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Socioeconomical partnerships

Updated on 12/17/2013
Published on 11/19/2013

Lastly, french stimulus “Investment for the future” is currently amplifying and accelerating this regional development, by consolidating the medium- and long-term actions between institutions, thus enhancing the appeal of research, training and competitiveness of our region.

Through dialogue built up with partners and a system rooted in strong scientific dynamics, the centre’s teams have played a major role in projects in Plant Science such as the labex TULIP with the CNRS and Paul Sabatier University. The continuation of research activities in the field regarding agronomic systems is fostered through participation in the PHENOME facility dedicated to plants phenotyping at land scale.

Scientists have been able to take part in several cross-disciplinary projects in human and social sciences with Labex IAM of the Toulouse School of economics (TSE), Labex SMS with UT2 Le Mirail University, and Labex IAST with the whole of the Toulouse University campus. The growing strength of projects in partnership with the socio-economic world in support of the development of a knowledge-based economy is emphasize with the centre of excellence  “Toulouse White Biotechnologies” (preindustrial demonstrator in white biotechnology coordinated by INRA in close collaboration with INSA and the CNRS), and also through INRA’s role in collaborative projects on biotechnologies and bio-resources (Synthacs, BreadWheat, Amaizing, Sunrise), and more broadly, by its contribution to CARNOT « 3BCar »  within the framework of green chemistry.

Finally, in the field of animal sciences and health, teams from Toulouse co-direct the national France Génomique facility (Sequencing, genotyping), and are partners with the Veterinary school and INSERM for the Equipex ANINFIMIP a Midi-Pyrenees animal house facility dedicated to high-security infectious diseases. They also contribute to the CARNOT « ICSA » institute in animal health, providing an opening to the economic world.

As a consequence of excellence in Toulouse, the Toulouse idex (UNITI), with whom INRA is a partner within EPST, represents the foundations of one of the largest internationally ranked French university groups . In this aspiring Toulouse University, INRA is a player in the co-construction of a pluridisciplinary partnership-based coordination, strategically recognized under the theme of “Sustainable management systems of natural resources and the environment for food, feed, fiber and fuel in a context of global change”. This project space provides the opportunity for future scientific coordination, to meet the enormous agriculture, food and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

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Toulouse White Biotechnologies

TWB vise à créer un démonstrateur préindustriel pour développer de nouvelles voies de production durables à partir des agro-bio-ressources. Il a pour objectif le développement d'une économie basée sur l'utilisation du carbone renouvelable c’est à dire la fabrication industrielle de produits chimiques, énergétiques, pharmaceutiques, domestiques ou alimentaires à partir de biomasse.

Lauréat en mars 2011 de l’appel à projet des Investissements d’Avenir « Santé et Biotechnologie - Démonstrateurs préindustriels », le projet TWB rassemble 36 partenaires* au sein d’un consortium privés / public original. Porté par l'Inra, TWB devrait mobiliser plus de 80 M€ sur 10 ans.


(*) TWB repose sur un partenariat entre le LISBP (Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés, unité mixte de recherche Inra-Insa-Cnrs), Inra Transfert et l'Ecole Supérieure d'Ethique des Sciences (ESES) de l'Institut Catholique de Toulouse. Soutenu par le PRES de Toulouse, le projet associe également deux collectivités (Région Midi-Pyrénées et Sicoval), 3 investisseurs (ABA, Seventure et Sofinnova), 9 grands groupes industriels, parmi lesquels Total, Veolia et Adisseo, 6 PMEs, dont les PME régionales GTP Technology et LibraGen, ainsi que le pôle de compétitivité Agrimip Sud Ouest Innovation.