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Toulouse White Biotechnology

TWB is a pre-industrial demonstrator hosted by INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique) that serves as a national and European focal point for industrial biotechnology, notably by increasing collaboration between industrial companies and academic laboratories. TWB lays on a joint public-private consortium that brings together 4 academic partners, 30 industry (including 10 International companies), 2 competitiveness clusters, 3 local government entities (including Region Midi Pyréenée, largest region in France) and 6 financial partners. 

TWB’s objective is to accelerate development and optimization of new bio-processes by providing scientific and technical assistance to industries and promoting market pull research. TWB facilitates access of its academic partners to main stakeholder in biotechnology including industrial players involved in relevant sectors (Biomass, Energy, Biomaterial, fine chemistry, cosmetics…).

The TWB consortium is an active component within the management structure of TWB, paying entry fees which are recycled into an annual precompetitive high-risk research program (1.2 M€ in the 2012 call) supervised by the demonstrator. TWB provides scientific as well as industrial networking, scientific monitoring, information on local, national and international calls and funding programs as well as specific services like Ethic and environmental impact assessment.

 TWB matches perfectly the aim of the SUPERBIO project as it has experience in public/private collaborations, idea validation through running funding programs, industrial networking, aggregation and formalization of industrial expectations, value chain consolidation and ability to bringing tools to unite various stakeholder around common socio-economics goals.

In this project, TWB will be WP leader of WP3. Its main tasks as cluster organization are related to communication/dissemination and organization of workshops, idea validation and value chain development and administrative tasks related to this. It also includes monitoring of the project.

Contact

Dr. Marie Tranier – marie.tranier@inra.fr – Tel.: +33(0)5 61 28 57 18