About Us

Our Mission 

The Institute’s mission is to make a significant contribution to humanity through medical research by expanding our understanding of the secrets of life and by improving life's quality through innovative approaches to the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases.

Our Values 

At Stowers we value teamwork, collaboration, and creativity. Our science reflects the contributions of a wide array of individuals, technologies, and approaches that together produce innovative and impactful research.

Our History 


The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was born from the audacious vision of our founders, James E. Stowers Jr. and his wife Virginia, who wanted to provide an environment of extraordinary scientific research.

Jim trained as a physician before launching and steadfastly nurturing American Century Investments into a highly successful, global asset management firm. Virginia had a career as a registered nurse. So, the couple had a profound understanding of the role that foundational biomedical research plays in generating new therapies and saving lives. But it was their personal experiences with cancer that solidified their decision in 1994 to dedicate their personal fortune toward creating one of the world’s most influential centers for foundational research.

Over the next decade, our founders endowed the Institute with gifts totaling over $2 billion, placing these visionary philanthropists in the top ranks of the world’s most generous givers.

Today, more than two decades later, their vision has become a remarkable reality.

And with the same pioneering spirit of our founders, Stowers scientists are catalysts for discoveries that are transforming our understanding of human health and disease.



Virginia and I are both cancer survivors and we know first-hand the fear and loneliness that come with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. So it was natural to think about how we might offer help and hope to others facing cancer and other diseases.

- Jim Stowers


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