Our Future

Wistar has begun its greatest period of growth in decades. In both physical improvements and scientific discoveries, Wistar is surging ahead.

Breaking Ground

When The Wistar Institute was built in 1894, it was state-of-the-art. Wistar’s scientific scope grew with the years, and in 1975, Wistar added a cancer research building and vivarium. Many of the engineering systems in the cancer research building and the animal facility have now reached the end of their useful life. In order to pursue research at the highest level, new construction and renovation are necessary.

New Spruce Street EntranceThis is a major investment in Wistar’s future, and a pivotal time in its history. Wistar will renovate the cancer research building and construct an adjacent seven-story research tower that will fuel the engine of discovery for years to come.

The focus is on team science: researchers from diverse disciplines will come together around a common question, pooling expertise and resources to find answers. This team approach to scientific research in turn informs the new building design.

[At left, the rendering of the new research tower on Spruce Street.]

The seven-story research tower will house five new laboratory floors, increasing the number of labs from 30 to 40.

Each floor’s bold design will feature one vast, open laboratory space, underscoring connectivity and sparking collaboration. At the street level, accessible and airy public spaces will host Wistar’s education programs, bringing science to more people, from students to seniors.

Major construction began in the fall of 2011, with an expected completion in 2014.

From Breaking Ground to Groundbreaking Discoveries

The new construction also gives Wistar an opportunity to expand its scientific programs and develop its faculty. Wistar’s culture, long known for its intellectual freedom, unconventional thinking, and risk-taking, will be enhanced and have more ground to flourish.

In the near future, Wistar will:

•   Continue to strengthen programs in cancer research and vaccine development.

•   Develop new scientific areas of collaborative research, including the tumor microenvironment and the roles of RNA in gene regulation.

•   Fully develop and integrate the Wistar Centers and team science.

•   Expand the scientific faculty with targeted recruitment.

Wistar aims to recruit new faculty in the next 5–10 years, bringing the total principal investigator complement up to 38–40 faculty members.

Wistar science will continue to change the world as we know it.