Renewal and development of the Institut Pasteur agreement with USP are discussed during a visit to the SPPU

Representatives of the French Consulate, FAPESP, and the State government met with the Coordinators of the Scientific Platform Pasteur-USP last Wednesday

Last Wednesday, April 20, Paola Minoprio and Luís Carlos de Souza Ferreira, Coordinators of the Scientific Platform Pasteur-USP (SPPU) for the Institut Pasteur and for the University of São Paulo (USP) respectively, welcomed representatives of the French Consulate, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the State government of São Paulo to discuss the expansion of the agreement that made possible the installation of the Platform in USP, at the capital city of São Paulo.

The SPPU was inaugurated in July 2019 with resources from the Institut Pasteur, USP, and FAPESP. Its work focuses on the development of diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines against emerging or neglected infectious diseases that are transmitted by pathogens that cause complex immune responses and problems in the nervous system. The Platform is seen as an intermediary phase for creating the Institut Pasteur of Brazil. The Institute’s initial aim projected for two sites: one in the city of São Paulo, with the University of São Paulo (USP) as its partner, and the other in the State of Ceará, partnering with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ).

Taking part in the visit were Nadège Mézié, Attaché for Science and Technology of the General Consulate of France in São Paulo; Carlos Américo Pacheco, Director-President of the Technical-Administrative Council of FAPESP; Rafael Andery, State Deputy Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation at the State Department for Economic Development, Science and Technology; and Déborah Ewelyn de Araújo da Silva, Advisor for International Cooperation for the Department of International Relations of the State of São Paulo. 

“Due to the advanced stage of development of the Platform, the visit was carried out with particular attention from the Board of Directors of the Institut Pasteur, who considered appropriate to accelerate this process of the Institut’s development in Brazil,” said Minoprio. The interest and support of the São Paulo government, according to her, can have a decisive impact on the implementation of the Institut Pasteur in the State.

Minoprio and Ferreira highlighted the importance of the heavy commitment assumed by USP, FAPESP, and the Institut Pasteur to the Scientific Platform Pasteur-USP (SPPU), which they affirm is a source of immense pride for both countries. “The outstanding achievements of the SPPU during these early years and its full integration into the academic and scientific communities are something that both France and the State of São Paulo can be proud of.”

The Coordinators pointed out that the inclusion of the SPPU as a full member of the Pasteur Network – currently made up of 33 research institutes in 25 countries – will bring greater visibility to the work carried out in São Paulo and implicate SPPU in a unique network for responding to public health emergencies within the “One Health” approach. “The Pasteur Network has gained international recognition and is specialized in pandemic preparedness, epidemiological surveillance, and health science expertise.”

The event was also marked by the presence of Chloé Rabiet, a legal expert in the area of International Law of the Institut Pasteur Direction of International Affairs, and it was held within the context of an approximation with the State government. Also, Jeancarlo Gorinchteyn, State Secretary of Health, and Marina Bragante, State Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology, recently visited the Platform.

The meeting took place subsequently to important events, as the workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with members of the Institut Pasteur Direction of Technology Transfer and Industrial Partnerships with the Innovation Department of FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro, and a visit by a French delegation to FIOCRUZ Ceará, in the city of Eusébio, exploring the development of medium- and long-term projects for the installation of a Pasteur-FIOCRUZ Scientific Platform.