According to Roots for Life, the booklet produced to celebrate the Foundation's 40th birthday, 'Charles's goal was to make the Foundation a forum, a melting pot in which thoughts and ideas on the public health issues it addressed could come together.' 'What seemed essential to me,' he wrote, 'was to bring scientific discoveries made within the secret confines of laboratories within reach of everyone. And I do mean everyone.'
The Mérieux family foundations
June 2008, Alliance, Volume 13, Number 1