Coriell: Banking on Cells
By Kathryn Ward
Michael Christman

In the late 1940s, a medical doctor and scientist used cell cultures to help bring the Salk polio vaccine to the public. Impressed with his work, business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region enabled him to establish a basic research facility in 1953. The man was Lewis Coriell. The facility is the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, which today is an internationally known, independent, nonprofit biomedical research organization dedicated to understanding human genetic diseases and providing high-quality genetic resources.

Coriell occupies a new five-story laboratory facility on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and Coriell serves the scientific community...

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