Background
The determination of one woman, Marie Curie, and the importance of a cause, the fight against cancer, gave rise to the Institut Curie. Its beginnings go back to 1909, the year when the University of Paris and the Institut Pasteur decided to join forces to build a large laboratory for Marie Curie - the Radium Institute. This was erected a few streets away from the "shed" at the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry where Pierre and Marie Curie had discovered polonium and radium in 1898.
Mission
To beat cancer.
Geographic focus
France
Programme areas
The Institut works in three main areas:

• Research
• Technology transfer
• Institut Curie Hospital

Research
The Research Center of the Institut Curie is one of the most important in Europe and the largest in France dedicated to cancer research. It houses more or less 80 joint Institut Curie - CNRS, Inserm or University research groups whose common goal is to increase knowledge and ameliorate patient management using state-of-the-art technology platforms.

Technology Transfer
The Technology Transfer Department spearheads translational research and forms a vital link between basic research and healthcare, thus expediting transfer of scientific innovations from bench to bedside. It is developing new diagnostic techniques and more effective and safer approaches to treatment.

Institut Curie Hospital
The Institut Curie Hospital is a private organization which contributes to the public health system. With its diagnostic (imaging, pathology, laboratory testing) and therapeutic (surgery, radiotherapy, medical treatments, support treatment) armory, it blends technology and care, and ensures national and international dissemination of medical innovations.
A pioneer in a number of conservative treatments, the Hospital is a reference center throughout the world for breast cancer, pediatric tumors, sarcomas, eye tumors and numerous advanced techniques such as oncogenetics and precision radiotherapy (curietherapy, proton therapy).