The Association des Structures de Recherche sous Contrat and the SATT Conectus Alsace strengthen the innovation capacities of French companies, thus aiming to develop new partnerships to enhance the competitiveness of companies.
In a context where innovation is more than ever an essential lever of competitiveness for companies, the latter - in particular SMEs & ETIs - must be able to turn to partners able to offer them innovative technologies and to accompany them in carrying out their research and innovation projects.
This is the whole meaning of the agreement concluded today, for a period of three years, between ASRC and Conectus Alsace: a shared desire to increase the dissemination of technologies from Alsatian public laboratories to companies, particularly SMEs and ETIs.
Collaborate in maturation to accelerate the transfer of validated technologies
As SATT, Conectus Alsace's main mission is to finance the proof of concept of innovative technologies from Alsatian public laboratories and to ensure their transfer to companies. These investments in maturation or "proof of concept" enable the performance of an innovation to be validated, thus reducing the risk linked to the adoption of the technology by a company, and thus accelerate their transfer to the industrial world, in particular to SMEs and ETIs whose internal R&D capacities are generally less developed.
"Our collaboration with the ASRC addresses two major issues. The first is to facilitate access to the dense network of SRCs likely to be involved in the maturation projects in which we invest (validation, testing, prototyping, etc.). Out of the €5 million of investment committed to date, nearly €2.5 million of the work is destined to be entrusted to SRCs". underlines Nicolas Carboni, President of Conectus Alsace. "In addition, MRCs are also "adopters" of new technologies, and our partnership will provide MRCs with quick and easy access to mature and obsolete technologies, and the opportunity to engage in our maturing "co-design" program. In all cases, this collaboration strengthens Conectus Alsace's ability to accelerate the transfer of technology from Alsace's public laboratories, to the benefit of the competitiveness of French companies".concludes Nicolas Carboni.
Identify Alsatian laboratories and promote their collaboration with the SRCs
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Within the framework of collaborative projects conducted by ASRC members, Conectus Alsace will identify the skills of Alsatian public research laboratories and know-how in line with the projects. To do this, Conectus Alsace has a unique interactive repository, "Conect'Labs"which brings together all the skills and technologies of Alsatian laboratories.
The diversity of ASRC members will make it possible to respond to a very wide variety of technological problems faced by companies and thus promote the economic development of players in a very large number of sectors.
"SRCs facilitate the industrialization of innovations. They offer a wide range of technological expertise that complements the work of academic research, which will enable them to support the technological maturation work financed by Conectus Alsace. Conectus Alsace is not only a potential customer, a source of turnover for our members, but also a supplier of innovative technologies, a source of competitiveness for the SRCs. This partnership between the ASRC and Conectus Alsace strengthens the bridges between public research and industry, and represents a powerful lever for competitiveness and growth for French companies.concludes Jérôme Billé, General Delegate of the ASRC.
Presentation of the partners
Conectus Alsace was the first SATT (Société d'Accélération de Transfert de Technologies) to be created in France within the framework of the Call for Proposals of the Programme des Investissements d'Avenir. Financed 100 % by the State from the Fonds National de Valorisation, whose operator is the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (National Research Agency), it operates under private law, with the following shareholders: the University of Strasbourg, CNRS, the University of Haute-Alsace, Inserm, INSA Strasbourg, ENGEES and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, which holds the State's stake. Its activities are organised around investment in intellectual property, technology maturation and licensing, as well as the sale of services in the field of partnership research and technology transfer.
The Association des Structures de Recherche sous Contrat (ASRC) federates some forty private R&D structures spread throughout France, i.e. more than 2,500 doctors, engineers and technicians at the service of industrial research and technological development for companies.
ASRC members carry out R&D services for SMEs, ETIs and large groups and provide expertise and tailor-made solutions to improve the efficiency, productivity and competitiveness of companies. ASRC members are recognised by bpi france for their ability to provide companies with innovative solutions in a wide range of sectors: health, food, energy, materials, transport, logistics, IT, defence, security...