In addition to the support provided by the State and partner institutions, the research institute has benefited from generous donations from private donors. Heywood and Cynthia Fralin and the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust donated a record $ 50 million to Virginia Tech to support research at the newly renamed Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.
Meanwhile, the research institute has won over $ 240 million in grants and contracts from external agencies, foundations and companies in the first decade, successfully leveraging investment and confidence placed in the company while achieving the goal envisioned by Dr Steger and Dr Murphy. and led by their successors, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Carilion Clinic CEO Nancy Agee.
Residents of Roanoke and the New River Valleys can share the findings and translation of these findings into improved health care made by faculty, staff and graduate students of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, including students in medicine, often in collaboration with the doctors at the Carilion clinic.
At the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s inauguration at VTC Addition this month, Carilion President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee put it right: “If you want to go fast, go it alone. If you want to go far, go together. And, of course, she summed it up perfectly: “Well, we’ve gone far and fast. Just look at what we have accomplished.
Friedlander is vice president of health science and technology, Virginia Tech; Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC; Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Professor of biological sciences and psychiatry and behavioral medicine.