Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research
In 2004, Drexel University College of Medicine recruited Dr. Timothy Block who created and directs the Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research, which is located in Bucks County, PA. The Drexel Institute is the result of an innovative academic partnership between Drexel University College of Medicine and the Hepatitis B Foundation to further their mutual research goals by leveraging shared resources.
The Drexel Institute is dedicated to virology in general, and viral hepatitis research in particular. It specializes in molecular virology, proteomics, glycobiology, antiviral and vaccine research. The outstanding faculty, scientists and staff are all encouraged to utilize the extensive research facilities at the Drexel Institute and interact with commercial enterprises, where such partnerships might be mutually beneficial.
Drexel Institute scientists work closely with scientists from the Blumberg Institute, the research arm of the Hepatitis B Foundation, in drug discovery, biomarker discovery, training programs and translational biotechnology.
Drexel University College of Medicine, which is located in Philadelphia, PA, represents a union of the two oldest medical colleges in the United States: the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP; formerly Women’s Medical College – founded in 1850) and the Hahnemann University (founded in 1848). Hahnemann University was the first in the United States to incorporate basic sciences into physician training and MCP was the world’s first medical school for women. Today, with an enrollment of more than 1,000 medical students and over 300 graduate students, Drexel University College of Medicine is the largest private medical school in the country.