Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus set to open in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is anticipating the opening of a one-of-a-kind pediatric research and innovation hub at the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus. Here, breakthrough discoveries can more quickly be translated into new treatments and technologies, benefitting kids everywhere.

The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus will be the first entity in the U.S.A. dedicated to pediatric research and foster unprecedented collaboration. The pediatric hub will combine the strengths of public and private partners, including industry, universities, federal agencies, start-up companies and academic medical centers. Partners currently include Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, Virginia Tech, the National Institutes of Health, Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Cerner, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, National Organization of Rare Diseases and local government.

With over 160,000 square feet (14,865 square metres) of dedicated research and incubator space, there will be a broader ecosystem on-site for innovation that will span new drugs, medical devices, precision diagnostics and health technology. The 12 acre (48,562 square metres) campus also includes a 300-seat Boeing Auditorium that will be the focal point of the state-of-the-art conference center. Internationally renowned experts will convene with scientists, medical leaders and diplomats from around the world to foster collaborations that spur progress and disseminate findings. 

One of those experts is Dr. Gil Wernovsky, an internationally renowned pediatric cardiologist and cardiac intensivist, who joined the Children’s National Heart Institute in 2018. Dr. Wernovsky is a founding member of the Washington, DC Ambassador Circle, a program managed by Destination DC—the official destination marketing organization—as a pathway to connect the USA’s capital region to high-profile conferences. Dr. Wernovsky is also serving as the Co-Chair of the 2023 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Washington, DC with an anticipated 4,500 delegates. Our entire community is proud to showcase how the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus will accelerate discoveries that save and improve the lives of children.


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