Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases



Alain Mérieux

Alain Mérieux is President of Fondation Mérieux, created by his father in 1967.

He is also President of Fondation Mérieux and Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, which he created with his wife in 2001. The two independent family foundations are dedicated to the fight against infectious diseases in developing countries. In 1994, Fondation Mérieux created the "P4 Jean Mérieux" BSL4 maximum-security laboratory in Lyon, which is managed today by Inserm.

In addition, Alain Mérieux is Chairman of Institut Mérieux, a bioindustrial group comprising 5 companies dedicated to global public health: bioMérieux, Transgene, Mérieux NutriSciences, ABL, Inc. and Mérieux Développement.

The Mérieux family has over a century of experience in infectious diseases in the field of vaccines and in vitro diagnostics. Alain Mérieux was born in 1938. He holds a doctorate in Pharmacy and is a former intern of the Lyon Hospitals and a graduate of the Harvard Business School (PMD).

In 1963, with Becton Dickinson, he created BD Mérieux, specialized in in vitro diagnostic solutions. He became majority shareholder in 1974 and changed the name to bioMérieux. The company is present today in more than 150 countries with over 7,700 employees. From 1968 to 1994, Alain Mérieux was Chairman and CEO of Institut Mérieux, taking the group to the position of world leader in the field of human and veterinary vaccines. He acquired Institut Pasteur Production in France in 1985 and Connaught Laboratories in North America in 1989.

From 1986 to 1998, he was also the First Vice President of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Assembly (France), in charge of International Relations, Economic Development, Research and Higher Education.

Honors and Awards:

  • National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil (1974)

  • Commander of the National Order of Merit of France (1994)

  • Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1998)

  • Commander of the National Order of Mali as a Foreigner (2004)

  • Commander of the Legion of Honor of France (2004)

  • Officer of the National Order of Burkina Faso (2014).

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