July 15, 2016 |
In the biggest effort yet to find a cure for HIV, the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday named six large scientific teams, one led by Philadelphia's Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, to tackle different parts of the challenge. The government will commit $30 million a year for five years to the project. The Philadelphia collaboration will get $4.6 million a year. For years, with the world focused on getting treatment to millions of infected people and preventing further spread of the disease, the notion of a "cure seemed naive and overambitious," said Luis J. Montaner, the director of an HIV laboratory at Wistar, who will share leadership of the Philadelphia team.
May 24, 2016 |
Whitney S. Kellett has been hired as chief information officer at the Bryn Mawr-based water utility Aqua America Inc. She spent the last four years as vice president of information technology at Atlas Energy Group L.L.C. Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has hired Jane Sobieski as senior vice president in its commercial banking area. She had been a senior relationship manager for Bank of America. Tabula Rasa HealthCare Inc., a Moorestown firm that operates the drug-software maker CareKinesis, among other brands, has hired Kristen Propp as creative director.
April 30, 2016 |
The Wistar Institute in University City will collaborate with a Swedish biopharmaceutical company, with the goal of developing new cancer therapies. The partnership with Cormorant Pharmaceuticals AB, of Stockholm, will pair Wistar's methods for analyzing tumor biopsies with Cormorant's experimental drug HuMax-IL8, which is in early-stage testing in patients at the National Cancer Institute. Wistar scientist Dmitry I. Gabrilovich and colleagues have developed a new biomarker based on understanding how myeloid suppressor cells play a major role in the regulation of immune responses.
November 9, 2015
'Herding cats," is how Dario C. Altieri describes his job leading the brainy scientists who form the heart of the workforce at Wistar Institute in West Philadelphia. "It's built into the job - a strong sense of independence," said Altieri, 57, in his melodic Italian accent, which he undersells as "straight out of the Bronx or South Philly. " In March, Altieri moved from herded to herder, promoted from the Institute's chief scientific officer and Wistar Cancer Center director, to chief executive and president, succeeding Russel Kaufman, who led Wistar for 12 years.
June 27, 2015 |
Robert A. Roosa, 90, of Wayne, a retired microbiologist who supported scientists as a research institute administrator, died Friday, June 19, of a hemorrhage after falling. Dr. Roosa, who earned his Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, spent a long career at the Wistar Institute in University City, a biomedical research institution. He joined the organization in 1960 as a researcher, working in a lab, and later went on to oversee several facilities as a science administrator.
April 24, 2015 |
Caleb Cresson Wistar III, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a Unisys Corp. procurement specialist and a descendant of the Wistar Institute's founders, died in his sleep Thursday, April 2, of causes related to aging at the Hill at Whitemarsh. The family is descended from Caspar Wistar, a Philadelphian who in 1808 became chair of the department of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Caspar Wistar's great-nephew Isaac Jones Wistar was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and Civil War brigadier general.
December 20, 2014 |
Fresh off the construction of its gleaming, $100 million building expansion in University City, the Wistar Institute announced Thursday that it had appointed a new leader from within. Russel E. Kaufman, chief executive officer of the independent research institute since 2002, is stepping down in March to be succeeded by cancer biologist Dario C. Altieri. Altieri, 56, who left the University of Massachusetts in 2010 to head Wistar's cancer center and serve as the institute's first chief scientific officer, said that among his goals was the continued recruitment of top-notch faculty.
January 17, 2014 |
DRIVING a famous Army general gave James Edward Starnes a chance to make a new friend. As a driver for the Wistar Institute in University City, James was the person who greeted visitors to the world-renowned research institution at the airport or train station. One day it was Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the late commander of forces in the Gulf War and a Vietnam War combat hero. "Did he chat with the general?" his wife, the former Catherine Baylor, was asked. "Oh, yes," she said.
August 23, 2013 |
The Wistar Institute said it has received a $1.5 million grant from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust of West Conshohocken to endow a professorship in cancer research. Wistar, a medical-research center in University City, said it has been a regular recipient of research grants from the W.W. Smith trust for more than 30 years. The trust, established through the will of William Wykoff Smith, an oil company executive who died in 1976, made $9.8 million in grants in the year ended June 30, 2013, according to its website.
April 15, 2013 |
Hilary Koprowski, a virologist and former director of the Wistar Institute who developed the first polio vaccine and helped improve the rabies vaccine for humans, has died. Koprowski, who was 96 and had been in declining health in recent months, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Wynnewood, according to his son Christopher Koprowski, chief of radiation oncology at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at the Christiana Care Health System. "Hilary Koprowski left an enduring mark on medical science and the health of humankind, and his many accomplishments serve as a testament to his legacy," said Russel E. Kaufman, president and chief executive officer of the Wistar Institute.