Innovation and valorisation

Innovation is a major challenge for Aix-Marseille University, which has structured itself in such a way as to promote the value of research by setting up dedicated bodies and mechanisms. AMU has chosen to organize its innovation, development and technology transfer policy by leading and coordinating the missions of the various players on the site, each acting at a different level in the value chain.

Schéma du processus de transfert de technologie

The year 2018 marks a turning point with the creation by AMU and its partners of the Cité de l'Innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille (CISAM), which aims to be the showcase of the territory, both for the socio-economic world and for its inhabitants, thus responding both to the mission of spreading the university's scientific culture and to the desire to promote the metropolitan territory.

Aiming for an international influence based on its local roots, and relying on the flagship of its local companies established worldwide, the Cité de l'Innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille aims to become an essential economic attraction centre based on all the players in innovation and public research.

The Valuation Committee

The Commercialization Committee is the University's body that is interested in the valorizable potential of the research work of the University's laboratories and coordinates their development with all AMU partners. It supports the emergence of start-ups created by researchers from Aix-Marseille University. It also coordinates and manages relations with all its partners, and more particularly with the South SATT.-East.

A network of structures at the service of innovation

Innovation is the result of collective work. In collaboration with the University, a whole network of structures is mobilized to enable technologies and projects from research units to be exploitable and marketable:

  • Research and Valorisation Directorate (DRV)
    Supporting research units and their staff in all the necessary steps to set up public research projects at regional, national and international level (local authorities, ANR, FUI, FEDER, NIH,...) and monitoring their implementation (consortium agreements, confidentiality,...)
  • A*Midex Foundation
    Management of funds allocated under the Idex, Initiative d'excellence du site Aix-Marseille
  • Protisvalor
    Subsidiary of AMU ensuring the appraisal and management of partnership contracts (private funding) and European contracts (European Commission programme funding H2020)
  • Technology Transfer Acceleration Company - SATT South East
    Support for the maturation of inventions from regional research laboratories in the legal (intellectual property), economic (market) and technological fields
  • Incubators : Impulse (generalist incubator) and Belle de Mai (Multimedia Incubator)
    Support and financing of business creation projects
  • Carnot Institute
    Assistance to companies in the development of their R&D in the fields of Sport and Well-being
  • Pôles d'Innovation Territorial (PIT): Attentive to the development of its relocated sites, Aix-Marseille University intends to create new bridges between the worlds of research and business, and wishes to promote a new model of local development in the form of Pôles d'innovation territoriaux (PIT). 3 clusters have already been set up: in Digne-les-Bains, Arles and Aubagne.
  • Competitiveness clusters
    To promote synergies between companies / research units / training institutions on targeted themes

The technological platforms at the Aix-Marseille site

Aix-Marseille University and its partners (CNRS, INSERM) have created the "Technological Platforms of the Aix-Marseille site" label. There are now more than 50 of them.

These platforms provide the scientific community and the socio-economic world with state-of-the-art infrastructure for the execution of research contracts, partnership collaborations or external services.

Framework agreements

Aix-Marseille Université has signed numerous framework agreements with various companies and organizations to promote partnerships and joint actions.

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Contact information

Research and Development Directorate

Valuation team > Valuation team
Karine Wepierre, Director of the Contractual and Industrial Activities Division
Tel: 04 91 39 39 65 28

Jalila Chikhaoui, Platform and Valorisation Manager in the SHS field
Tel: 04 91 39 39 66 81

Karine Chéhanne, in charge of the interface with SATT and relations with the economic world / CISAM
Tel: 04 86 13 61 79

Lionel Leblanc, Head of the interface with SATT and relations with the economic world / CISAM
Tel: 04 13 55 55 04 08