THE “A CENTURY OF PUBLIC HEALTH” MOVIE NOW ONLINE

The “A century of public health” movie, which was unveiled during the inauguration of the Campus de l’Étoile (the most recent among bioMérieux’s buildings), is now available on our website under the “Pasteurian Tradition” tab.

The film retraces the Mérieux family’s long-standing commitment to global public health. Starting with the company’s roots in Marcy l’Étoile, it takes viewers on a journey through the years, from Marcel Mérieux’s initial research in Lyon in 1897, all the way to the international growth of the companies that make up Institut Mérieux today.

Release of Institut Mérieux’s Newsletter #9

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The latest issue of Institut Mérieux’s Newsletter is now available on our website. Please click here.
Institut Mérieux’s Newsletter provides all the latest news about the Institute and its companies.
This issue presents some of the major projects of the Institute’s companies plus a special feature on the Foundation’s actions in the Middle East.

MARC BONNEVILLE: NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE ARIIS

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Marc Bonneville, Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Institut Mérieux will be taking over as Chairman of the Alliance for Research and Innovation in the Healthcare Industries (ARIIS). The purpose of this professional organisation affiliated to the French Health Industry Federation (FEFIS) is to break down barriers in private research and promote synergy between drugs, medical technology and diagnostics in both human and veterinary medicine. The ARIIS intends to create an environment which is conducive to innovation in cross-disciplinary health sectors such as digital health, decentralized diagnostics and the One Health concept which encompasses areas such as nutrition and antibiotic resistance.

Marc Bonneville originally trained as a veterinarian. He joined Institut Mérieux in 2013. A specialist in immunology, cancer and infectious diseases, he was formerly director of the LabEx ImmunoGraftOncology, Director of the Pays de Loire branch of the French blood bank, Director of the Nantes/Angers INSERM Cancer Research Center and head of research at the CNRS. He has authored numerous scientific publications and holds collective responsibilities in national and international research.

 

3 NEW YOUNG INVESTIGATORS AWARDS

A keen advocate of biology without borders, Institut Mérieux is committed to supporting research in emerging countries. Every year, the Young Investigators Awards reward young and promising researchers and investigators in emerging and developing countries. Last summer, three prices have been awarded.

 

September 2016
Abdoul Salam Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)

Abdoul Salam Ouedraogo is a pharmacist-biologist with a PhD from the University of Montpellier. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Bacteriology-Virology laboratory at the University Hospital in Bobo Dioulasso.

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He has contributed to several studies on the prevalence of meningococcal infections associated with bacterial meningitis, tuberculosis, and infections by drug-resistant bacteria in Burkina Faso, work that he’d like to continue and deepen in the next few years. Abdoul Salam Ouedraogo is also playing a very active role in the establishment of a microbiology course focused on antimicrobial resistance in Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the University of Montpellier.

September 2016
Prof. Hyukmin Lee (South Korea)

Professor of Laboratory Medicine (Yonsei University, Seoul), Director of General Affairs (Korean Society of Microbiology), and Director of Infection Control (Korean Society of Laboratory Medicine)

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Professor Hyukmin’s work focuses on antibiotic resistance to Gram+ bacteria (particularly Methicilline-resistant Staphylococci/MRSA and Vancomycine-resistant Enterobacteriacae/VRE), the Gram-negative bacteria that cause meningitis (Neisseria spp), and more generally the control of nosocomial infections. He helped establish a surveillance system for multi-resistant pathogens (in collaboration with the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and is playing an active role in several national programs for the control of nosocomial infections.

July 2016
Prof. Nguyen Vu Trung (Vietnam)

MD/PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Microbiology Department (Hanoi Medical University), Head of the Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology Department (Faculty of Medical Technology, Hanoi University), Vice-Director (National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi)Young Investigators Awards - Vietnam 2016

Professor Nguyen Vu Trung held a postdoctoral internship from 2000 to 2005 at the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden). His work addresses various issues in clinical microbiology in Vietnam, with a particular focus on the development and evaluation of “point of care” diagnostic tests adapted to the rapid diagnosis of sepsis. These developments are founded on multiple international collaborations, particularly with specialists in microfluidic approaches working on David Sinton’s team at the University of Toronto (Canada).

