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Vue aérienne de Toulouse

From biosciences to bioproduction

Toulouse, a dynamic place of testing in industrial biotechnologies.

1.3million

inhabitants

5billion

per year invested in R&D

120120,000

students

2020,000

researchers

BIOKET

Interview with Pierre Monsan, Director at Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB).

Main targeted application sectors:

  • energy
  • food and feed
  • health and cosmetics
  • environmental chemistry materials

The entire value chain from research to production:

Education

INSA - Institut national des sciences appliquées
The “Institut National des Sciences Appliquées” is an international and multidisciplinary state school offering 8 engineering majors including computer sciences, civil engineering, applied physics and biological engineering.

Research

LISBP - Laboratoire d’ingénierie des systèmes biologiques et des procédés
The international public lab holds an innovative position at the interface between life sciences and process sciences. Its work has applications in sectors of health, biotechnologies, environment, food processing, agri-business and chemistry.

Technology scale up

TWB - Toulouse White Biotechnology
This pre-industrial demonstrator provides a concrete response to industrial companies, biotechnology entrepreneurs and researchers to develop new biological production chains as an alternative to conventional ones.

Industrial scale up & transfer

CRITT - Bio-industries
CRITT Bio-Industries gives support to companies to design, improve, elaborate and qualify production processes (simple or complex molecules from raw materials).

Lallemand, a Toulouse leading industry

Lallemand develops, produces and markets yeast, bacteria, and derivatives of microorganisms for use in bakeries, wine, beer and alcohol producers, the fuel ethanol industry,  and pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries.

It employs approximately 3,500 people in over 45 countries.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast

Toulouse White Biotechnology: a preindustrial demonstrator

TWB forges links between research and industry. The projects are supported from research and proof of concept to pre-industrial development and industrial technology transfer including business creation.

Objectives

  1. To improve the development of new methods of sustainable production.
  2. To facilitate the public research with intervention from industrial players.

Services

  • Organising and running R & D projects.
  • Supporting startups.

TWB hosts startups, provides workspace and a range of services (advice, scientific and technological support, access to leading edge equipment…).

Key facts
8 million-euros turnover.
60 ongoing projects (R&D services).
145 projects since 2012.
Since June 2015 1,700 m2 and about 90 people.
In 2020, TWB will be back on the INSA campus in Toulouse. Total surface: 2,500 m2.

51 partners including:

Total - L’Oréal - Roquette - Michelin - Adisseo - Givaudan - Tereos - Servier - Agronutrition - Proteus - Helioscience

Toulouse, a centre of excellence from biosciences to bioproduction

Toulouse, a centre of excellence

From biosciences to bioproduction

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