Pioneering diagnostics

Promoting access to diagnostics

bioMérieux supports the work of the Fondation Mérieux and the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux. These two independent family foundations focus on the fight against infectious diseases that affect developing countries, by building capacities, particularly in the field of diagnostics. 

The foundations work in close cooperation in around 30 countries. A number of projects to benefit the most vulnerable communities have been carried out thanks to support from bioMérieux

Renewed focus on maternal and infant health

Taking a global health approach, the Foundations actively support programs to protect the most vulnerable groups, especially mothers and children. In addition to working to build local biological capacity, they focus on food and water safety, nutrition, housing, education and socio-economic concerns . They continued initiatives in 2017 in countries where laboratories have been set up as well as countries affected by humanitarian crises.

In Iraqi Kurdistan

In Haiti

In Madagascar

The Foundations support several medical-social centers and associations by covering costs for hospitalization and medical exams and buying medicines.

Rodolphe Mérieux laboratories

A new laboratory in Tunisia

Construction of the new Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of Tunis. It will be the first BSL-3 containment laboratory in Tunisia and one of the only such labs in Africa. The new lab joins the network of Rodolphe Mérieux laboratories in Mali, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, Haiti, Madagascar, Lebanon and Brazil.

Renovations in Cambodia

Extensive renovations were undertaken in 2017 at the Rodolphe Mérieux laboratory, built in 2005 at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Cambodia. And lab’s technical capacities were also improved.


 Christophe Mérieux Prize

The 2017 Christophe Mérieux prize was awarded to Serge Eholié and Xavier Anglaret of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases and Associated Pathologies in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Together they direct a top-level team of Ivorian and French scientists who conduct research on infectious diseases and train young scientists in medical research. Since the prize was established in 2007 by the Fondation Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux, it has been awarded to 12 scientists who contribute at the grass-roots level to the fight against diseases affecting their countries. Prizewinners received €500,000.