It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Pasteur Foundation website, the U.S. affiliate of the Institut Pasteur. For over 125 years, the work of our scientists and staff – on five continents – has positively impacted the lives of everyone around the globe. Starting with Louis Pasteur’s creation of the rabies vaccine in 1885 to Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi’s identification of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in 1983, Pasteur scientists have and continue to lead the way to improving health for everyone.
Through the innovation of our 32 International Network sites, Pasteur’s vision continues. The Network is a pioneering group of scientists that lead in field and lab research, international collaboration and information sharing, education, and the preparation of the next generation of scientists through fellowships and training. Network scientists share best practices with host governments and civilians, ensuring that each site works closely with the local community. And you might be surprised to know that our International Network has been in existence since 1891, with the establishment of the Saigon site. Our sites continue to develop around the world as the demands for qualified basic scientists and global public health will never cease.
The Institut Pasteur has no equal when it comes to the sheer vastness, reach and effectiveness of its International Network. Pasteur said, "chance only favors the prepared mind." Thanks to the programs supported by the Pasteur Foundation, the Institut continues to prepare the next generation of scientists.
I hope you will tour our site and be inspired to donate to our efforts. Your commitment at any level, when combined with those of other like-minded people, will continue to benefit countless generations to come.
Professor Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD