Since its establishment in 1934 in Rehovot, Israel, the Weizmann Institute of Science has grown into one of the foremost centres of multidisciplinary research and graduate study in the world. With a 2,700-strong scientific community in a garden-like 280-acre campus, the Weizmann Institute of Science fulfils Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s vision that it be a place of peace, collaboration, and scientific excellence. The Institute’s scientific discoveries have improved the everyday quality of life of millions of people worldwide.

Weizmann Canada is part of an international community of supporting organizations for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Since 1964 our family of donors has been committed to the success of the Institute, by engaging a national community of individuals, families, foundations, and businesses who all share a common vision of advancing science for the benefit of humanity.

Weizmann's contributions
to the world

Some accomplishments that have affected millions around the world:

  • Copaxone® and Rebif®, two FDA-approved drugs that are now frontline treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), were developed based on Weizmann research.
  • Weizmann research established the foundation for the development of Gleevec®, which has been approved by the FDA to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
  • A treatment to regenerate damaged nerves in the spinal cord. This innovative approach involves boosting the body's natural immune mechanisms to improve the outcome of trauma.
  • Pioneering research on the viability of photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat malignant tumours. This “green” therapy can treat prostate cancer by combining non-toxic drug treatment with light, destroying the tumour’s blood supply. Clinical testing is underway.
  • Growing a fully functioning kidney out of stem cells (and now moving onto other organs).
  • The development of one of the world's most advanced solar research facilities, enabling scientists to find new ways to use the sun's energy.
  • Methods of encrypting and decrypting information. In addition to laying the foundation of Internet security, this technology led to “smart cards” and is used in global financial and governmental communications.