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28/01/ 2004,Signature of letter of intent

On 28 January 2004, signature of a letter of intent by the Chinese Academy of Science and Institut Pasteur, in the presence of the Chinese President Hu Jintao, and the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, laying out their joint desire to create an Institut Pasteur in Shanghai.

30/08/2004,Signature of Agreement

On 30 August 2004, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Municipality of Shanghai, and Institut Pasteur sign a cooperation agreement for the creation of the “Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences.” The agreement is signed in the presence of Mrs Yan Junqi, Vice-Mayor of Shanghai, of Mr. Chen Zhu, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and of Mr. Philippe Kourilsky, Director General of the Institut Pasteur.

10/10/2004, Appointment of Director General and Co-Director

On 10 October 2004, at its first meeting, the Board of Directors of IPS-CAS appoint Prof. Vincent Deubel, a virologist, as Director General, Prof. Jingwu Zang, a neurologist, as Co-Director.


On 11 October 2004, the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences is inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, Mr. Chen Zhu, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mr. Tang Dengjie, Vice-Mayor of Shanghai and Mr. Philippe Kourilsky, Director General of Institut Pasteur.

07/2005,First Installation of research teams

The first four research labs open at IPS-CAS. The laboratories are run by  principal investigators, previously identified through a selective recruitment Process.


26/04/2006,Appointment to Prof. Bing Sun as New Co-Director

The Board of Directors appoints Prof. Bing Sun, an immunologist, as Co-Director of Institut Pasteur of Shanghai. Prof. Sun succeeds Prof. Jingwu Zang.


01/02/2010, Appointment to Prof. Ralf Altmeyer as New Director General

Prof. Ralf Altmeyer, a Virologist, is appointed as new Director General. Ralf Altmeyer succeeds Vincent Deubel, who was appointed Director General of the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia.


06/2013,IPS moves to its new 16,000 sqm building, in SIBS campus, on Yueyang Road.

The new building was inaugurated by the French President François Hollande; Mr TU Guangshao, Executive vice mayor of Shanghai City; Prof ZHANG Yaping, Vice President of CAS.


17/10/2014: IPS celebrates its 10th anniversary during the 50th commemoration of the French Chinese diplomatic relationship.     
Notorious researchers such as 2008 Medecine Nobel Prize Françoise Barré-Sinoussi gave lectures during the one day symposium on infectious disease research in a globalized world.