The Pasteur Institute of Iran is a research, manufacturing and educational center which seeks to help with improvement of the health of the Iranian people, and collaborate with international organizations in maintaining the health of the people across the globe with particular focus on the health of the people in the Middle East.
The Pasteur Institute of Iran was established following the end of the 1st World War, when severe expansion of infectious diseasesin the country required an organization thatcould locally produce the necessary vaccines and other biological products to help with the fight against these diseases. The memorandum of collaboration between the governments of Iran and France that resulted in the establishment of the Pasteur Institute of Iran was signed at the Pasteur Institute of France on January 29, 1920 in Paris.
Since its beginning, the Pasteur Institute of Iran, hasplayed a significant role inmaintaining and improving the state of public health in Iran and has effectively collaborated at the international level. Some of its more significant achievements include the identification of endemic foci of plague in Iran, production and distribution of smallpox vaccine for use in Iran as well as most other countries in the Middle East, and preparation and testing of anti-rabies serum for immunotherapy of this disease that revolutionized the global protocol for rabies prevention in man.