In 1917, Marcy-l’Étoile became home to Institut Mérieux’s first laboratories and herds of horses. This small farming town bore witness to the emergence of a global adventure to fight infectious diseases.

a global village 

In 1917, Marcel Mérieux needed more space for his horses, and then the cattle he used to produce serums. He moved them to Marcy-l’Étoile and never left. From that point on, this small town west of Lyon was to experience an exceptional destiny.

Over the years, Marcy-l’Étoile has hosted heads of state, vaccinology experts, doctors, and veterinarians from all continents. As its expertise has expanded, it has become a veritable biotechnology hub, alongside the VetAgro Sup veterinary school.

The vaccines and diagnostic tests produced in Sanofi and bioMérieux’s bio-industrial labs in Marcy-l’Étoile are now used throughout the world in the global fight against infectious diseases.

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