Governance

Board of Directors

President of Honor

  • Prof. François GROS

Representatives of the founding members

  • Alain MÉRIEUX

    President

    Alain MÉRIEUX

    President

    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).

  • Chantal MÉRIEUX

  • Karine MEHLER

  • Olivia MÉRIEUX

  • Alexandre MÉRIEUX

Qualified Persons

  • Didier CHERPITEL

  • Prof. Jean-François DELFRAISSY

  • Prof. David L. HEYMANN

  • Dr. Marie-Paule KIENY

  • Prof. Didier RAOULT

  • Dr. Robert SEBBAG

  • Bernard SINOU

Government Representative

  • The Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Albert OSTERHAUS

    Chairman
    University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
    (Germany)

  • Prof. Antoine ANDREMONT

    Université Paris-Diderot
    (France)

  • Prof. Françoise BARRÉ-SINOUSSI

    Institut Pasteur
    (France)

  • Prof. Abdullah BROOKS

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    (United States)

  • Dr. Kevin DE COCK

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    (United States)

  • Rana HAJJEH

    WHO Regional Office Cairo
    (Egypt)

  • Prof. David L. HEYMANN

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    (United Kingdom)

  • Dr. Warren JOHNSON

    Weill Cornell Medical College
    (United States)

  • Prof. Xavier de LAMBALLERIE

    Université d’Aix-Marseille
    (France)

  • Prof. Johan NEYTS

    University of Leuven
    (Belgium)

  • Prof. Jean-William PAPE

    GHESKIO Centers
    (Haiti)

Management committee

  • Jean-Pierre BOSSER

    Director General

    Jean-Pierre BOSSER

    Director General

    Since September 23, 2019, Jean-Pierre Bosser has been the Director General of the Mérieux Foundation.

    Prior to this, he had been General and Chief of Staff of the French Army (CEMAT) since September 1, 2014. Upon reaching the age limit for his rank, he retired from the Army on July 31, 2019.

    Born on November 14, 1959, in Versailles, he was educated at the St. Cyr Military Academy as a member of the "General Lasalle" class (1979-1981), and then continued his training at the Infantry School in Montpellier.

    During his military career, before being promoted to Chief of Staff of the French Army, he held several executive positions:

    • Director of Defense Protection and Security in Paris (2012-2014)
    • Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff of human resources at Army headquarters (2007-2008)
    • Director of the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools (2003-2005)
    • Head of the Military Personnel Directorate of the Army (between 1996 and 2007)
    • Head of the operations center of the Joint Staff of the High Command of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (1990-1992)
    • He also served in the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment in Castres on three occasions: as Section Head (1982-1985), as Deputy Officer and Company Commander (1986 and 1990) and, after being appointed Colonel on October 1, 2000, as Corps Commander (2001-2003).

    In addition, between 1982 and 2003, he was regularly assigned to field operations with multinational security forces in Lebanon and during French relief operations: operation Manta and Epervier in Chad, the evacuation of nationals from Gabon, operation Trident in Kosovo as the Head of his regiment, and operation Boali in the Central African Republic, where he was also head of his regiment. In 1985, he led a technical military relief operation in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

    Cited for merit, the Army General Jean-Pierre Bosser is a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, Commander of the National Order of Merit, US Commander of the Legion of Merit, and Knight of National Merit in Mauritania. He has also been awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, the 1st Class National Defense Medal from Portugal, and the First-Class Military Order from the United Arab Emirates.

  • Emmanuel de GUIBERT

    Secretary General

    Emmanuel de GUIBERT

    Secretary General

    Emmanuel de Guibert is Secretary General of Fondation Mérieux since April 2014.

    He has focused his career on the healthcare sector, holding leadership positions that have spanned finance and administration, human resources and general management. He has worked in the vaccine and diagnostics industries for companies including Institut Mérieux, Sanofi Pasteur and bioMérieux.

    Over the course of his career, he has participated in business development, mergers and acquisitions, as well as in the creation and restructuring of companies.

    Since 2001, he has been a Board member of the Rhone-Alpes region’s association of pharmaceutical manufacturers, AFIPRAL.

    A French native, he holds degrees in Finance and Business Administration and lives in Lyon with his family.

