Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
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Biotechnology

An industry of the future backed by the expertise developed in the health sector.

Presentation

5 major areas of application where regional biotech skills are developing:

  • Human health: R&D and production of drugs, particularly to treat cardiovascular diseases, cancer and nosocomial diseases
  • Agricultural supply sector: research, production and worldwide marketing of field crop seeds
  • Cosmetics: R&D and production of active ingredients from plants
  • Food processing: R&D and production of ingredients (yeast, nutrients, bacteria, etc.) having beneficial health properties
  • Environment: development of products and procedures (bacterial and enzyme products, filtration membranes, methanization, etc.) for the treatment and elimination of pollutants

Key figures

  • 90 companies
  • 3,400 employees
  • 3,650 public and private researchers in life sciences
  • 17,800 students in health and life sciences including 4,500 graduates every year


Main players

Competitiveness cluster, networks and structures dedicated to the sector

  • 3 Competitiveness clusters:
    • Agrimip Sud-Ouest Innovation: focuses on agrichains to promote production sectors for the emergence of agrichains meeting market demands for high quality products that respect the environment
    • Cancer-Bio-Health: development of technologies and innovative products to improve patient care and contribute to the fight against cancer
    • Water, world competitiveness cluster: evaluation and optimization of water resources through associated pollution control technologies
  • BioMédical Alliance: group of companies in the Bio Health sector in Midi-Pyrenees
  • WSM Cluster (Water Sensors and Membranes). Position: membrane and sensor technologies applied to water resources


Industrial fabric comprising many innovative SMEs:

Human health:
Adisseo, Argène, Cayla Invivogen, Cerenis Therapeutics, Diasys France, Genticel, GTP Technology, Millegen, Orfagen, Vectalys...

Agricultural supplies:
Agronutrition, Biogemma, Caussade Semences, Euralis Semences, Monsanto, Pioneer France, RAGT, Soltis, Syngenta France, Vivadour...

Food:
Biosentec, Biostime Pharma, Dynadis, Genibio, Laboratoires Jerodia, Lallemand, Libragen, Novaleads, Nutritis, Phodé...

Cosmétics:
Actichem, Biogest, Kobo Products, Laboratoires Lebeau, Libragen, Parfums Berdoues, Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmétique, Serp, Syntivia, Sicre Cosmétiques...

Environment:
AB7 Industries, ABC Membranes, Aquasource, Bioqual, Lobial, Methaneva, Neosens, Olva Technologies, Phodé, Polymen...


Education & Training

4 Universities: UT1 Capitole, UT2 Le Mirail, UT3 Paul Sabatier, INPT,
Doctoral school "Biology-Health-Biotechnologies"
Prestigious Grandes Écoles: INSA of Toulouse, École des Mines Albi-Carmaux


R&D

Technology transfer organizations and technological platforms: