BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 21, 2003 - The Executive Committee of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission visited Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech to receive an update on the Institute's research programs as well as tour the facilities. The tour included visits to both VBI's current facility in the Corporate Research Center as well as a preview of Bioinformatics Facility I, VBI's new home on Virginia Tech's campus proper.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute's research activity continues to flourish as a result of cutting-edge bioinformatics research and strategic collaborations spawned by the current VBI faculty. VBI Director Bruno Sobral recognized the Tobacco Commission for their original investment in the institute during their visit. To date, returns on that investment total over $30.6 million to support 45 funded research projects. The institute has grown to a faculty and staff of more than 170 employees.

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Published by Public Relations, November 20, 2003