A Roanoke family is giving $50 million to Virginia Tech to be used to attract top-ranked scientists to its Roanoke research center and to hasten the pace of the region's economic growth.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Gov. Ralph Northam plan Thursday morning to announce the gift from Heywood and Cynthia Fralin and the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust during a ceremony on the grounds of Tech's health sciences and technology campus in Roanoke. The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will now be called the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.
Really big news for some of the best people I know...they're literally trying to find a cure for cancer.