Introduction to the Institut Pasteur

Since its creation on June 4, 1887, the Institut Pasteur has been at the forefront of infectious disease research, the neurosciences and related basic research. For over 125 years, the institut has devoted itself to the prevention and treatment of disease through research, teaching and public health initiatives.

Around the globe, thousands of Pasteur-trained researchers share the values that form the core of the Institut Pasteur’s community:

  • an originality of scientific approach;
  • a dedication to the applications of research;
  • a humanist approach to global public health needs; and
  • a commitment to sharing knowledge and expertise with the international community.

The Institut Pasteur is a nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and support of the public to carry out its research programs. In addition to its 130+ laboratories, the Institut houses facilities for state-of-the-art technological platforms, a teaching center, and Biobank. A unique asset, the Institut Pasteur’s International Network is a global complex of 32 research and public health labs on five continents. Each site contributes substantially to local public health surveillance and treatment, as well as to global health monitoring.

With its unique structure and its prestigious history as the cradle of microbiology, the Institut Pasteur has long been in the vanguard of innovation, adapting to the rapidly developing world of biological research and its applications.

The current priorities of the Institut include:

  • a strategic focus on infectious diseases, microbiology, virology, immunology and neurology;
  • a commitment to the investigation of new and emerging diseases;
  • a global perspective in furtherance of the Institut's 125 year history of working on 5 continents with major public health organizations and health ministries.