Dec 29, 2008

Haffkine Institute

Haffkine Institute in Parel in Mumbai is a research organization focused on vaccine production. It was established in 1899 by Dr. Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine - a Ukrainian scientist. Dr. Haffkine was a bacteriologist who worked mainly in India and developed vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague. He had studied under Louis Pasteur.

Then Governor of Bombay invited Dr. Haffkine to Bombay in 1896 after an epidemic of plague broke out in the city. He found a place to work at the JJ Group of hospitals where he developed a plague vaccine and tested it on himself.

In 1899, the residence of Governor of Bombay in Parel was handed over to Dr. Haffkine to set up his institute.

Haffkine institute has been developing antivenin for the past 56 years. It is the only institute in India where lypophilized Polyvalent Antivenin against the venom of cobra, krait, Russel's viper, and Echis Carinatus snakes is produced. These are the only remedies for snake bites in India. The institute has a snake farm and holds more than 5000 snakes on premise. It also holds a snake awareness public demonstration every week on Thursdays.