The present Kitasato Institute was established in 2008 through the integration of the former Kitasato Institute and Kitasato University. It was originally founded in 1914 by Dr Shibasaburo Kitasato as Japan's first private medical research facility. Together with Germany's Robert Koch Institute and France's Pasteur Institute, The Kitasato Institute has become one of the world's top microbiology institutes. Headquartered in Shirokane, Tokyo where it was founded, the Institute administers Kitasato University as well as two vocational schools and two affiliated institutions. As Japan's only academic organisation to possess facilities for vaccine production, the Institute contributes to the eradication of infectious diseases and the improvement of public health.