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The Institut Pasteur and Merieux Alliance Take First Step Towards a Long-Term Research Partnership in the Field of Infectious Diseases
Date:5/18/2009

PARIS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institut Pasteur and Merieux Alliance have signed a letter of intent for a long-term research partnership.

The Institut Pasteur and Merieux Alliance (which comprises the companies: bioMerieux, Transgene, Shantha Biotechnics, ABL and Silliker) would like to pool their resources and efforts to fight infectious diseases through major research projects, spanning the following fields:

    - Clinical diagnostics and theranostics (in partnership with
      bioMerieux and Transgene)

    - Food safety and microbiological control, nutrition, health
      and environment (with bioMerieux and Silliker)

    - Immunotherapy (with Transgene and Shantha Biotechnics)

The research projects under consideration must focus on major pathologies calling upon expertise in the fields of virology, bacteriology and immunology. The results of these joint research projects could be utilized by the Merieux Alliance companies and would enhance the Institut Pasteur's patent portfolio, contributing to the valorization of its research efforts.

This collaboration between a world-renowned scientific foundation and a major bioindustrial group exemplifies the cross-disciplinary approach needed to develop new solutions for fighting infectious diseases. It also represents a new and significant milestone in the collaboration between the Institut Pasteur and a group sharing Pasteurian roots, dedicated to biology and serving public health worldwide.

The signature of this letter of intent follows an agreement signed between the Institut Pasteur and the Fondation Merieux on April 14th, aimed at encouraging collaboration in the fight against infectious diseases in developing countries. This includes research to develop solutions adapted to local constraints, interactions between the international network of Pasteur institutes and the Fondation Merieux's GABRIEL netwo
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