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Infectious diseases cause 17 million deaths each year around the world, predominantly in developing countries. For more than 45 years, Fondation Mérieux has been taking action to help ensure that every child, woman, and man has fairer access to essential healthcare.

Marcel Mérieux

What seemed essential to me was to bring scientific discoveries made within the secret confines of laboratories within reach to everyone.

Charles Mérieux

Learn more about the history of Fondation Mérieux since 1897

Fondation Mérieux is a family foundation established in 1967 by Dr. Charles Mérieux, in honor of his father Marcel Mérieux, a student of Louis Pasteur and founder of the Institut Mérieux in 1897. Fondation Mérieux was awarded official charitable status in France in 1976.

Over the years, Fondation Mérieux’s efforts have focused on bettering global health through a wide range of initiatives, including some of the first symposia on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the first training center for humanitarian workers, and France’s BSL-4 Jean Mérieux Laboratory for emerging pathogen research.

Today, Fondation Mérieux applies its longstanding expertise in clinical biology towards the creation of a network of laboratories of excellence in infectious disease. The Fondation also supports the renovation of clinical laboratories within communities to give local populations access to improved diagnostics capabilities for better disease prevention, detection and treatment. To enhance scientific expertise in the fight against infectious agents, Fondation Mérieux enables experts from around the world to work together at its Les Pensières conference center and brings training courses for lab professionals to the field.

By bringing together partners with diverse skills and cultural backgrounds, Fondation Mérieux has succeeded in creating an exceptional international network of scientists, researchers and public health experts active in infectious disease hotspots around the world.

In 2012, Fondation Mérieux USA was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. By establishing a presence in the nation’s capital, Fondation Mérieux USA is able to engage American partners in Fondation Mérieux initiatives and open opportunities for new collaborations and technological innovation. Fondation Mérieux USA also contributes to U.S. government efforts to counter biological threats and foster sustainable health systems around the world.

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