The signing took place in Paris in the presence of Philippe Baptiste, Chief of Staff for Frédérique Vidal, the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Alain Beretz, Director-General for Research and Innovation.
This LIA will bring together three French partners – INRA, CNRS and INSA Toulouse – through their involvement in the Joint Research Unit for the Engineering of Biological Systems and Processes (LISBP) as well as two Singaporean partners – the National University of Singapore and the Biotransformation Innovation Platform (BioTrans) for the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
It will strengthen cooperation between France and Singapore. Using a synthetic and systems approach to biology, the knowledge acquired will support the development of innovative and effective strategies to create new biocatalysts. It will also help in efforts to engineer and optimise new bioprocesses and bio-based products derived from renewable resources for industrial needs.
The bioeconomy, which is based on the production of renewable bioresources, is an opportunity to tackle major societal challenges by developing sustainable processes that use renewable resources, waste and materials to create chemicals, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products, food products, raw materials and energy. This is a global priority, not only for the European Union (H2020 Programme) and France (national research strategy, regional innovation strategy) but for Singapore as well.