Prince William County is now home to one of the fastest-growing biotechnology clusters in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. At the epicenter of this burgeoning growth is Innovation Park, which is anchored by the George Mason University (Mason) Science and Technology Campus, making it Northern Virginia’s only university-centered research campus. The Park houses a number of public and private biotech and information technology companies.
The County’s proximity to some of the nation’s key drivers of life sciences and biotechnology research, along with its strong intellectual base and attractive amenities make it an ideal location of new and existing companies involved in science, technology, research and innovation. Currently there are almost 350 life science companies located in Prince William County employing more than 2,000 people.
The Life Sciences in Prince William includes Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Medical Networks, Personalized Medicine and Drug & Medicine Manufacturing. Innovation Park is home to American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) a biological resource and research center that preserves and distributes cultures to the international scientific community. Its 126,000 square foot headquarters includes an 18,000 square foot repository and 35,000 square feet of lab space. Nearby in Innovation Park, Mediatech – A Corning Life Science Company employs 200 people manufacturing sterile solutions ranging from cell culture media to molecular biology reagents.
Another key player in the growing life science industry is George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Lab, which was constructed with support from National Institutes of Health. This high security (BRL-3) lab plays a critical role in advancing research related to infectious diseases. The Research Lab’s $50 million 52,000 square foot facility is located adjacent to Mason. Adjoining the Biomedical Research Lab is the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences. Employing 35 people, this facility works on controlled substances, forensic biology and forensic toxicology.
Major medical networks serving the County include Sentara and Novant. Close proximity to these two world-class leading hospitals and medical centers provide opportunities for research collaboration and access to medical resources for life science researchers.
Prince William County provides a robust talent pipeline of the next generation of laboratory technical, researchers and scientists. The wealth of quality education programs start at high school through to PhD programs offered at Mason. Prince William County Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capabilities are further enhanced though special programs; such as Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA’s) STEM Initiative and SySTEMic Solutions; the Sparks Foundation; and the Micron Foundation. NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions presently impacts 4,000 students in area K-12 schools and is projected to reach 40,000 students by 2016. Meanwhile, NOVA’s nearby Manassas Campus graduates an average of 20 students per year from their Biotechnology program.
Situated in Innovation Park, the Prince William Science Accelerator was created to provide the catalyst for faster growth and commercialization of life sciences, delivering to start-ups an innovative, intellectual environment and speed to market through readily available space, equipment, industry networks, partnering and internships. Current occupants of the Accelerator are: IsoThrive – Developing a nutritional supplement to feed the microbiome; Ceres Nano – Producing “nanotrap” technology with applications in diagnostics, devices and research; and, Virongy – Provides virological reagents and tools to support research and clinical investigation.
Prince William County is a community committed to the success of the businesses who locate here. We are a true partner in engendering business success. For many life science companies, this partnership begins with location incentives such as:
- Governor’s Opportunity Fund
- County Economic Development Opportunity Fund
- Refundable R&D Tax Credits
- 100% Sales Tax Exemption for R&D Equipment
- SBIR Matching Grants through the Commonwealth
- Angel Investor Tax Credits
- Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund
- Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation