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About the Institut Pasteur

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About the Institut Pasteur

History of the Institut Pasteur

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.

Overview of the Institut Pasteur

Name
Institut Pasteur (public interest incorporated foundation of private sector)
Founded
1887
President
Prof. Stewart Cole
Staff
2782 employees in Paris from 68 countries (2019)
Annual budget
289 million Euros (2018)
(breakdown)
  • 31.0% Public fund-raising, donations and legacies
  • 29.8% Industrial revenue, sales and services, other financial revenues, etc.
  • 20.4% Public subsidy from French Government
  • 18.8% Research contracts from public funding bodies

Research Campus

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

The Institut Pasteur International Network

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.

About Louis Pasteur

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.

1822
Birth of Louis Pasteur in Dole, eastern France
1849
Discovered enantiomers
1855
Beginning of studies on fermentation. Later discovered that fermentation is due to the activities of microorganisms
1861
Disproved the doctrine of “spontaneous generation of life” that prevailed in that epoch. Discovered Anaerobic organisms.
1862
Developed pasteurization  method
1863
Research on the decay of wine
1865
Discovered that protists cause silkworm disease
1879
Discovery of immunization using attenuated bacteria. Later developed vaccines for anthrax, cholera, tuberculosis and smallpox
1885
Developed the rabies vaccine
1887
Establishment of the Institut Pasteur in Paris
1895
Died in the suburbs of Paris