Research valorisation aims to transfer the results of academic research to the socio-economic world so that society can benefit from the results of research in a tangible way, other than through enhanced intellectual knowledge.
The valorisation department’s missions
In 2006, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle created a valorisation department tasked with the following:
- the monitoring of scientific and technological developments
- project generation, evaluation and support: the transfer of technology and know-how, patents, software, valorisation projects for the Muséum’s collections, creation of start-ups, input for scientific competitions, etc.
- the promotion of research partnerships with socio-economic players
- the management of the Muséum’s patents portfolio and intellectual property rights
- the management of the Lutech Society for the Acceleration of Technology Transfer (SATT Lutech)
- the copiloting of the AllEnvi Alliance Theme Valorisation Consortium (CVT Allenvi)
- the negotiation and implementation of the provisions in the Convention of Biological Diversity
- the raising of awareness among scientists of valorisation
Valorisation in a wide variety of forms and increasingly broader in scope
In view of the Muséum’s specificities, research valorisation within this establishment takes many different forms as the following examples demonstrate:
- a patent for natural antibiotic compounds licensed to a cosmetics company
- a licence granted for some taxonomic data-mining software
- a patent for marine protein hydrolysate with satiety properties exploited by a company in the health and nutrition sector
- know-how relating to a dosimeter evaluating the light received by collection objects, licensed to a company in the field of document conservation
- the creation of a veterinary biology laboratory monitoring wildlife health
- the valorisation of collections for a widely diverse range of companies such as those specialising in the food industry, waste management and building materials
Furthermore, the research valorisation at the Muséum covers a widening disciplinary field. In addition to the valorised fields presented in the examples above, there are valorisation projects in fields which so far have been overlooked, such as gardening, robotics, animation and veterinary medicine.
Valorisation which complies with the Convention of Biological Diversity
The Muséum’s valorisation actions comply with the provisions in the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) to which France is a party, and in particular the provisions relating to sharing access to and benefits of genetic resources. The valorisation department, a member of which belongs to the CBD French delegation, ensures these provisions are implemented.
The Muséum, a stakeholder in pooled valorisation schemes SATT Lutech, CVT AllEnvi
The Muséum plays an active role in the Lutech Society for the Acceleration of Technology Transfer (SATT Lutech) and the AllEnvi Alliance Theme Valorisation Consortium (CVT AllEnvi), both created in 2012 under the Investments for the Future programme launched by the French State. As a shareholder of the SATT Lutech, the Muséum has a seat on the SATT Board of Directors. It also has a seat on the CVT AllEnvi steering committee. The SATT Lutech should enable the Muséum to step up the transfer of the results of its research to the socio-economic world.