Jay and Betty Van Andel founded Van Andel Institute (VAI) in 1996. Together, they envisioned an institute that would have an impact world-wide in enriching and enhancing lives through biomedical research and education. Since its grand opening in 2000, VAI has supported Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) in fulfilling and sustaining this vision.
VARI has reflected this vision through remarkable strides in basic and translational research. This research has led to advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, and the establishment of an excellent reputation among peer institutions. Through its work with students of all ages, VAEI has built a regional and national reputation as a source of well-reasoned, carefully documented and trustworthy insights regarding the ways in which we teach and learn science.