launch a biomedical facility with Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., to focus on researching pediatric brain cancer.

Tech announced Thursday it will lease a 12,000-square-foot floor of a building at the hospital’s research and innovation campus, located on the former grounds of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in north Washington.

Tech and Children’s National researchers will work alongside each other on projects, which could include new drugs, patents and treatments for cancer.

“It’s clear we’re two organizations that have a lot of commonalities in our missions, and that do good work in public service,” said Michael Friedlander, Tech’s vice president of health sciences and technology.

As many as 100 students, fellows and other researchers could work at the center, which is undergoing renovation that is expected to be completed in December of next year. The university will invest between $5 million and $10 million to hire an initial four or five new faculty research leaders, Friedlander said. Those teams are planned to be in place by summer 2021.

Tech’s partnership with Children’s National solidifies its reach in the Washington, D.C., area.

The university has pledged to produce thousands of computer science graduate students at a $1 billion campus underway in Alexandria.

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