Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research
In July 2004, the Drexel
Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research (Drexel Institute)
was established as a new research division of Drexel
University College of Medicine. It is the result of an innovative
academic partnership between Drexel University and the Hepatitis
B Foundation to share resources to further their mutual research goals
and is located in Bucks County, PA.
The Drexel Institute is dedicated to virology in general, and viral hepatitis
research in particular. It specializes in molecular virology, proteomics,
glycobiology, antiviral and vaccine research. A complementary goal of
the Drexel Institute is to nurture biotechnology development in the region.
The outstanding faculty, scientists and staff are all encouraged to utilize
the extensive research facilities at the Drexel Institute and interact
with commercial enterprises, where such partnerships might be mutually
Scientists from the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, the research
partner of the Hepatitis B Foundation, will work closely with the Drexel
Institute in drug discovery and translational biotechnology. The driving
force behind these interlocking and complementary nonprofit and academic
institutions is Dr. Timothy Block, the volunteer President of the Institute
for Hepatitis and Virus Research and the Hepatitis B Foundation; Director
of the new Drexel Institute; and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology,
Drexel University College of Medicine.
Located in Philadelphia, PA, Drexel University College of Medicine represents
a union of the two oldest medical colleges in the United States: the Medical
College of Pennsylvania (MCP; formerly Women's Medical College - founded
in 1850) and the Hahnemann University (founded in 1848). Hahnemann University
was the first in the United States to incorporate basic sciences into
physician training and MCP was the world's first medical school for women.
Today, with an enrollment of more than 1000 medical and over 300 graduate
students, Drexel University College of Medicine is the largest private
medical school in the country.