City News


Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney announce sustainable biotech firm to expand operations in Richmond, creating 250 new jobs

One of the draft strategies in the RVAgreen 2050 equitable climate action and resilience action plan is to "make Richmond a leader in attracting companies that promote a circular economy through creative and innovative solutions to waste reduction and recovery.” What do you think? Provide your input by April 30!

Read more about the announcement of new jobs in Richmond in sustainable biotech below!


Media Advisory
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Contact: Devin Wood
Cell: 804-484-4800

Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney announce sustainable biotech firm to expand operations in Richmond, creating 250 new jobs

Grenova Inc. to invest $10.6 million to increase production of pipette tip cleaning, washing and sterilizing machines

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Grenova Inc., a Virginia-based sustainable biotech firm that designs, develops, and manufactures devices that wash and sterilize contaminated pipette tips for reuse, will invest $10.6 million to expand in the City of Richmond. The company will relocate its operations from Manchester to a larger facility in Scott’s Addition and increase capacity with new production lines in response to the shortage of pipette tips used for COVID-19 testing. Governor Northam joined company leaders at the site of Grenova’s future location at 1900 Ellen Road to celebrate the project, which will add 250 new jobs over the next three years.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this homegrown sustainable biotech firm expanding and adding to its workforce in Richmond,” said Governor Northam. “It is remarkable to see Virginia’s innovative life sciences businesses quickly adapt and respond to critical needs as we fight this pandemic. Grenova is an emerging industry leader that has achieved exponential growth in a short time, and I applaud the company for leveraging its technology and expertise to address a global shortage and reduce environmental waste.”

Founded in Richmond in 2014, Grenova’s mission is to help lower costs and reduce biohazard waste by delivering groundbreaking approaches in dealing with plastic consumables. The company’s product, Tipnovus™ enables laboratories to wash and sanitize pipette tips for reuse numerous times, cutting associated consumable costs by up to 96 percent. Ten pipette tips are used to fully conduct one COVID-19 test, resulting in a worldwide shortage of the plastic consumable. Grenova’s technology allows healthcare systems to safely wash and reuse the pipette tips used for testing, which has helped to end pipette tip shortages and improve access to COVID-19 testing while making labs more environmentally friendly. Due to demand for Grenova’s products, the company has quadrupled in size in the last year. Grenova sells products from its Richmond facility to laboratories and distributors across the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia.

“This expansion project is an important win that will create 250 new, high-quality jobs and help improve Richmond’s standing as a life sciences hub,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Grenova is a great success story for the Commonwealth, and we are confident the region will continue to provide the business climate and workforce needed for years to come.”

“Our growth is a sign that the world is ready to rethink, reimagine, and reinvent the way plastic consumables like pipette tips are washed and reused within the life sciences industry and beyond,” said Ali Safavi, Founder and CEO of Grenova. “We’re proud to make our bold solution possible from our expanded headquarters in Richmond thanks to the Commonwealth’s thriving ecosystem of world-class talent, resources, and infrastructure.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Richmond to secure the project for the Commonwealth. Grenova Inc. is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and funding and services to support the company’s employee recruitment and training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Grenova’s sustainable solution for lab testing consumable products is a premier example of how great ideas and ingenuity flourish in the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “The City is thankful for the company’s capital investment and new job creation. Grenova’s new facility in Scott’s Addition demonstrates that entrepreneurial and life science ecosystems in Richmond are strong and continue to have a far-reaching impact.”

“The expansion of Grenova Inc. is wonderful news for Richmond,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Creating jobs and reducing biohazardous waste are two critical goals that are good for Richmond and for the Commonwealth. Once again, Virginia leads the way.”

“I am so pleased to see Grenova’s expansion to its new and larger facility in Scott’s Addition,” said Senator Ghazala Hashmi. “Grenova’s introduction of innovative technologies helps to address the global shortage of pipette tips during this pandemic and also highlights how we can reduce biohazard waste. This expansion will bring exciting new jobs opportunities and further talent development in Richmond.”

“I am happy to hear that Grenova Inc. will be expanding its operations in the City of Richmond,” said Delegate Jeffrey Bourne. “The work that the company is doing to reuse pipette tips is an essential cog in the machine that is our COVID-19 response. Grenova’s presence in Richmond continues to provide important jobs as well as contributes to Richmond’s status as a place for innovation and growth.”

Business Unit

Go solar with Solarize RVA!

The City of Richmond, through the Office of Sustainability, has partnered with Viridiant, Solar United Neighbors, and Henrico County to launch SolarizeRVA 2021, a campaign to help the greater Richmond region transition to clean solar power generated right here in our community. Viridiant is a mission-driven non-profit that exists to speed Virginia’s transition to a sustainable built environment powered by clean energy sources.

Our own Wendy Fewster, Office of Sustainability Climate Action Coordinator, participated in the SolarizeRVA program back in 2014. She said, “the whole process went very smoothly. They came out and took measurements for how much sunlight I was getting and the installation was very neat. And the best part was that I knew I was getting the best price!” 


Check out more information from Viridiant below:

It’s a great time to go solar. The federal tax credit of 26% is set to go down to 22% at the end of 2022. Installation on your roof takes just 1-3 days depending on the complexity of the operation, and 99% of the work is outside, so it really is a safe undertaking during social distancing. Our re-design of the Solarize model offers both consumers and industry partners more flexibility to get to the best solutions and best prices on a customer-by-customer basis.

A critical first step in going solar at your home is making cost-effective improvements that reduce your need for electricity. Why make solar kilowatthours just to waste them? That’s why Viridiant also offers professional home energy audits for a personalized analysis of energy use, comfort, durability, health, and safety issues in your home. We will also do a free solar analysis while we are on site.

Learn more about solar, home energy audits and other services provided by Viridiant's Community Energy Services Division by visiting or register for an upcoming informational webinar at

Why would I want solar panels?
Solar panels can help you save money in the long run and they help the environment. For example, a 6KW array has an installation cost of $10,400 (after tax credits) but it makes more than 8,000 kWh per year and saves $77 per month.  Additionally, the tax credit for solar panels is 26% this year and it will decrease so it is the perfect time to buy them!

What is the process?
First, using a recent electric bill and your address, your home is evaluated to see if it’s a good candidate.  Important factors are your annual electricity use, if you have adequate roof space with good orientation, and if that roof area receives enough sun during the course of the day. If everything looks good, a site visit will be scheduled to do a more detailed assessment of your home, nearby trees, the condition of your roof, and your goals. From there a proposal will be prepared for you. Once you sign off, permits will be obtained, panels will be installed, as well as a net meter. This whole process will take about 6 weeks from start to finish, with about a week with a crew on site.

How much will it cost?
Cost can vary depending on the specifics of your home and site.

How long is the warranty?
Warranties are typically 20-25 years.

Are the consultations free?

Is all of this COVID-friendly?
Yes. Most of the work is done outside of your home in a few days. 

Business Unit