R & D projects

Different types of collaborative research and development projects are proposed, in connection with researchers from the top public laboratories. In order to facilitate the collaboration between private and public players, simple intellectual property rules have been pre-defined.

Projects are carried out according to good practice of “project management”, integrated into the quality management system of TWB (ISO 9001). Steering committees monitor the progress of topics, deciding their arrest or continuation based on their initial objectives.

Ethics and sustainable development approach is integrated throughout projects.

1. Pre-competitive research projects

“Pre-competitive” projects are research projects carried out in the very early stages of development, having high innovation potential and designed to generate intellectual property, technological breakthroughs and innovative start-up. Intellectual property remains 100% public, however an information priority is reserved for partners of the TWB consortium. These projects are self-financed by TWB via its consortium. One call for proposals is organized each year.

FDS-EUROPEEN-FEDER-300x79*Scholarships are allocated to post-doctoral fellows for projects under the “POST-DOC” Program of the regional authority “la Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée” and through the European Union (2014-2020 FEDER Program).

2. Competitive research projects

“Competitive” projects are funded by companies (consortium partner or not). They involve finalized research topics opening up important opportunities for use and return on investment in the short and medium term. The generated intellectual property belongs to the company.

3. Intermediate research projects         

“Intermediate projects” are co-funded by a national or European body (ANR, Bpifrance, EU) and companies, in response to calls for offers. Intellectual property is therefore shared. Currently, five such projects are underway:

SYNTHACS project

The SYNTHACS project is aimed at making use of biomass for the production of chemical synthons through synthetic biology. More precisely, the purpose of the project is to devise a metabolic pathway for the biological synthesis of a small reaction intermediate for the subsequent synthesis of high-value-added molecules. The project, with a total budget of € 8M, has received funds from the French National Research Agency (ANR), under the French Investments for the Future Program (PIA). It is headed by the multinational Adisseo and involves LISBP research teams that use TWB equipment. Project manager: Pr. Jean-Marie François – LISBP

PROBIO3 project

The ProBio3 project (PROduction BIOcatalytique de BIOproduits) involves the biocatalytic production of lipid bioproducts using renewable raw materials and industrial by-products. It has received ANR funding over a period of 8 years under the French Investments for the Future Program (PIA) and has a total budget of € 24.6M. It involves the companies Group Airbus, Tereos and Sofiprotéol, in partnership with the LISBP. TWB provides expertise in the field of ethics especially. Biofuel development is a priority for the aviation industry and is expected to increase substantially in coming years. The challenge lies in reducing the environmental impact of the aviation business while increasing energy independence and securing supplies. The ProBio3 project thus aims to develop a new biofuel production chain. Project manager: Pr. Carole Jouve-Molina – LISBP


The THANAPLAST project has been allocated a budget of €22M over 5 years. It is financed in part by Bpifrance (Industrial Strategic Innovation Programme). It brings together Carbios (project coordinator), the Barbier Group, Ulice (Limagrain Group), CNRS, the University of Poitiers and INRA (TWB, LISBP). The aim of the project is to create real industrial value from plastic materials at the end of their lifetime by developing innovative technologies capable of producing, transforming and recycling a wide variety of plastics using patented enzymatic processes. Project manager: Pr. Alain Marty – LISBP

2G BIOPIC project

co-funded-h2020-horiz_enThe objective of the European funded 2G BIOPIC project is to demonstrate the performance and reliability of the whole chain of production of bioethanol from agricultural residues (lignocellulosic biomass). 2G BIOPIC aims to design, build and optimize a second generation (2G) demonstration plant.

The project, with a total budget of € 56M, is supported by the CIMV company (Compagnie Industrielle de la Matière Végétale – Industrial Company of Plant Material). It includes TWB, CRT/CRITT Bio-Industries Midi-Pyrénées, Rolkem, Dyadic, Taurus Energy and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.

Project manager: Dr. Olivier Galy – TWB

SUPERBIO project

co-funded-h2020-horiz_enSUPERBIO is an European funded project led by Ghent Bio-Economy Valley (GBEV). It provides services to SMEs that could be financed by the EU. The project will contribute to the creation of new value chains in the field of bioeconomy. A platform enables networking and contacting stakeholders throughout the value chain. The total amount of the project is € 3.8M. SUPERBIO brings together a large number of technical partners (service providers) and European clusters as TWB, CTA from Andalusia and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. See video presenting SuperBIO Project manager: Dr. Olivier Galy – TWB Contact: Dr. Marie Tranier – TWB