A memorandum of understanding was signed on January 25 between the Institut Pasteur and the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research of India, CSIR, during a hybrid ceremony. This agreement aims to strengthen collaboration with the CSIR laboratories, in particular the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB). This new synergy will result in the implementation of joint projects with collaborations in fields as varied as genomics and infectious diseases.
In the presence of Prof. Stewart Cole, Presient of the Institut Pasteur and his counterpart Dr. Shekhar Mande, Director General of CSIR, several directors of both institutions attended the ceremony conducted under the patronage of the French Ambassador to India, Mr. Emmanuel Lenain. He presented his hopes for the realization of this agreement as well as the guest of honor, Dr. Claire Giry, Director General for Recherche and Innovation, French Ministry of Higher Education, Recherche and Innovation.
After the opening speeches and the live signing, Dr. Vinay K Nandicoori, Director of the CCMB, and Prof. Christophe d'Enfert, Deputy Director General for Science of the Institut Pasteur, presented and discussed the axes concerned by the bilateral agreement. These include genomics, antimicrobial resistance, precision medicine, emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, etc. Various opportunities were mentioned to concretize this agreement such as the possibility of creating a Pasteur International joint research Unit - PIU. Scientists then shared their vision of this new synergy before concluding the ceremony.