History of the Institut Pasteur

Due to Louis Pasteur’s successful development of the rabies vaccine, donations were gathered from all around the world, which enabled establishment of the Institut Pasteur in 1887 in Paris, with the objectives of developing science, medicine and public health.

Ever since its establishment, for over 130 yearsa, the Institut Pasteur has been following in the footsteps of its founder Louis Pasteur and conducting various activities as a public interest corporation of private sector to contribute to the global health of mankind with 4 great missions, research, education, health and innovation in mind.

Overview of the Institut Pasteur


Institut Pasteur (public interest incorporated foundation of private sector)




Prof. Stewart Cole


Annual budget

2782 employees in Paris from 68 countries (2019)

289 million Euros (2018)

  • 31.0% Public fund-raising, donations and legacies
  • 29.8% Industrial revenue, sales and services, other financial revenues, etc.
  • 20.4% Public subsidy from French Government
  • 18.8% Research contracts from public funding bodies

About Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur, founder of the Institut Pasteur, is renowned for being the father of modern bacteriology. He discovered that infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms and developed vaccines by means of attenuated pathogens and its inoculation. Thus, he laid the groundwork for vaccination. Furthermore, Pasteur made many other contributions to the development of chemistry, biology and medicine, such as pasteurization method to prevent milk, wine and beer from turning sour.