Our History


For more than twenty years, HJFMRI has played a key role in the success of hundreds of international medical studies and helped build dozens of sustainable research programs. By providing partners with scientific, technical, and program support services HJFMRI has helped advance global medical research, countermeasure development, and public health for people around the globe. 

HJFMRI was established in 2001 to support HIV vaccine research in Africa. In 2003, HJFMRI became the primary implementer in Africa for its parent company HJF in support of HIV vaccine and PEPFAR program work of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). As part of this partnership, HJF and HJFMRI have helped develop state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical research sites in Africa and Asia and broadened its portfolio and working relationships. As a result, these collaborations have enabled research partners to diversify and excel scientifically.

Since its inception, HJFMRI has expanded and diversified its work in Africa to include a wide variety of funders, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Naval Medical Research Center, the U.S. DoD’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) program, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fields of medical surveillance, clinical research, and evaluation of the broader field of medical countermeasures. Our network of international research partners and sites extends through Africa, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and more recently the Middle East.