Our Commitments

LIBERTÉ  of discovery

LIBERTÉ of discovery

Follow regularly
Fondation Ipsen activities and
add everyday some science in your life

Every year, over 1.5 million scientific studies are produced worldwide. The Fondation IPSEN screens everyday scientific literature and makes scientific knowledge understandable and available to everyone through all our initiatives (meetings, life manuals, contests, journal club, etc.)

EGALITÉ <br> in Society

in Society

Because it is necessary
to be involved and change issues
that make our world unfair.

We at the Fondation IPSEN consider that issues like gender disparities, disparities between western and developing countries, child abuse or even the climate crisis are no longer acceptable. We are convinced that scientists, from all horizons, can offer solutions and make our world a better place to live in.

FRATERNITÉ <br> in Science

in Science

Because emerging knowledge
and young scientists deserve to be
better known and recognised.

Since our creation under the auspices of Fondation de France in 1983, we have supported researchers from around the world in the dissemination of their work, despite obstacles. It is for this reason that, at the Fondation IPSEN, we organise scientific congresses that focus on the most promising advances, and award new prizes to shed light on the emerging generation of scientists.

The Fondation IPSEN is a non-profit foundation under the aegis of the Fondation de France, fully and philanthropically dedicated to its three missions:

– Disseminate and adapt scientific knowledge for the general public

– Recognise and help the new generation of scientists

– Contribute to awareness and the resolution of major causes in society

All our actions are carried out in transparency and respect our ethical commitments with our donors and the Fondation de France.

We have built a network of
scientific excellence to bring you
scientific knowledge



Our History

Our mission, in 1983, was to contribute to scientific research in the fields of Life Sciences and Biomedicine. We work to advance the sharing of scientific knowledge in key areas of medical research, highlighting fundamental advances, fostering connections between domains, and publishing our proceedings.

We quickly identified aging as an emergent area of interest,
with vast ramifications for both medicine and society. We
organised the first of a series of international meetings,
bringing together leading specialists from around the world,
before creating the Fondation Ipsen Longevity Prize.

Over the years, we have extended our approach to organise meetings of
specialists working in the fields of Neurosciences, Endocrinology, and Cancer Science,
and award prizes for outstanding work in Neurosciences and Endocrinology.
We work both on our own, and in partnership.
Recently, our partners have included the journals Science and Nature,
or the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden
(responsible for awarding the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine).

We see the Fondation Ipsen as a catalyst for the sharing of knowledge.
We do not directly fund or conduct research ourselves,
but rather identify and bring together leading researchers in pivotal fields.
To date we have organised some 250 meetings and awarded 145 prizes.








A foundation under the aegis of Fondation de France

image Photo credit: T. Salva/Lumento, C. Charzat, T. Trossat, J-C.Hecquet et Fondation de France

A foundation under the aegis of Fondation de France

With nearly 50 years’ experience, Fondation de France is France’s largest philanthropy network. It brings together founders, donors, volunteer experts, experienced employees and thousands of associations, all committed and driven by the desire to take action. With players established across the nation, in rural areas as well as in cities, it has a direct understanding of the issues that matter on the ground.

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Helping vulnerable people

“The economic crisis is widening gaps. People precarious, with disabilities, elderly, sick…the more fragile are first in line. Everywhere in France, the projects supported aim to reconstruct the social link, respecting the autonomy and dignity of the people.”

Developing knowledge

“To meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, the Foundation of France encourages the development and dissemination of knowledge. Education, Culture, medical research, science and technology… All projects are the bearers of hope and progress.”

Reconciling mankind with its environment

“Develop a new model of sustainable growth, respectful of the environment and future generations… This is the issue-key to the 21st century. First private funder French for the environment, the Foundation of France supports projects that build on the consultation, innovation and citizen engagement.”

Promoting philanthropy

“Sign of a dynamic civil society and responsible, the development of philanthropy is part of the missions of the Foundation of France. Objectives: to foster all forms of generosity, professionalize the operation of foundations, promote and share innovative practices, radiate the French philanthropy.”

Leadership team

Dominique Couzy

Dominique Couzy

Head of Administration

Celine Colombier-Maffre

Celine Colombier-Maffre

Director of Publications

Dr. Yannick Tanguy

Dr. Yannick Tanguy

Director of Scientific Communication

Pr. James A. Levine

Pr. James A. Levine