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Biotechnologies / Nutrition Health

Welcome to a world where research into Life Sciences is vibrant

Auvergne is stamped with a dual tradition of pharmaceuticals, with companies such as Merck Sharp & Dhome Chibret or even Sanofi Aventis, and cosmetics with, in particular, L'Oréal's subsidiary, LIDV. This tradition has urged the development of the biotechnologies sector which is backed by efficient research with 1,500 researchers in life sciences across one hundred odd laboratories. Today the region can boast fifty or so companies. Their development is facilitated by way of the all-round support given from the outset of projects from a specialised structure, BUSI.

3 sectors of excellence :


With Analgesia Partnership, Auvergne has the first clusterwholly dedicated to research into new analgesics by combining industrial and academic skills : service providers, pain profiling, research and innovation

Ophtalmology sector : with leading groups as MSD Chibret and Théa, leading independent European pharmaceutical group, Quantel médical (echographs for ocular diagnostics) and research centres involved in the sector (AMD, eye infections…)

Perinatal care : internationally recognised research centres for human fertility (seminal environment, endometriosis…)

Cancerology : CLARA (Auvergne/Rhône Alpes cancer cluster) with three key focal points : nutrition and cancer, tumor escape and targeted therapy ; imaging ; the regional centre for fighting Cancer : Centre Jean Perrin

Pharmabiotic : The Pharmabiotic Research Institute strives to be the leader in adapting the current european Pharmaceutical legislation and standards to the specific nature of probiotics.

Green chemistry 

Limagrain is the world’s 4th largest group for seeds

Auvergne has a competitive cluster : Céréales Vallée


The quality of its food products combined with the purity of its air and wide open spaces urged Auvergne to opt for the nutrition and health niche. Hence, the region is home to one of the four Human Nutrition Research Centres in France whose work focuses on therelations between nutrients and health, namely during ageing. Key resources in biopharmacy, nutrition and food and over 100 life sciences research laboratories represent over 1,500 researchers bolstering the region's research potential in this sector. 

Finally a health food group, named Nutravita Auvergne networks all the players of the field from sectors such as chemicals, food, pharmacy, hydrotherapy, biotechnology, cosmetics.

Dedicated industrial estates

Three industry-specific parks offer optimum conditions aimed at hosting businesses, the development of innovation and technology transfer:

- Bioparc of Vichy : health-beauty-fitness/biomedical/nutrition-health

- Biopôle of Clermont - Limagne : life sciences/biotechnologies

- Naturopôle of Gannat : bioplants/nutraceutics

Additional research centres

 - one of the biggest centres of the INRA, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (French national institute for agricultural research)

 - the Human Nutrition Research Centre 

 - the Lardy centre dedicated to health and beauty

 - the hospital university centre of Clermont-Ferrand, the Cancer Research Centre, Jean Perrin

 - several laboratories of INSERM (national institute for health and medical research) and the CRNS (national centre for scientific research).

A diverse training

14 specific starter training programmes for biotechnology from bac+2 (A-Level standard + 2 years) - IUT and BTS - to bac+8.

Engineering schools (Polytech Clermont, CUST, ENSCCF and ENITA)

Two universities : Blaise Pascal and Auvergne University

Universities for Medicine and Pharmacy

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Other industrial sectors of excellence

Key figures

  • 60 firms
  • 1200 employees
  • 14 training programmes
  • 4 clusters
  • 3 industry-specific parks

Your contact

Sonia François
Project manager / Inward Investment

+33 (0)4 73 19 60 22

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