Through powerful and lasting partnerships, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute seeks to find cures for chronic hepatitis B, develop early detection biomarkers for liver disease and liver cancer, train future researchers, nurture biotechnology entrepreneurship, and provide information and support to those affected by chronic hepatitis worldwide. Partnerships enable the Blumberg Institute to maximize its resources and achieve greater scientific impact than it could alone.
|Hepatitis B Foundation
A national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to hepatitis B research, outreach and patient advocacy. In 2003, the Foundation established the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, formerly the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, which are both headquartered in Bucks County, PA, which allows for sharing of valuable resources to achieve their complementary research and public health mission.
||University of Pennsylvania
The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have formed a partnership that offers graduate students valuable laboratory experience while bringing additional research support to the Institute’s research programs. University of Pennsylvania graduate students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program are able to complete research at the Blumberg Institute, the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer. The agreement is expected to bring high-caliber research support to the Institute, based at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Bucks County, while giving Penn graduate students the opportunity to be mentored while they secure real-world research experience in order to enter or advance in the chemistry profession.
|Pennsylvania Department of Health
A leader in the nation for its significant commitment to promoting viral hepatitis awareness, education and research in the state. It has successfully partnered with the Hepatitis B Foundation to implement many viral hepatitis outreach programs, and currently partners with the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute (formerly the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research) to advance its research and public health mission.
|Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
An independent nonprofit economic development organization, supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, with the goal of fostering dynamic relationships among companies, investors, research institutions and the university community. As a Ben Franklin Innovations Center, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute assists start-up biotech companies in the region and coordinates the Regional Biotech Council of Central Bucks County.
|University of Oxford
In 2004, the University of Oxford entered into an agreement with the Hepatitis B Foundation to sponsor a joint training program to steer college graduates into science who will be mentored and supervised by scientists from the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and Drexel Institute. The University of Oxford is interested in identifying outstanding students who will work on matters of great importance and the Blumberg Institute is interested in finding cures for one of the world’s most serious liver disease. Thus, these are the same types of individuals that the University of Oxford hopes to attract. Prof. Raymond Dwek, FRS, an internationally acclaimed scientist at the University of Oxford, and distinguished member of the Foundation’s scientific advisory board, championed the creation of this exciting partnership with one of the world’s most venerable institutions of learning. This partnership is only one of two of its kind in the U.S. (the other program is at The Scripps Research Institute).
|Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Beginning in April 2016, The Commonwealth Medical College (GSCM) will offer its Masters degree in Biological Sciences (MBS) in partnership with the Blumberg Institute. Students will be taught by Blumberg Institute professors and will complete their MBS in 16 months by attending evening and weekend classes at the Blumberg Institute in Doylestown, PA.The curriculum is identical to GCSM’s established MBS program, but the location at the Blumberg Institute will connect students with world-class researchers and entrepreneurs in a biotech incubator environment conducive to a rich and innovative learning experience. The class times are scheduled to accommodate working adults who want to earn an MBS for professional advancement or to pursue a higher degree in medicine or research. Click here to learn more.