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UPMC and the Institut Pasteur: close links

Professor Alice Dautry, President of the Institut Pasteur, and Professor Jean-Charles Pomerol, President of University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), have just signed an agreement establishing a strengthened and long-term partnership between the two institutions.

For several years, the Institut Pasteur and UPMC have been working in close collaboration in the fields of teaching and research.  As part of this, numerous UPMC students have carried out their masters and/or their theses at the Institut Pasteur and teacher-researchers from UPMC have conducted their research projects on the Institut Pasteur campus.

The new framework agreement will enable partner relations to be strengthened with regard to research (collaboration between laboratories and the creation of joint teams or units for shared research), with regard to masters teaching (the cross-involvement of teacher-researchers and reciprocal intake of interns) and with regard to teaching through research (the reciprocal intake and teacher training of doctoral students from both partners and joint doctoral teaching initiatives).

With regard to development, the framework agreement uses the conditions decided in June 2007 to finalise the mode of intellectual property management for joint research work.  Major discoveries have in fact been made jointly, in the field of fundamental biology, notably in genomics, and in the field of infectious diseases (notably HIV) and several families of patents are held in co-ownership and developed through licence contracts with some of the biggest players in the global pharmaceutics industry.

The Institut Pasteur, a major player in international biomedical research, has a unique campus with 130 laboratories and numerous advanced technologies.  For over a century, the Institut Pasteur has been closely linked with research, training and teaching activities and, every year, 250 young researchers prepare their theses in its laboratories.  Every year, the teaching centre takes in numerous participants from all continents.  With a significant portfolio of active patents (485), the Institut Pasteur is also an internationally recognised player for its partnerships with industry and for the applications of its discoveries.
For its part, UPMC, the largest French science and medical university complex, trains over 30,000 students with the support of a research potential that is unique in Europe: 3,500 teacher-researchers and 162 laboratories, the majority of which are associated with the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique; French national centre for scientific research), INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale; French national institute for health and medical research).  With 150 active patents, 50 licences and 300 research contracts totalling 25 millions euros, UPMC is also a major player in translational research.

Lastly, it should be emphasised that the agreement between the Institut Pasteur and UPMC opens the way to reinforcing the competitive international positioning of the two organisations in the fields of research, training and applications.
European Unit: In the Right Direction!

"Our mission is to assist researchers in the search for invitations to tender, putting together proposals and the administrative, financial and legal monitoring of accepted projects," explains Catherine Ora, head of the UPMC Europe office.  The unit monitors European Community research initiatives.  There are five members of staff covering all subjects and laboratories.  Their work is colossal; for the Seventh Framework Programme, UPMC submitted 83 projects, 23 of which have been selected.  Among them is the UPMC computing laboratory (LIP6) OneLab2 project, which involves 26 European partners from 13 countries.  This ambitious project, worth over €6 million, is devoted to the Internet of the future.  It should launch in September 2008, one year after the publication of the invitation to tender.