Stowers Institute for Medical Research
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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is a biomedical research organization that conducts basic research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to analyze diseases and find keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention. The main facility is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Institute was incorporated with an initial donation of $500 million in 1994 by James E. Stowers and his wife Virginia Stowers, cancer survivors and founders of American Century Investments. Over the next decade, the couple endowed the institute with gifts totaling almost $2 billion. The Institute opened its doors in November 2000 on the former site of Menorah Hospital. In 2008, there were 25 independent research programs plus core facilities in bioinformatics, proteomics, microarray, molecular biology, flow cytometry, and imaging. In total, the organization employs more than 550 scientists, research associates, technicians and support staff, including more than 140 postdoctoral research associates and graduate students.
The Stowers' plan for the Institute includes expansion every decade.
The Institute is recognized by the IRS as a medical research organization. It is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation, and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.