Frédérique Vidal was in Toulouse this Friday, October 22, visiting Toulouse White Biotechnology, Cnes, Laas and the Hemeria company. TWB supports start-ups and industries to develop new products based on carbon. “An example”, according to the minister.
You may have heard of this start-up that has developed degradable plastics that can be recycled into degradable plastic. A virtuous and carbon-free circle. Or even Michelin’s research to eliminate its tires of harmful resins. Or those of this American company, Aviwell, to create high nutritional content for chicken meals.
“Unique in France”
These three innovative and environmentally friendly activities have one thing in common: TWB, “a mixed service unit created in 2012, half public, half private, to help industry transform carbon into products of interest”, explains Olivier. Rolland, the executive director. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education and Research was this Friday, October 22 in Toulouse to visit TWB, a sort of “start-up midwife” in the field of biotechnology. TWB welcomes 135 people, including 40 from 9 start-ups and works with 35 industrial partners from around the world. “We produce 6 million euros per year of industrial contracts and we are at the origin of many patents”, explains Olivier Rollland to the Minister, who adds: “TWB is an example of what we want to develop, it is is the largest French site, in its field, and a major European site “, analyzes Frédérique Vidal, biochemist by training:” Aviwell managers, met during the visit, assured us that they could not find such an ecosystem in Boston, the city where they are located “.
During her day in Toulouse, the minister also visited the Cnes (National Center for Space Studies) where they were unveiled experiments in micro gravity and Martian missions, the Laas (Laboratory for analysis and architecture of systems) with a presentation of the nanotechnology and microtechnology plant, and the Hemeria company, which works on nanosatellites and the Damona project.