A Life Devoted to Immunology, Education and Philanthropy
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Dr. Jan Vilcek Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Jan Vilcek, renowned immunologist and professor of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, grew up as the son of Jewish parents in Czechoslovakia during the aftermath of World War II. In his memoir, Love and Science, he tells the story of how he embarked on a career in the new fields of virology and immunology, and immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1965. His work has led to major advances in cancer and autoimmune disease treatment and research, including the development of the anti-inflammatory drug Remicade, used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory disorders. He and his wife, Marica Vilcek, an art historian, founded the Vilcek Foundation.

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  • Announcing the 2018 Vilcek Prizewinners

    Congratulations to the remarkable biomedical scientists and professionals in the architecture field who have been awarded the 2018 Vilcek Prizes. Learn more about their incredible accomplishments:


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  • In Support of DACA

    2017 was a tumultuous year for immigration policy in the United States, with several controversial restrictions issued by the new administration. As former refugees and green card holders, our founders Jan and Marica Vilcek share their thoughts on these policies.