BioCampus Montpellier is the service unit of the RABELAIS BioHealth Cluster (Pôle Biologie-Santé). This unit is jointly funded and managed by CNRS (UMS 3426), INSERM (US 09), and Montpellier University. BioCampus Montpellier is the successor of the first common structure created in 1998 by the Life Science research units of the Montpellier area with the objective of structuring and pooling all available cutting-edge technological tools. Currently, BioCampus Montpellier manages the main technological platforms dedicated to Life Science research in the Mediterranean part of the French Occitanie region. Beside the BioHealth domain, BioCampus Montpellier is open to the entire scientific community, particularly to biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical research, agricultural sciences and ecology, and environmental sciences.
BioCampus Montpellier missions
To offer to public-sector users high-quality access to sophisticated technologies and to allow them to benefit of BioCampus engineers’ vast technological expertise.
To promote the regional economic development by opening the access to its advanced equipment to biotechnology companies, and by helping them to overcome technology barriers.
To pool the rare technological and human resources for the benefit of all public- and private-sector research and development actors.
To improve the technological offer by identifying and anticipating the needs, and by making new solutions available within its facilities.
To facilitate the emergence of partnerships with the industrial sector, and to support the maturation of innovative ideas generated by public- or private-sector research into industrial applications.
To strengthen the exchanges between clinicians and basic researchers and to favour the access to and the study of human specimens and patient cohorts.
To promote scientific exchanges and allow the creation of collaborative networks.
To propose high-quality training (supervision of Master and PhD students, implication in university teaching) and scientific events (technology workshops, organization of meetings, science days…).
BioCampus Montpellier technological facilities are housed at the main research centres for BioHealth/Agronomy/Environment and R&D of the Montpellier area, within a 4 kilometre radius in the north part of Montpellier.
A Charter defines the relations between BioCampus Montpellier and its platforms.
Funding and labelling/certifications:
BioCampus Montpellier and the associated facilities are strongly supported by their supervising institutions (CNRS, INSERM, and University of Montpellier), the Occitanie region, and Europe.
Most of BioCampus Montpellier facilities are certified locally and nationally by the label GPTR (Grand Plateau Technique de Recherche, région Occitanie; in English: Important Technical Platform for Research, Occitanie region) or IBiSA (Infrastructures en Biologie-Santé/Agronomie; in English: Infrastructure in BioHealth/Agriculture). These labels recognize the high quality of their service and R&D activities as well as their availability to all user types (local or international, public or private sector). Some of the BioCampus facilities are also involved in the «Infrastructure distribuée en Biologie» (Distributed biology infrastructure) project of the Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir (PIA; Investing for the Future Programme).
BioCampus facilities are at the heart of research. To offer the best possible service to users, most facilities implement the ISO 9001 quality management principles to constantly improve their offer (the ISO 9001 certification shows that the facility is managed according to this standard).
BioCampus Montpellier is co-financed by the European Union. Europe is present in the Languedoc-Roussillon (now Occitanie) region through the European Regional Development Fund.