The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical science, with special expertise in cancer research, immunology, infectious disease and vaccine research. It is located in the University City section of Philadelphia, Pa. Founded in 1892 as Americas first independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute solely focused on biomedical research and training, Wistar aims to move research advances from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. Since 1972, Wistar been a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and holds the NCIs highest rating of "Exceptional" from approximately 1,500 cancer centers across the United States. Known worldwide for vaccine development, some of the Institutes accomplishments are its contributions to the creation of vaccines for rubella (German measles), rotavirus and rabies.