Franco-Chinese collaboration on tuberculosis diagnosis

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The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and the Institut Mérieux held a symposium on tuberculosis diagnosis in Beijing on September 13-14.

About 30 international scientific experts shared information on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a major public health challenge around the world and in China in particular.
The speakers discussed the various treatment options as well as in vitro diagnosis, which is key to caring for patients and controlling the spread of bacterial resistance.
Workshops provided an opportunity to identify which of the available diagnostic technologies best suit the various types of medical laboratories in China.

Particular attention was therefore paid to:
– rapid and easy-to-use tests used to identify forms of drug-resistant tuberculosis at a low cost,
– diagnosis of resistance to fluoroquinolones (the main second-line treatments),
– molecular tests targeting a large number of mutations associated with resistance,
– genomics approaches that aid in the overall understanding of the drug-resistant M. tuberculosis genotypes.

The more than 80 participants and their high-level work made this symposium a success. This initiative is in keeping with the commitment by the Institut Mérieux to collaborate with the international scientific community to develop new solutions for fighting infectious diseases.

The 2016 Christophe Mérieux Prize

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Professor Francine Ntoumi, from the Faculty of Science and Technology in Brazzaville (Congo), has been awarded the 2016 Christophe Mérieux Prize.

She was awarded the €500,000 prize on June 8, 2016 in Paris by the Institut de France, on behalf of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux. This award recognizes Professor Ntoumi’s research on infectious diseases in Central Africa and her commitment to improving biomedical research capacity in the Republic of Congo.

This Prize will help us expand our current research on malaria during pregnancy. Above all, it will help us set up a research and training center on infectious diseases, the first of its kind in Congo“, said Francine Ntoumi.

Professor Ntoumi was trained as a biologist and has a PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. She started her career researching malaria (immunology and molecular epidemiology) at Institut Pasteur in Paris, and continued her work in various countries such as Gabon, Germany, and Congo. She has held important positions in international organizations in the Netherlands and Tanzania.

 

VIVA TECHNOLOGY PARIS: Institut Mérieux’s Challenge

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Institut Mérieux participated in VIVA TECHNOLOGY, an international technology event that took place from June 30 to July 2, 2016 in Paris.
During this event, Institut Mérieux launched an innovation challenge for startups: “’One Health’ in action with connected diagnostics and big data”.

A number of startups responded to the challenge, and the winning company was i-Nside, based in Strasbourg, France. The prize included:
– A €50,000 convertible loan from Mérieux Développement, the Institute’s investment company
– €30,000 in coaching from Mérieux Université (“Transforming innovation into a profitable and sustainable business “)
– Privileged access to Institut Mérieux’s network of companies

 

The start-up i-Nside based in Strasbourg is using visual recognition solutions to build an accurate medical diagnosis platform. Through its patent portfolio, applied artificial intelligence systems, and sustainable mobile technology, i-Nside is bringing reliable and cost-efficient medical devices to physicians and patients all over the world including traditionally underserved markets like some parts of Africa, Asia, and South America.
First application is acute otitis: with a small device, one can attach to any smartphone, i-Nside is taking professional-grade medical images of the human ear and use them to diagnose problems.

i-Nside is achieving 99% accuracy in identifying ear problems with this visual diagnostic tool.
i-Nside have already partnered with the worldwide leader of endoscopic tools Karl Storz for distribution and is working with Clarifai  on the artificial intelligence systems.
Following a successful validation of the proof of concept using partnerships with external providers, the award money will be leveraged by internalizing the next development of the artificial intelligence algorithm and by launching the commercialization.

Mérieux Research Grants 2016

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On October 27 and 28, 2016 the annual meeting of Mérieux Research Grants laureates will be held at Les Pensières (Annecy, France).

The Mérieux Research Grants program, launched in 2009, has led to the creation of an exceptional network of scientists from around the world, with the objective to boost innovation in the fight against infectious diseases and cancer as well as improvements to nutrition. Without a doubt, the excellence and diversity of the projects presented this year will once again demonstrate the value of this research strategy that seeks to overcome geographic and disciplinary boundaries.