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Founded:
1868
Mission:
Create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.
Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State's main campus in midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its six extension centers offer higher education to students throughout southeast Michigan.
Founded:
1806
Mission:
Our three fundamental values - caring, global teamwork and continuous improvement - are part of everything we do.
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a global company serving people in more than 200 countries and territories with consumer products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable. The company focuses on strong global brands in its core businesses - oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition. Colgate follows a tightly defined strategy to grow market shares for key products, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwashes, bar and liquid soaps, deodorants/antiperspirants, dishwashing detergents, household cleaners, fabric conditioners and specialty pet food.
Founded:
1992
Mission:
To discover and develop cancer therapeutics.
At Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an Amgen subsidiary, our imperative is to build a leading cancer therapeutics company like no other, working toward a unified goal that drives us forward ... to deliver breakthrough cancer treatments to patients with the urgency they deserve. By working in collaboration with patient advocacy groups, healthcare providers and business partners, we push the boundaries of science and cancer therapeutic development.
Founded:
April 2005
Mission:
To provide patients, customers, community and employees with a bright future by changing tomorrow.
Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc., is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Located in Northbrook, Illinois, the company serves as the headquarters for the Americas and employs nearly 3,000 people. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.
Founded:
February 25, 1847
Mission:
The conduct of research, scholarship and creative activities is at the core of The University of Iowa's multiple missions of education, research, service and outreach to the state, region, nation and beyond.
The University of Iowa (UI) has long been recognized as a leader in fields as diverse as health care, the sciences, humanities and the arts, in interdisciplinary studies and in the recognition of creative activities in awarding advanced degrees. The research enterprise is an essential element of the university's identity as one of the most distinguished public research universities in the United States.
Founded:
2004, building opened 2008
Mission:
To translate the promise of genomics into all practical realms-medical, educational, agricultural and commercial-in order to improve our lives.
HudsonAlpha began with biotech entrepreneur Jim Hudson and the philanthropic Alpha Foundation, set up by Lonnie McMillian. With other leaders and more than $80 million in private donations, Hudson and McMillian built a nonprofit research organization that not only advances the life sciences but fosters the collaborations necessary to speed the movement of discoveries out of research labs into patient care. An additional $50 million came from then-Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in August 2005.
Founded:
1954
Mission:
To advance the global orthopaedic research agenda through excellence in research, education, collaboration, communication and advocacy.
The Orthopaedic Research Society recently held its 60th annual meeting in New Orleans; the four-day event welcomed more than 3,000 attendees. (The original annual meeting was one day, and eight were in attendance.) ORS is comprised of around 2,900 members; slightly more than 2,000 are based in the U.S. Most are bioengineers, orthopaedic surgeons, biologists and veterinarians.
Founded:
1998
Mission:
To make kids better today and healthier tomorrow.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta grew out of the merger of Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Medical Center in 1998. In the years since, it has grown in scope-in 2012, Children's treated patients from all 159 counties in Georgia-and in scale: The addition of Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital in downtown Atlanta gives Children's three hospitals, along with 20 neighborhood locations and access to more than 1,700 pediatric physicians, representing more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs.
Founded:
2005
Mission:
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research and empower survivors and those touched by cancer to raise their voices against the status quo.
Since its beginning Fight Colorectal Cancer-formally The Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3)-in 2005, advocacy has been the key component of its mission. When founder and chair Nancy Roach established the organization, it was because she saw an unfilled need for advocacy for colorectal cancer. And that advocacy is certainly needed; according to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer.
Founded:
1889
Mission:
Is to serve as New Mexico's flagship institution of higher learning through demonstrated and growing excellence in teaching, research, patient care, and community service.
By almost 23 years, the University of New Mexico (UNM) predates statehood: The school was founded in 1889 by an act of the Territory of New Mexico. By the mid-20th century, UNM was well established in the medical sciences; in 1994, the school opened its Health Sciences Center (HSC). Today, the HSC features a designated cancer center and 15 academic programs, including medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

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