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Due to Louis Pasteur’s successful development of the rabies vaccine, donations were gathered from all around the world, which enabled establishment of the Institut Pasteur in 1887 in Paris, with the objectives of developing science, medicine and public health.
Ever since its establishment, for over 130 yearsa, the Institut Pasteur has been following in the footsteps of its founder Louis Pasteur and conducting various activities as a public interest corporation of private sector to contribute to the global health of mankind with 4 great missions, research, education, health and innovation in mind.
11 research departments, 130 research units: Cell Biology and Infection, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Structural Biology and Chemistry, Genomes and Genetics, Immunology, Infection and Epidemiology, Microbiology, Mycology, Neuroscience, Parasites and Insect Vectors, Virology
As of 2019, the Institut Pasteur has established an international network with 32 laboratories and partner institutions spread in 26 countries in the world. It carries out research activities on infectious diseases and so forth that need to be tuckled on a global scale.
Louis Pasteur, founder of the Institut Pasteur, is renowned for being the father of modern bacteriology. He discovered that infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms and developed vaccines by means of attenuated pathogens and its inoculation. Thus, he laid the groundwork for vaccination. Furthermore, Pasteur made many other contributions to the development of chemistry, biology and medicine, such as pasteurization method to prevent milk, wine and beer from turning sour.