In 1955, San Diego's Scripps Memorial Hospital reorganizes its research arm as the Scripps Research Institute. Six years later, the organization lures leading immunologist Frank Dixon and four colleagues away from the University of Pittsburgh and enters the arena of big-time biomedical research. Today, Scripps’ faculty and research are internationally recognized. Work at the institute is divided among eight different departments: cell biology, chemistry, immunology, molecular biology, molecular and experimental medicine, vascular biology, neurobiology, and neuropharmacology. Within these units, Scripps scientists pursue both basic investigations of biological and biochemical processes, and research on potential therapies for a host of serious infectious, genetic, and autoimmune diseases, including AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis. The Institute actively promotes the transfer and commercialization of its research products.
Source: Life Sciences Foundation