About 18 months after it announced it would invest $48 million and add 44 jobs, diagnostics company bioMérieux has plans to break ground in Durham.

The French-based life sciences company received $400,000 from Durham County in February 2013 and a $200,000 grant from the state a month before. But it has been relatively quiet about the expansion since then.

On July 9, that will change.

CEO Alexandre Mérieux along with Americas President and CEO Stefan Willemsen are scheduled to join Gov. Pat…