  • Dr. François-Xavier BABIN

    Diagnostics and Health Systems Director

    Dr. François-Xavier BABIN

    Diagnostics and Health Systems Director

    François-Xavier Babin is Diagnostics and Health Systems Director at the Mérieux Foundation since March 2018. He is in charge of increasing vulnerable populations’ access to diagnostics, by establishing infrastructure, reinforcing skills and processes, improving the management and efficiency of clinical biology laboratories, and assisting health authorities in their governance.

    Previously he held roles at the Mérieux Foundation as Director of International Development from 2010 to 2018 and Asia Regional Manager based in Cambodia from 2004 to 2010. He implemented clinical biology and scientific cooperation projects, in Cambodia, Laos, China and India.

    He started his international work in 2002 on hemoglobinopathies at Institut Pasteur in Cambodia. He did his residency in biomedical and industrial pharmacy at Hospices Civils de Lyon (France). Sent on temporary assignment to the French Embassy in Afghanistan, he implemented a program for the development of clinical biology laboratories. He was also an expert for the Ministry of Health in the reform of the policy on biology laboratory development.

    Doctor of Pharmacy, he presented a dissertation on the implementation and the autonomy of biomedical research laboratories in developing countries.

  • Prof. Hubert ENDTZ

    Applied Research Director

    Prof. Hubert ENDTZ

    Applied Research Director

    Applied Research Director of the Mérieux Foundation since October 2013, Professor Hubert Endtz is a microbiologist with a broad international background. He was Head of R&D and deputy Chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam until 2013, and still holds the chair in Tropical Bacteriology. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, in Bangladesh (icddr,b), where he directed both the Centre for Food and Waterborne Diseases and the Laboratory Sciences Division from 2007 to 2012.

    He continues to be involved with icddr,b as an Associate Scientist. He holds M.D. and PhD degrees from Leiden University Medical School in the Netherlands and his post-graduate training includes work in tropical medicine at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo (Egypt) and at the Mycology Department at Institut Pasteur in Paris.

    His main research interests include diarrheal and respiratory diseases in low-income countries, the pathogenesis of Guillain-Barre syndrome and antecedent infections; and antimicrobial resistance. He is the author of over 165 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

     

  • Bénédicte PANSIER

    Director of Knowledge Sharing

    Bénédicte PANSIER

    Director of Knowledge Sharing

    Bénédicte Pansier has been the Director of Knowledge Sharing at the Mérieux Foundation since March 2018. She has also been managing Les Pensières Center for Global Health in Annecy since 2016. Her mission is to foster knowledge sharing and exchanges among experts, researchers, health professionals and humanitarian workers worldwide.

    Bénédicte has more than twenty years international experience in partnerships, marketing/communication, fundraising, external relations in the private sector, in non-profit organisations (UN, NGOs, Foundations) and in the academic sector.

    From 2010 to 2016, before joining the Foundation, Bénédicte worked for public health organisations; firstly, focusing on diabetes and non-communicable diseases (International Diabetes Federation, University of Lugano, Switzerland) and later, focusing on vaccinations and social mobilisation.

    Between 2003 and 2010, she worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy, in order to establish private-public partnerships to fight global poverty and hunger.

    After obtaining a degree in management from HEC Paris, Bénédicte began her professional life in the private sector at Unilever and later at L’Oréal in Paris from 1996 to 2002.

  • Pascal VINCELOT

    Operations Director

    Pascal VINCELOT

    Operations Director

    Pascal Vincelot has been Director of Operations of the Mérieux Foundation since March 1, 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked for 31 years for bioMérieux across the globe, helping to establish six subsidiaries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Russia, Turkey and India.

    In China, where he remained for 12 years, he was responsible for the transfer of bioMérieux's "Greater China" headquarters from Hong Kong to Shanghai, where he enhanced research and development and production activities. Then, based in Singapore, he served as Asia-Pacific Vice President of Public Health for the group.

    Pascal Vincelot was French Trade Advisor (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur, CCE) in India from 2001 to 2005. In this capacity, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite.

    In 2008, he was appointed CCE for China. He was also for more than 3 years the co-president of the Health Club (Club Santé), which brings together more than 120 French stakeholders active in the health sector in China. In this capacity, he actively promoted French health expertise in China, especially during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. For these actions, he was appointed Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur.

    Pascal Vincelot graduated from the University of Tours as Doctor in Pharmacy, then obtained a DEA in Immunology in Montpellier.

    He attended Harvard Business School’s “Build Projects in Emerging Markets” education program.

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