Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Vision of the President

Ever since it was founded in 1967 by Doctor Charles Mérieux, Fondation Mérieux has been fighting against infectious diseases, particularly those that affect underprivileged countries.
It provides healthcare workers with field training, promotes high-level applied research, provides healthcare and clinical biology facilities with needed resources and helps patients and their families…

Like his brother Rodolphe, Doctor Christophe Mérieux wanted a foundation active in the field. Together they created a network of sentinel laboratories located right where infectious outbreaks occur. Thanks to Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, which is under the control of the Institut de France, Fondation Mérieux is now present in Mali, Cambodia, Laos, Haiti and Madagascar.

This is only the beginning of a very long journey…

Infectious diseases have wrought havoc on humankind since the dawn of time. Although a few victories have been won, the fight is far from over. These diseases are still taking a heavy toll on the populations of developing countries. A host of formidable new infectious agents are now threatening lives. Over 30 new diseases associated with previously unheard-of viruses have appeared since 1973.

Fighting infectious diseases requires action on the part of the international community and a pooling of knowledge from all fields. It is vital that researchers work together. They must set up epidemiological surveillance networks around the world and develop new diagnosis, prevention and treatment tools.

The Jean Mérieux P4 laboratory in Lyon, France, plays a key role in this system. This high-security laboratory complies with international biosafety standards and provides international research teams with a facility for working on new dangerous pathogens.

Researchers in developing countries see the devastation being wrought by infectious diseases every day. It is our duty to support their work. Our foundation is doing just that by supporting high-level research in these countries. Such research is the key to their future growth.

Our aim is to help researchers and healthcare workers in developing countries to learn how to use the best scientific and medical tools so that they can meet their countries' public health needs in the long term and independently.

By promoting the transfer of knowledge and the sharing of scientific innovations, and by supporting research projects, Fondation Mérieux and Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux show that they are determined to play an active role in the international fight against infectious diseases.

Alain Mérieux (President)