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Children's National Research & Innovation Campus

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Children’s National Hospital and Virginia Tech announce a formal partnership that will include the launch of a 12,000-square foot Virginia Tech biomedical research facility within the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus.

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Accelerating New Discoveries that Save and Improve the Lives of Children

When a child is seriously sick or injured, an entire lifetime hangs in the balance. Yet, nationally, funding for pediatric research continues to trail efforts targeted for adults. Children deserve innovation inspired by their needs.

That’s why Children’s National Hospital is creating a one-of-a-kind pediatric research and innovation hub. Located on a nearly 12-acre portion of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, we will combine our strengths with those of public and private partners who share our vision. Here, breakthrough discoveries can more quickly be translated into new treatments and technologies benefitting kids.


  • On April 27, 2021, D.C. leaders unveiled the city’s largest solar canopy at Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus.
  • On April 26, 2021, the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus welcomed new resident company, AlgometRx.
  • On February 1, 2021, the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus welcomed its first occupant  the Rare Disease Institute.
  • On October 20, 2020, Children’s National announced a $5 million commitment from Boeing in support of the new Research & Innovation Campus.
  • On November 14, 2019, Children’s National and Virginia Tech announced a formal partnership that will include the launch of a 12,000-square foot Virginia Tech biomedical research facility within the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus.
  • On April 27, 2019, Children's National attended the annual Ward 4 Spring Celebration at our neighbors, The Parks at Walter Reed. View the photo gallery.
  • On April 9, 2019, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC, and Children's National announced a collaboration to launch JLABS @ Washington DC, a 32,000-square foot facility to be located at the new Children's National Research & Innovation Campus. View the photo gallery and video from this event.
  • On November 28, 2018, Children's National held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off renovations on our new campus. View the photo gallery.

Our Approach

With this expansion, Children’s National will pursue new, high-impact opportunities in pediatric genomic and precision medicine, anchored by our Center for Genetic Medicine Research and our Rare Disease Institute. This exciting field of medicine holds promise for significantly better outcomes with fewer side effects.

A critical component of success is the co-location of Children’s National research with key partners and incubator space. Our location near the National Institutes of Health and other relevant federal agencies is an important asset. 

Together, we’ll create an ecosystem for nurturing innovation from discovery to commercialization. These advances will span new drugs, medical devices, precision diagnostics and health technologies. 

Expanding Clinical Care in Northwest Washington, D.C.

The site will also include primary and specialty care that will provide more convenient access to expert care for new and existing patients in Northwest Washington, D.C. It will feature comprehensive primary care services and the clinical services of our Rare Disease Institute, which treats children with genetic and metabolic diseases.

The center will be staffed by a team of diverse care professionals including pediatricians, geneticists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, nurses, care coordinators and technicians. Twenty-four exam rooms and two consult rooms will make up more than 29,000 square feet of space to meet the medical needs of children. There will also be an outdoor play area. Learn more about Primary & Specialty Care.

Key Benefits to Our Community

The benefits of our research and innovation campus stretch beyond our research and health care missions to deliver economic benefits as well. An independent economic analysis conducted by McKinsey & Company estimated that completion of current construction in 2020 will produce an economic impact of up to $150 million.* As we further develop our programs and implement new partnerships, the impact is expected to grow to up to $6.2 billion in cumulative economic activity by 2030.

Learn more about the following components of this exciting effort:

*As measured by incremental GDP.

How You Can Help

Philanthropy changes lives. This ambitious endeavor to improve children’s health requires the commitment of many partnerships. This includes city and corporate leaders and those willing to invest in the future we envision together.

To learn more about how you, your company or your foundation can get involved, please contact Julie Butler, Associate Vice President, Corporate and Community Giving at (301) 565-8508 or

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