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3BCAR: a map of patents available to companies working in the bioeconomy

The 3BCAR Carnot Institute is mapping all patents involving its components in order to facilitate access for companies to technology transfer in the field of the bioeconomy

portefeuille brevets de l’institut Carnot 3BCAR © 3BCAR
Updated on 08/23/2017
Published on 05/24/2017

The need for research and innovation to enable development of the bioeconomy

France equipped itself with a national bioeconomy strategy in January 2017, thus acknowledging the development of this economic model as a major challenge for the country. The bioeconomy should drive France in its transition from energy dependence on fossil resources towards a sustainable economy based mainly on the mobilisation of renewable carbon. Some French sectors which focus on valorising living organisms have already adopted this approach. The new strategy supposes major investment in research and innovation to render the bioeconomy both efficient and sustainable. France has a major advantage because of the excellence of its scientific research.  
However, the bioeconomy involves numerous disciplines, so it is necessary to go beyond any compartmentalisation by sector and work under more systemic approaches. This justifies the assembly of multidisciplinary skills and interactions between research actors in order to focus on the issues and obstacles to be overcome, as promoted by the 3BCAR Carnot Institute. The innovations offered to industry must therefore be integrated and transversal. 

Transversal mapping of patents held by the 3BCAR Carnot Institute

To ensure translation of the technologies developed by research structures into industrial applications, one of the major challenges is technology transfer. Research units are provided with support from valorisation structures to initiate fruitful dialogue with companies. In this context, intellectual property and notably the patents that protect technical innovations are of crucial importance.

The objective of 3BCAR is to widely disseminate its results in order to optimise their industrial and scientific impacts. When results have not been achieved through collaboration with a company, or when they can be used outside the area of application where the company has rights, technological opportunities are publicised in a targeted manner via valorisation structures.

Therefore, in partnership with the valorisation structures of its different components (INRA Transfert, SATT Toulouse Tech Transfert and SATT Aquitaine Sciences Transfert) the 3BCAR Carnot Institute initiated an inventory of all its patents in response to the need for multidisciplinary skills.  187 patents were thus mapped in detail according to three main areas of application: bioenergies, biosourced molecules and materials, thus enabling the formation of clusters of patents by process, market and functional properties. This mapping was then published in a brochure in March 2017 which also contains all ongoing technological opportunities that are being valorised by different partners. 

Download the patent portfolio of the 3BCAR Carnot Institute:  http://www.3bcar.fr/images/3BCAR__Livret_brevet-OT.pdf

3BCAR Carnot Institute:
Alexandre Brosse (+331 42 75 93 82)