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A COVID-delayed ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion addition took place today in Roanoke – one year after the building actually opened.

The 139,000 sq ft. Research Institute addition is occupied by six Fralin Biomedical Research Institute faculty-led teams, studying cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders. The $90 million expansion also has space to an accommodate another  400-plus Virginia Tech researchers, students, and staff – bringing its total population to around one-thousand. Dr. Michael Friedlander is executive director of the FBRI: