The Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an internationally-known not-for-profit, basic biomedical research institution. In the late 1940's, the Institute's founder, Lewis L. Coriell, M.D., Ph.D., played a major role in bringing the Salk polio vaccine to the public by using cell cultures to study human viral diseases. Impressed with Dr. Coriell's work, local business leaders helped him to establish a basic research facility in 1953.
Coriell is a scientific institute that does research on the causes of genetic diseases including cancer. It has a three-part mission that includes research, cell banking, and public education. The Coriell Institute has proven to be a valuable resource to the scientific community because of its cell collections and to the lay community as a source of information.