Who We Are

The Wistar Institute is the nation’s first independent institution devoted to medical research and training. The Wistar Institute has evolved from its beginnings as an anatomical teaching museum to its present-day status as an international leader in basic biomedical research.

In 1972, The Wistar Institute was designated a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center in basic research—a distinction it holds to this day.

Wistar discoveries have led to the development of vaccines for rabies, rubella, and rotavirus, the identification of genes associated with breast, lung, and prostate cancer, and the development of monoclonal antibodies and other significant research technologies and tools.


The mission of The Wistar Institute is to marshal the talents of outstanding scientists through a highly-enabled culture of biomedical collaboration and innovation, in order to solve some of the world’s most challenging and important problems in the field of cancer, immunology, and infectious diseases, and produce groundbreaking advances in world health. Consistent with a pioneering legacy of leadership in not-for-profit biomedical research and a track record of life-saving contributions in immunology and cell biology, The Wistar Institute aims to pursue novel and courageous research paths to life science discovery, and to accelerate/potentiate the impact of those discoveries by shortening the path from bench to bedside.


Our vision for Wistar is a path of science exceptionalism: to be recognized regionally and globally as one of the world’s most important and productive engines of transformative biomedical discovery, with an impact on human health that is disproportionate to our size; to be known for a distinctive brand of science – “Wistar Science” –  that is original, nimble, and courageous; to be sought after by other discovery and translation-focused organizations as a partner of choice in advancing new health discoveries; to influence the process of discovery worldwide by shaping and exemplifying best practices; to be a community of choice for talented and motivated research scientists who will drive the Wistar discovery engine; and to leverage our intellectual capital and culture for greater self-sufficiency so that we can continue to invest boldly in important discovery initiatives that fulfill our mission.



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