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Agreement signed between UPMC and the Institut Curie

Professor Jean-Charles Pomerol (left) and Professor Claude Huriet

The Institut Curie and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) have strengthened their association with the signature of a major agreement.

President of the Institut Curie, Professor Claude Huriet, and Professor Jean-Charles Pomerol, UPMC President, have signed this four-year agreement to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions in terms of both research and teaching. This agreement illustrates their shared wish to simplify and modernise the management of their research units, as recommended by the report presented by François d’Aubert in April 2008. The agreement also allows for the exploitation of shared results and the management of all contracts, including industrial contracts, to be delegated to the Institut Curie.


This agreement strengthens a long-established alliance between France’s top oncology research center and top university: many UPMC students do their Masters or their PhD at the Institut Curie, and scientists from UPMC conduct studies at the Institut Curie research center.

Under the new agreement, cooperation will intensify in terms of research (collaboration between laboratories, creation of teams or research units), teaching and training through research (hosting and supervision of interns and doctoral students)


In order to simplify exploitation circuits, the Institut Curie will be the sole promoter of joint results and industrial partnerships, with a mandate to negotiate and sign all contracts. Similarly, if necessary, UPMC will become the sole promoter for any mixed research units that it might come to host. For the sake of simplicity, the allocated share of intellectual property rights for joint results are fixed in advance for each unit.

The Institut Curie, a major player in international oncology
, boasts a research center of 85O staff, divided into 75 teams within 13 mixed units, and numerous cutting edge technology platforms (imaging, genomics, proteomic…). Its research activity, based on a multidisciplinary approach associating biologists, chemists, physicists and doctors, is closely linked to teaching and training: more than 170 young researchers are studying for their doctorate at the Institut Curie and about 30 Masters students are hosted there each year. A private foundation with a top-class hospital connected to its research centre, a pioneer of many treatments, the Institut Curie was established in 1909 to a model imagined by Marie Curie and which remains avant –garde: “from basic research to innovative treatments”. Here, 2 100 researchers, doctors and nursing staff are driven by the same ambition: beating cancer.

UPMC at the heart of excellence
. UPMC is the biggest medical and scientific complex in France with 31 000 students, 6 000 of whom are foreign, and 10 000 staff including 3 250 lecturers, researchers and doctors. The university conducts top-class, society-oriented research: 5 000 publications per year (about 8 % of total French publications); 122 research structures associated with major research bodies and renowned partners such as the CNRS, INSERM, IRD, IFREMER, the CEA and the CNES; 20 doctoral schools with 3 500 doctoral students; 700 doctorates issued every year (10 to 12 % of scientific theses in France), 200 of which are co-supervised by foreign universities; and 4 research sectors: modeling and engineering; energy, matter and the universe; living earth and environment; life and health.
UPMC has been awarded many prestigious national and international prizes: the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997, the Fields Medal… It is France’s number 1 university in the international Shanghai ranking, 5th in the Leiden ranking, 1st in the world in mathematics, in the top 5 in chemistry and the top 10 in physics, engineering and materials science.