BioCampus Montpellier is the service unit dedicated to Life Sciences. It belongs to both BioHealth & Agriculture-Environment-Biodiversity. This unit is jointly funded and managed by CNRS (UAR 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
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.