50 years in the fight against infectious diseases 1967 – 2017


Board of Directors

Representatives of the founding members

  • Alain MÉRIEUX


    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).

  • Claudine FRIEH

  • Karine MEHLER

  • Alexandre MÉRIEUX

  • Sophie MÉRIEUX

Qualified Persons

  • Didier CHERPITEL

  • Prof. Jean-François DELFRAISSY

  • Prof. François GROS

  • Prof. David L. HEYMANN

  • Prof. Dominique PEYRAMOND

  • Prof. Didier RAOULT

  • Dr. Robert SEBBAG

Government Representative

  • The Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region

Scientific Council

  • Prof. Albert OSTERHAUS

    Université Erasmus de Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

  • Prof. Antoine ANDREMONT

    Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard (France)

  • Prof. Françoise BARRÉ-SINOUSSI

    Institut Pasteur (France)

  • Prof. Christian BRÉCHOT

    Institut Pasteur (France)

  • Prof. Abdullah BROOKS

    International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

  • Prof. Stewart COLE

    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Prof. Xavier de LAMBALLERIE

    Faculté de Médecine de Marseille (France)

  • Prof. Ogobara DOUMBO

    Malaria Research and Training Center Bamako (Mali)

  • Prof. David L. HEYMANN

    Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House (United Kingdom)

  • Pr Johan NEYTS

    Faculté de Médecine de l’Université de Louvain (Belgium)

  • Prof. Jean-William PAPE

    Centres GHESKIO (Haiti)

  • Prof. Fabien ZOULIM

    Inserm - Lyon (France)

Management committee

  • Benoît MIRIBEL

    Director General

    Benoît MIRIBEL

    Director General

    Benoît Miribel has been, since January 2007, the Director General of Fondation Mérieux. He has also been the Honorary Chairman of Action contre la Faim (Action against Hunger) since June 2013, an association that he chaired from 2010 to 2013 and directed from 2003 to 2006.

    He has chaired the Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations (French Center for Funds and Foundations) since June 2015.

    Benoît Miribel is also President of Bioport, a humanitarian logistics platform in Lyon (France), since June 2015. He is a co-founder of the Forum Espace Humanitaire, of the bilingual journal, Humanitarian Alternatives, and a co-founding member of the association, Friendship France, which operates in Bangladesh.

    In 2010, he co-authored with Alain Boinet a report commissioned by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (B. Kouchner) on the development of humanitarian action and its challenges.

  • 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

    International Development Director

    Dr. François-Xavier BABIN

    International Development Director

    François-Xavier Babin has served as the Director of International Development at Fondation Mérieux since July 2010. He is in charge of the management of the Fondation’s expatriates, the governance of research laboratories implemented by the Fondation, the coordination of fundraising, the development of a strategy in the countries in which the Fondation works and the management of international infrastructures (construction and maintenance).

    He was previously based in Asia from 2004 to 2010 as Regional Manager for Fondation Mérieux. 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

    Scientific Director

    Prof. Hubert ENDTZ

    Scientific Director

    Scientific Director of Fondation Mérieux since October 2013, Professor Hubert Endtz is a microbiologist with a broad, international background. Most recently, he has been Head of R&D and deputy Chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. He still holds the chair in Tropical Bacteriology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. 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.



    Communication Director


    Communication Director

    Koren Wolman-Tardy is Fondation Mérieux’s Communication Director since February 2013 and a member of the Foundation’s Management Committee since 2015. Before joining the Foundation, she worked in the healthcare industry, leading external communications at bioMérieux (2005-2012) and media relations at Sanofi Pasteur (2002-2004). She also has experience in communications and development in the non-profit sector and was in charge of development for the Aspen Institute of France (1997-2001). Koren Wolman-Tardy began her career in television, working, among others, as a journalist and producer for the French network, M6, and US network, CBS.

    Of French and American nationalities, she is a graduate of Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA).