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Mission & History

Our Mission

The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. Our commitment includes funding focused research, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community, and the general public.

Our Story

founderIn 1991, Paul and Janine Witte with Timothy and Joan Block were deeply moved by the plight of a young family affected by hepatitis B. To the dismay of the Wittes and Blocks, they discovered there was no place for this family to turn for support, nor was there any organization devoted to finding a cure for hepatitis B.

With the personal support of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus, and the help of the local New Hope, PA community, the Wittes and Blocks responded to this unmet need by working tirelessly to establish the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Today, the Hepatitis B Foundation has since grown from a grassroots effort into a professional organization with a global reach.

Since its opening, The Hepatitis B Foundation has established two sister organizations, both of which are nonprofits: the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC).
 
The Blumberg Institute was established in 2003 by the Foundation to advance its research mission and today has a faculty of more than 30 scientists.
 
The PABC, which opened in 2006, is one of the nation's most successful life science incubators with 55 member companies. About 35 of those companies have operations on site.
 
Together, the three organizations work to advocate and to find a cure for hepatitis B, expand biotechnology in the surrounding region, and launch new ideas and discoveries that can make a difference in the global community.