The IGBMC's mission is to develop knowledge about living organisms through an environment that encourages cutting-edge research. The institute also has two other missions: to promote research through concrete projects and to train future researchers by enabling them to develop concrete skills for their future careers.
Generating knowledge about living organisms
The IGBMC's primary mission is to produce new knowledge about biological systems. To do this, it relies on an environment that encourages research, interaction between scientists and the provision of high-tech platforms and services.
Historically specialised in structural biology and the study of eukaryotes, today the institute focuses on four main areas:
Promoting research through large-scale projects
Located in the Illkirch-Graffenstaden Innovation Park, the IGBMC is at the heart of the competitiveness cluster specialising in biotechnologies in the Strasbourg Eurometropolis. Interacting with other academic and industrial players, the institute is involved in several large-scale projects to promote its research and equipment.
In addition, the institute has historically relied on very strong industrial partnerships. Bristol-Myers-Squibb (BMS) financed the construction of the building in 1994 and supported the research carried out at the Institute to the tune of approximately 3.5 million euros per year until 2002. The Mouse Clinical Institute (ICS) has also established an important partnership with the Merck company, which has already invested more than 20 million euros in 6 years. In addition to these large-scale contracts, many research teams have already obtained contracts with pharmaceutical companies such as Wyeth, Sanofi-Aventis, CellVir, etc.
Contributing to the training of tomorrow's researchers
As an international biomedical research centre, one of the main missions of the IGBMC is to educate students in the biology of tomorrow. Thanks to an excellent training environment, the institute currently hosts nearly 250 students and post-doctoral fellows from some 40 different countries.
The institute has important links with the University of Strasbourg's doctoral school, which coordinates student follow-up and the awarding of thesis diplomas. Since 2018, the IGBMC has also participated in the EUR IMCBio, whose objective is to offer high-level training in biology research.
Finally, it also regularly hosts workshops allowing young researchers to exchange with experts on a specific theme.