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2021 Annual Report

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This is the 2021 Annual Report for Van Andel Institute.

A letter from David Van

A letter from David Van Andel Dear Friends and Supporters, As Van Andel Institute concludes celebrating its first 25 years and embarks on the next quarter-century of service to a world in need, we approach our mission with a sense of humility and gratitude. We trust you’ll find those feelings reflected in the pages of this annual report — a chance for all of us at the Institute to express how incredibly grateful we are for the countless individuals and organizations who support our ongoing efforts to distinguish ourselves as a global player in biomedical research and education. Arguably more than at any time in recent history, we live in a state of constant flux, immersed in a world becoming more connected and more complex by the day. No matter how the world turns, however, we remain committed to conducting cutting-edge research into diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, related dementias and more. We’ve also cemented our place as a leader in scientific education, serving students as young as 5 years old through Ph.D. candidates. Dive into the world’s most prestigious journals, and you’ll discover papers authored by our own scientists — more evidence of our tireless quest to draw from the best and brightest this planet has to offer. Our roles as leaders and collaborators are becoming well-known around the world. In 2021, five of our scientists were named to the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers List — an honor bestowed on fewer than 1 in 1,000 scientists. We also earned record-breaking funding support throughout 2021 and reacted swiftly and with savvy to tailor our educational programs to hybrid classrooms created to counter the effects of the pandemic. From humble beginnings, VAI has emerged as a principal player on the world stage. But not a single accomplishment could have been achieved without your support. Community is the lifeblood of our existence, and we are beyond grateful for all those who have chosen to partner with us on our voyage of discovery. From all of us at Van Andel Institute — and the millions on whose behalf we work with such zeal — thank you, and God bless you. Sincerely, David Van Andel Van Andel Institute Chairman & CEO 2

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