Vienna BioCenter integrates four academic research institutes. These institutes are devoted to basic research of the highest caliber in all areas of the Life Sciences. Each of the four institutes has an eminent Scientific Advisory Board of international experts that convenes yearly.

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The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) is one of the few institutes worldwide that focuses on basic research in plant biology. GMI was founded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2000.

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The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) conducts basic research in the areas of molecular biology and medicine. Founded in 1999, IMBA is an institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) is a basic research institute that addresses fundamental questions in molecular biology. Founded in 1985, the IMP is largely sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and research grants.

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Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) is a center established by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna to provide an environment for excellent, internationally recognized research and education in the field of molecular biology.