About Van Andel Institute

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations through cutting edge biomedical research and innovative educational offerings. Established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1996 by the Van Andel family, VAI is now home to more than 400 scientists, educators and support staff, who work with a growing number of national and international collaborators to foster discovery. The Institute’s scientists study the origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translate their findings into breakthrough prevention and treatment strategies. Our educators develop inquiry-based approaches for K-12 education to help students and teachers prepare the next generation of problem-solvers, while our Graduate School offers a rigorous, research-intensive Ph.D. program in molecular and cellular biology.


About Spectrum Health


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. It offers a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 155 ambulatory and service sites; 4,500 physicians and advanced practice providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 1 million members served. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 31,000 employees. The organization provided  $585 million in community benefit during its 2019 fiscal year.