About the Impact project "Biomolecules"
The Impact project "Biomolecules" of Lorraine University of Excellence (LUE), financed by the big loan and the industry for 5M €, develops a federative and finalized research based on 18 research laboratories and as many companies. This open consortium has the common goal of mobilizing all these skills to become an important player in the development of the bioeconomy. This project aims to set up a "Biomolecules - Bioengineering - Bioeconomy Network" (3B Network) which will produce new biomolecules, functionalized and vectorized, for the following markets: agro-chemistry, biocontrol, agro-food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and medical.
The project focuses on major biological activities: anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and antioxidant. These choices were motivated by: (i) the positioning of private partners in these markets and (ii) the internationally recognized skills in these fields, consortium laboratories that will validate the biological interest of biomolecules, up to the preclinical and pre-commercialization stages.
Scientific issues for Impact "Biomolecules" project partners include the study of the interactions between living organisms (microorganisms, plants) responsible for the synthesis of new compounds, the design of molecules inspired by nature, the control of their activity via their functionalization or their encapsulation / vectorization and the validation of their biological activity for their integration in industrial, and pharmaceutical products.
One of the main strengths of this project is the complementarity of the expertise available in participating laboratories and companies, which will cover all stages of development of biomolecules towards commercialization, from initial discovery to validation of their action mechanism.
The general objectives of the IMPACT BIOMOLECULES project are as follows:
- Intensify public / private collaborative research actions in the field of bioengineering at the local, national and international levels. These research activities range from the identification and generation of new biomolecules of interest, their functionalization, their vectorization, their integration into complex matrices and the characterization of their biological activities.
- Develop interdisciplinary projects between biologists, biotechnologists, chemists and physicists that will allow new areas of research to emerge.
- Generate marketable products and technologies in close collaboration with private partners.
- Develop a new master program in bioengineering and bioeconomy to enable the training of future leaders in this field, by backing this training to advanced research work and taking advantage of the range of expertise represented among the project partners (both public and private).