Celebrating 20 years: The growth of the Medical Mile

September 30, 2016
Grand Rapids is a city that defies expectations. It has a strong philanthropic heart, diverse economic engines and a robust and supportive community. Read More

Teamwork: the way to faster, better drug trials

July 1, 2016
Designing therapies that change the status quo is a complex balancing act. Clinical trials are at the heart of this endeavor, a gateway between the ever-accelerating pace of basic research and thoroughly vetted therapeutic strategies that have a positive impact on patients. Read More

Vital Signs: Partnerships create thriving sector for biomedical research

January 1, 2016
Grand Rapids is a thriving city filled with small businesses, entrepreneurs, world-class educational institutions and a vibrant biomedical research community. Read More

Today’s students are the future of human health

October 2, 2015
New therapies for cancer and other human diseases begin as ideas — ideas conceived by research scientists with creative minds, problem-solving skills, and a deep, resonant understanding of the scientific process. Read More

Institute is building a national footprint through technology

April 3, 2015
Visit Van Andel Institute on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile and you’ll see plenty of evidence of our sense of history. Read More

Collaboration is a biomedical research imperative

January 10, 2014
When my parents considered building a research institute in Grand Rapids in the late 1990s, many people thought it a foolish endeavor. Read More

VAI’s Pathway of Hope targets rare genetic disorder

June 28, 2013
Getting the right treatment to the right patient is the all-important aim of any research endeavor and has been at the heart of Van Andel Institute’s mission since its founding in 1996. Read More

Expanded biorepository enhances region’s capabilities

January 5, 2013
A recent collaboration between several members of West Michigan’s biomedical research and life sciences corridor has significant implications for strengthening . . . Read More

VAI Graduate School Changing scientific and educational paradigms

July 2, 2012

On a hot afternoon in mid-June, a special event occurred at Van Andel Institute that, although modest in size, speaks volumes about West Michigan’s ascendency as a new and innovative center of biomedical research.

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Cancer fundraisers are painting the town purple

April 2, 2012

Back in April 2009, an event took place that galvanized a community to join together for a common purpose and that, in the days since, has moved numerous communities throughout West Michigan to do the same. Little did we know at the time that a simple fundraiser at a Grandville High School women’s soccer game would become a movement poised to spread throughout the state and across its borders.

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