The IRB is supported by individuals, families, and institutions who share its mission to advance biomedically relevant research, with emphasis on immunology and the mechanisms of host defense. Besides competitive and public funding, the Helmut Horten Foundation, the Gustav & Ruth Jacob Foundation and other donors are essential to enable the research and teaching activities of the IRB.
Helmut Horten Foundation
For 48 years, the Helmut Horten Foundation has promoted health care in Switzerland, in particular through donations to medical research centres. In the field of fundamental medical research, the Foundation also promotes the academic work of students at Swiss research institutions. It was founded in 1971 by Helmut Horten. Since his death, his wife Countess Heidi Goëss-Horten has assumed responsibility for the business of the Foundation.
Fondazione Gustav & Ruth Jacob
The Gustav & Ruth Jacob Foundation was founded in 2001 with the aim of promoting, in Switzerland and abroad, the scientific research aimed at combating human diseases, as well as the education and training of young researchers.