Research valorisation activities

In early 2008, PDU set up an Industrial and Commercial Activities Department (Service des Activités Industrielles et Commerciales) which is responsible for administering research valorisation activities (administration of patents, exploitation of licenses, negotiation of contracts and research allowances) as well as PDU's other industrial and commercial activities (e.g., publishing, rent of premises) with the exception of continuing education activities. It also provides guidance on a number of issues and establishes a price-setting scheme for industrial and commercial services.

 The Industrial and Commercial Activities Department (SAIC)

A single contact point

A single contact person will help the researcher valorise his projects. The Department also provides guidance on project elaboration, helps with the different stages of project development and coordinates the various aspects of contracting (e.g., markets, human resources, patenting). Upon project completion, it provides the required financial reports.

Responsiveness and flexibility

Thanks to its budgetary structure, the department can rapidly allocate the amounts required to successfully complete projects. It also allows a better and easier management of contracts co-signed by teams from different Research and Training Departments (UFR).

Transparency of management

Regular communication between laboratories, project managers, and the Industrial and Commercial Activities Department, along with the use of the COCONUT module, allows each party to accompany the administrative and financial management of the contract.

The personnel of SIAC are aware of their mission's demands. They are committed to helping you valorise your research activities in the best possible way.

SAIC, a structure dedicated to innovation protection

Valorising activity by itself

  • Guidance provided on the alternatives for protecting and exploiting your innovations and know-how
  • The department files and administers your applications for patents and their possible international extensions
  • Research results protection: support provided for patenting, introductory and follow-up contacts established with Industrial Property agents, elaboration of agreements of patent co-ownership
  • Establishment and negotiation of valorisation and exploitation contracts (research and exploitation collaboration contracts, licensing contracts) with private or public partners
  • Coordination of valorisation actions with CNRS (DPI, FIST, A Delegation), Inserm-Transfert, the public hospital system of Paris and its suburbs (AP-HP) (valorisation mission), IFREMER, Paris Biotech Santé (incubator), Oséo, the CURIE network...


Accompaniment in the different stages of development

  • Introduction of a valorisation file to be completed by researchers within PDU, with the notable perspective of potential patent protection (file similar to that of CNRS)
  • Continued guidance in the elaboration of work ethics Committee files presented when researchers want to benefit from the 1999 Innovation law and have consulting activities and/or capital-sharing activities in companies that exploit their own research activities


Modes of Valorisation

Valorisation of research results can be done using different methods, depending on the nature of these results, their status of progress, and on the potential grant of intellectual protection rights. They can basically fall into the following categories:

  • Services granted to companies: analyses, measures, formulations, trials
  • Contract research on behalf of industrial companies. This research is conducted on the basis of a jointly drawn-up programme and implies a significant intellectual input from laboratories. Laboratories' skills and scientific knowledge, along with the specific research domain, should be carefully specified in the contract. The company owns the results of the study carried out on its behalf.
  • Technology transfer based on research results (whether or not patentable) obtained by laboratories. Transfer can be conducted differently according to the results' status of progress:
    • development in partnership with an industrial company, accompanied by an option on the results' operating license
    • operating (or transfer) license of patent and/or know-how
    • to one or several existing industrial companies
    • to a company created by researchers
  • Consultancy and long-term internships, scientific assistance


The operating process :

Once the patent has been filed, the difficult part of the valorisation process begins, as it is not always easy to identify/find partners likely to find an interest in operating one of our patents. Besides transfer of patent licenses, the exploitation of a patent can be conducted through the creation of a company that will valorise the research results until they are admitted into the incubator (Paris Biotech Santé was created to this end).