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The Institut Pasteur, a private foundation with officially recognized charitable status set up by Louis Pasteur in 1887 and inaugurated on November 14th, 1888, has been, for the past 130 years, an internationally renowned center for biomedical research with a network of 32 institutes worldwide.


In the pursuit of its mission to prevent and fight against diseases in France and throughout the world, the Institut Pasteur operates in four main areas: scientific and medical research, public health and health monitoring, teaching, and business development and technology transfer.


More than 2,500 people work on its Paris campus. The Institut Pasteur is a globally recognized leader in infectious diseases, microbiology, and immunology. Its 130 units also focus their research on certain cancers, genetic and neurodegenerative diseases, genomics and developmental biology.


This research aims to expand our knowledge of living organisms in a bid to lay the foundation for new prevention strategies and novel therapeutics. Since its inception, 10 Institut Pasteur scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, including two in 2008 for the 1983 discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.


The Pasteur Network is a worldwide network of 33 members, united by common Pasteurian values, which include humanitarianism, universalism, rigor, transfer and free access to knowledge.

This unique model of cooperation in health brings together, beyond the independent public or private structures that constitute the network, a human and scientific community mobilised on both local and international health priorities in a logic of solidarity.

Pasteur Network members share the missions of biomedical research, public health, training and innovation and technology transfer.

Present in 25 countries worldwide within numerous endemic areas, the Pasteur Network has demonstrated time and time again its role as a major player for the benefit of global health through the One Health approach, actively contributing to improving human health.

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