Understanding and learning from leaders of the past is fundamental to shaping our future. We are fortunate to have so many great ambassadors in which our roots were built and are able to draw on their vast experiences from Silliker to Mérieux NutriSciences. In this article, we show how the blending of Mérieux with Silliker Laboratories was the perfect match.

Marcel Mérieux, The Origin

Marcel Mérieux first studied biology under Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist and chemist, renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.

In 1897, Marcel founded an analysis laboratory in Lyon, France that would become the prestigious Institut Mérieux. It was in this laboratory that Marcel Mérieux developed the first antitetanus sera.  

Marcel Mérieux is the father to Dr. Charles Mérieux, the grandfather to Alain Mérieux, and the great grandfather to Alexandre Mérieux, who now presides over the Board of Mérieux NutriSciences.

Origins of Mérieux NutriSciences

In 1937, Dr. Charles Mérieux, took up the reins of his father’s laboratory. He introduced a technique developed by Dutchman Frenkel called in vitro culture which revolutionized the manufacture of vaccines and led to the production of reagents for in vitro diagnostic testing.

The family’s corporate holding was later extended in the 1990s to address food safety and nutrition issues, through the acquisition of Silliker Laboratories, a food testing company. It was this acquisition that would later become one of the market leaders in food safety known as Mérieux NutriSciences.

Food safety and nutrition are major public health challenges that are integral to public health policies in many countries. More broadly, protecting health entails the security of products that could, in their daily use, risk the health of consumers.

Mérieux NutriSciences is also increasing its presence in emerging countries, particularly in China, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and India, with the purpose of answering these countries’ growing demands.

Today, Mérieux NutriSciences works with clients as a trusted partner to promote public health through analysis, consulting, auditing, training, contract research, and sensory analysis services. An integral part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences contributes to advancing science and addressing the concerns of manufacturers through a uniform approach of quality.


The Fondation Mérieux

The Foundation Mérieux was established in 1967 by Doctor Charles Mérieux, in honor of his father, Marcel Mérieux. It was awarded official charitable status in 1976.

The Foundation Mérieux is an independent family foundation. Each successive generations sharing common values in the Pasteurian tradition, have succeeded in passing on their vision of biology serving public health worldwide.

By bringing together partners with a wide range of skills and cultural backgrounds, Dr. Charles Mérieux has succeeded in creating an exceptional international network. Foundation Mérieux has thus played a unifying role in catalyzing initiatives with the common goal of fighting infectious diseases worldwide.

Under the impetus of Alain Mérieux and Dr. Christophe Mérieux, the Foundation has refocused its action in the field at the heart of infectious areas, with the support of Foundation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux.


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