Articles: Construction

Introducing the Robert and Penny Fox Tower

Robert A. and Penny Fox have devoted decades in service to The Wistar Institute, so naturally they were first in the hearts and minds of Wistar’s Board of Trustees when it came time to decide how to name Wistar’s new research tower, the Institute’s first new building in almost 40 years. It was an honor bestowed in recognition of the Foxes’ unparalleled dedication and service to the Institute.Robert and Penny Fox

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The Wistar Institute Cancer Center

When The Cancer Act of 1971 was signed into law on December 23 of that year, the United States began an investment that would transform medicine. Through the law, the National Cancer Institute was empowered to support centers of research and teaching. At a time when little was known about the biology of cancer or the genetics that drive the disease, it was a revolutionary investment in science and medicine.

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Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., President and CEOThere are few sights more captivating than construction. As I write this letter to you, workers are using “the cruncher” to tear down our old vivarium, and I admit that I find it hard to tear myself away from the view.


This is a seminal moment for The Wistar Institute. In a generation, this moment will seem every bit as historic as the founding of the Institute in 1892, or when we earned the designation of Philadelphia’s first National Cancer Institute Cancer Center in 1972.