Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) is a French pre-industrial demonstrator hosted by INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique) that serves as a national and European focal point for industrial biotechnology, notably by increasing collaboration between industrial companies and academic laboratories. TWB lays on a joint public-private consortium that brings together 46 private and public partners. On 1 January 2018, the consortium included 30 companies (from start-up to large company), 4 investors, 3 tech transfer partners and 9 public partners including the 3 administrative bodies of TWB (INRA, INSA, CNRS).
TWB’s objective is to accelerate development and optimisation of new bio-processes by providing scientific and technical assistance to industries and promoting market pull research. TWB facilitates access of its academic partners to main stakeholders in biotechnology including industrial players involved in relevant sectors (biomass, energy, biomaterial, fine chemistry, cosmetics…).