Innovation is a major challenge for Aix-Marseille University, which has structured itself in such a way as to encourage the valorisation of research by setting up dedicated bodies and systems. AMU has chosen to organise its policy of innovation, development and technology transfer by leading and coordinating the missions of the various players on the site, each of whom act at a different level of the value chain.
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 region, both for the socio-economic world and for its inhabitants, thus fulfilling both the university's mission of disseminating scientific culture and the desire to animate the metropolitan area.
Aiming for an international influence based on its local roots, and relying on the flagship of its local companies established worldwide, the Aix-Marseille City of Innovation and Knowledge aims to become a major economic attraction based on all the players in innovation and public research.
The Valuation Committee
The valorisation committee is the University's body that takes an interest in the valorisation potential of the research work of the University's laboratories and coordinates their development with all the AMU partners. It supports the emergence of start-ups created by Aix-Marseille University researchers. It also coordinates and steers relations with all its partners, and more particularly with SATT Sud.-East.
A network of structures at the service of innovation
Innovation is the result of a collective effort. In conjunction with the University, a whole network of structures is mobilized to enable the technologies and projects resulting from the research units to be exploitable and marketable:
- Directorate for Research and Development (DRV)
Accompaniment of research units and their staff in all the necessary steps to set up public research projects at regional, national and international levels (local authorities, ANR, FUI, FEDER, NIH, etc.) and monitoring of their implementation (consortium agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc.).
- A*Midex Foundation
Management of funds allocated under the Idex, Initiative of Excellence of the Aix-Marseille site
Subsidiary of AMU ensuring the instruction and management of partnership contracts (private financing) and European (financing programmes of the European Commission H2020).
- Technology Transfer Acceleration Company - South-East SATT
Support for the legal (intellectual property), economic (market) and technological maturation of inventions from regional research laboratories
- Incubators : Impulse (generalist incubator) and Belle de Mai (Incubator on multimedia)
Support and financing of business creation projects
- Carnot STAR Institute
Public scheme dedicated to the development of partnership research in the field of Sport - Health - Well-being
- Territorial Innovation Poles (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 Territorial Innovation Poles (PIT). 3 Sectors 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 of the Aix-Marseille site
Aix-Marseille University and its partners (CNRS, INSERM) have created the "Plateformes Technologiques du site d'Aix-Marseille" label. There are more than 50 of them today.
These platforms provide the scientific community and the socio-economic world with cutting-edge infrastructures for the execution of research contracts, partnership collaborations or external services.
- Entrepreneurship with AMU which develops awareness of business creation
- City of Innovation and Knowledge Aix-Marseille (CISAM)
> Valuation Team
Karine Wepierre , Director of the Contractual and Industrial Activities Division
Tel: 04 91 39 65 28
Jalila Chikhaoui, in charge of Platforms and Valorization in the SHS field
Tel: 04 91 39 66 81
Karine Chéhanne, Interface Officer with the SATT and relations with the business world / CISAM
Tel: 04 86 13 61 79
Lionel Leblanc, Interface with SATT and relations with the business world / CISAM
Tel: 04 13 55 04 08