The organization was born from the merger of three organizations: the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation with the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), which was founded by Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV — a member of the Johnson & Johnson family and owner of the New York Jets. The Lupus Research Alliance is now the world’s leading catalyst driving innovative research that can transform the lives of all affected by the disease — patients, their loved ones and the entire Lupus Community.
In 2016, the LRI, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the ALR merged to form the most comprehensive private-sector organization supporting biomedical research in lupus. This landmark merger united the leading lupus research organizations to advance unprecedented progress in lupus research. The mission of the Lupus Research Alliance remains unwavering: Support the best new science to prevent, treat and cure lupus.