In 2015 Silliker, Inc., the leading international network of ISO 17025 accredited food testing and consulting laboratories, rebranded to Mérieux NutriSciences as part of a global brand transition. Mérieux NutriSciences is a subsidiary of Institut Mérieux, an international group with over 13,000 employees dedicated to offering new solutions to public health challenges worldwide.

"Silliker has been part of Institut Mérieux since the nineties and we were incorporated as Mérieux NutriSciences in 2011; for many of our customers our brand transition is not breaking news," said Silliker NA President Jim Miller. "Under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Sans, Mérieux NutriSciences has grown to over 100 locations in 22 countries, and we are excited to be part of this vibrant and expanding organization." 

With historical roots tracing to Louis Pasteur, the Mérieux name is universally recognized for its historic work on the development of life saving vaccines to its current research on the human microbiome. Privately held, Institut Mérieux generates annual sales in excess of 2 billion euros from its three subsidiaries, bioMérieux, Transgene and Mérieux NutriSciences, and innovation-focused entities -- Mérieux Développement and ABL Inc.

Noting Silliker closed one historic chapter and began another, Miller emphasized that its clientele did not experience any changes in services. "Our customers continue to work with the same dedicated professionals who are committed to protecting their brand," Miller said. "Standing behind them is an incomparable team of Mérieux NutriSciences scientists ready to help them succeed on the local and international stage."

The Silliker name continues to have a presence in the food industry, according to Miller. "The legacies of Dr. John H. Silliker, our company founder, Dr. Russell Flowers, who led the company for over 20 years, and countless employees will live on," Miller said. During summer 2015, the organization's state-of-the-art laboratory in Crete, IL, was renamed the John H. Silliker Solution Center and the Silliker Lecture Series, a fixture at annual meetings of the International Association for Food Protection, will continue into the foreseeable future.