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Mayor Muriel Bowser Gets First Look at New Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus on Historic Walter Reed

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Mayor Bowser Welcomes JLABS @ Washington, DC, an Incubator Brought to the Nation’s Capital After the Mayor’s Advocacy During a Delegation Visit to a JLABS Incubator in Toronto, Canada

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, September 22 at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio will tour the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus. This one-of-a-kind research and innovation hub brings together top-tier research and innovation partners Children’s National Hospital, JLABS @ Washington, DC and Virginia Tech. The campus marks the first time the nation’s capital will create a unique ecosystem that can help accelerate scientific discoveries into new treatments and technologies for kids.

[email protected] Washington, DC, a premier life science incubator, is one of 13 around the world, including in innovation hubs like Shanghai, Belgium, NYC, and San Francisco. It is also a direct result of the Mayor’s delegation to Canada in September 2017, where she toured a JLABS incubator and advocated for one in Washington, DC. Last week, Mayor Bowser announced the winners of Washington, DC Health Innovation QuickFire Challenge, which will provide winners $50,000 in grant funding to transform health outcomes in the District’s communities of color, and an invitation to reside at JLABS @ Washington, D.C. on the Children’s National campus. JLABS @ Washington, D.C., will host up to 50 startups spanning pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and health tech companies. JLABS @ Washington, DC and the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus are adjacent to the District’s Parks at Walter Reed redevelopment of 66 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


Wednesday, September 22, at 11 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio
Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
Kurt Newman, M.D., President and CEO of Children’s National Hospital
Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
Sally Allain, Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC
Michael Friedlander, Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech


Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus – Building 53
7125 13th Place, NW
*Closest Metro Station: Silver Spring Metro Station*

All reporters and other media interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

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