Who are we ?

A foundation for research and public health

Since its creation in 1887, the Institut Pasteur has become famous throughout the world as a symbol of science and french culture. For 120 years, our foundation has been contributing to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through research, teaching and public health initiatives.

Across the globe, thousands of researchers who have been trained or are working at Institut Pasteur share the values which form the very core of the Pasteurian community: an original scientifi c approach, an ongoing preoccupation with applying research to public health needs, professional ethics, a desire to care for people regardless of their background or nationality, and an outward-looking attitude, sharing knowledge and expertise with the international community. These guiding principles make the Institut Pasteur a unique institution which values exchanges and partnerships.
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The Institut Pasteur enjoys an independent status and has numerous other assets, with its research laboratories, technological platforms, teaching centre and medical centre all located on one campus in the heart of Paris. It also has an international network which currently counts 30 members spread over the five continents.
With its unique setup and prestigious history, the Institut Pasteur has always stood at the forefront of innovation, adapting to the rapidly developing world of biological research and its applications, in particular in the field of biotechnology.
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Nowadays, the Institut Pasteur has four priorities to carry out its activities successfully :
- to target its scientific strategy towards infectious diseases, microbiology, virology and immunology;
- to adopt an outward-looking attitude, both within France, through agreements and collaborations with its partners : CNRS (French National Scientific Research Centre), Inserm (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), universities, hospitals, industrial partners, etc., and at international level with the development of the Réseau International des Instituts Pasteur (International Network of the Institut Pasteur or RIIP), which counts 30 institutes;
- to implement transversal research programs on ambitious themes and led by young researchers;
- to preserve the foundation’s independence, in particular through increased resources from sponsorship and donations.
These priorities, upholding the traditional tasks and values of the Institut Pasteur, place it at the cutting edge of the 21st century’s scientific and human challenges.
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