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A Wistar endowment makes a difference: saving lives through science.

Whether you are a longtime partner or new to The Wistar Institute, we welcome you. Partnering with The Wistar Institute is one of the soundest investments you can make to advance biomedical research and potentially groundbreaking discoveries in cancer, vaccines and immunology.

Donors establish endowed funds to support The Wistar Institute research in perpetuity. The funding continues to provide support to the Institute in the areas of the donor’s interest. Endowed funds may support postdoctoral fellowships, faculty at different stages of their career, seminar series or equipment and technologies that will further the Institute’s research priorities. The Wistar Institute invests the funds and uses a portion of the income generated from the principal to provide annual funding, which will be reported back to the donor.

Donors may fully fund an endowment with a one-time lump-sum gift, fund it over a three-year pledge period or through a bequest or other deferred gift. Endowment minimums vary by purpose.


Distinguished Professorship/Director – $2,500,000
Named Professorship – $1,500,000

Current Endowed Chairs

Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program
President and Chief Executive Officer
Director, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center

Hilary Koprowski, M.D., Endowed Professor and Program Leader, Gene Expression & Regulation Program, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Director, Center for Chemical Biology & Translational Medicine

Herbert Kean, M.D., Family Professor; Director, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory and Leader, HIV Research Program, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center
Vice President, Scientific Operations
Associate Director for Shared Resources, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Scientific Director, Humanized Models of Disease Facility

Deputy Director, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Ira Brind Professor and Program Leader, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Scientific Director, Histotechnology Facility

Executive Vice President
Director, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


For more information on endowment opportunities at Wistar, contact:

Michael Criscuolo, M.A.
Vice President, Development
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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