“Laboratory of Excellence” INRT
The LabEx INRT explores mechanisms of the regulation of gene expression in development, physiology, and disease by federating new and current teams around 3 major research priority areas and by developing a cutting edge technology and support framework to tackle major questions of fundamental and clinical relevance.
Building upon the strengths of IGBMC’s scientific departments and on its emerging scientific research areas, the LabEx INRT is committed to addressing major challenges in the areas of nuclear dynamics & epigenetics, regenerative & translational medicine, quantitative & systems biology.
The LabEx INRT enables the IGBMC
- to recruit high-profile group leaders (Chairs of Excellence) in these priority research areas and to develop a cutting-edge technology environment.
- to place training as a priority through IGBMC's highly competitive international PhD programme and launch a new program for internships.
- to increase innovation detection and exploitation of results for technology transfer and impact on the socio-economic environment.
Our strategy enhances the attractiveness and the international competitiveness of the LabEx INRT teams.
In a nutshell, what has happened since 2012
1) Recruitment of group leaders and setup of an attractive scientific environment in our priority areas.
A total of 8 thematic LabEx Calls have been issued since 2012.
So far we have recruited 5 teams, and LabEx funds have allowed the new recruits to be operational rapidly, benefiting from the LabEx INRT funded technology environment and International PhD program for recruitment of students.
2) Recruitment of 20 PhD students and postdoctoral support for 13 staff
In parallel to new group leader recruitments, ongoing LabEx INRT research was supported by recruitment of 20 PhD students via the International PhD program and allocation of postdoctoral support for 13 staff (either full or bridging fellowships).
3) Key transversal activities
Activities such as imaging, biocomputing, and genetic engineering techniques for generation of recombinant mice are supported with the aim of developing new technologies that sustain cutting-edge research in the LabEx INRT domains. Through these ongoing developments, the local teams and the new recruits will benefit from a constantly evolving dynamic and innovative science and technology environment, which will facilitate new emerging research and the generation of synergies between teams around one or several LabEx INRT priorities.
4) Support towards more innovation-driven research
Specifically, the recruitment of a LabEx-cofunded “Intellectual Property (IP) Scout” allowed us to increase innovation detection and technology transfer in priority areas.
Furthermore, the LabEx INRT support towards innovation detection in LabEx INRT teams at a very early stage clearly shows its impact by
- offering additional funding opportunities to classical research,
- contributing to the development of the socio-economical environment through the creation of start-ups, industrial contracts, patents.