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1897: The Mérieux Legacy

Following in Pasteur’s footsteps, Marcel Mérieux, who studied under Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux, established Institut Mérieux in 1897. Initially under the direction of Dr. Charles Mérieux (Marcel’s son) and later Alain Mérieux (Marcel’s grandson), Institut Mérieux became a world leader in the field of human and veterinary vaccines.


1967: Silliker Legacy

Silliker is the historical pillar of Mérieux NutriSciences and a pioneer in the field of food safety and quality. The company was created in 1967 in the United States by Dr. John H. Silliker, a microbiologist known for his work on Salmonella, who began his own business with a staff of just four people. With its headquarters in Chicago (Illinois), the company has grown rapidly.



1996: Institut Mérieux becomes a shareholder of the Silliker Group Corporation.


2010: Better Foods for Better Health

Since 2010, Mérieux NutriSciences has supported the international ”Better Foods for Better Health” conference, which brings together clinicians, representatives of health organizations, regulatory authorities and manufacturers to discuss the challenges relating to nutrition and to advance public health.


2011: Silliker Group Corporation becomes Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation


2020 : A company of the Mérieux Group

Mérieux NutriSciences now operates more than 100 laboratories in 27 countries.

With 50 years of experience in food safety and quality, Mérieux NutriSciences has won the confidence of the food processing industry and extended its expertise to various industrial sectors.