Today I attended the opening of the new INOVA Cancer Center, formerly the Exxon Mobil headquarters off Gallows Road in Fairfax County.
Years ago, Exxon Mobil began phasing out its “Downstream” assets, including distributorships, fuel trucks and gas stations. Eventually that led to the announced closing of the Gallows Road headquarters — a major blow to the Fairfax County economy.
Into the breach stepped INOVA, which the major player in northern Virginia medical care. With some assistance from Governor McAuliffe, INOVA secured possession of the ExxonMobil offices – across the street from its flagship operation. It also hired “Skip” Trump as its chief executive officer. Will it be long before Gallows Road Cancer Center is known as “the Trump Tower?”
The new offices will be state of the art and specifically focused on studying the human genome, so as to better understand cancer and its causes. It’s what INOVA CEO Knox Singleton calls “personalized medicine.”
The new cancer center is made possible by some truly staggering donations, starting with $50 million from Dwight Schar, the founder of NVR Homes (and equity partner in the Washington Redskins). Many of those donors were here today, along with Governor McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.
The new cancer center will create jobs, some of the highest-tech and best-paying jobs in the medical industry, as the top minds come to Fairfax County to join INOVA’s quest to map the genome and understand cancer.