Our Imaging Center joins France-BioImaging


The Imaging Center of IGBMC joins France-BioImaging alongside 6 other platforms and 6 partner research teams from the region to form the Alsace node of the national infrastructure. This success is the result of a long-term effort to structure and promote the technological offer, initiated by researchers and engineers from the IGBMC and LBP, and is a reflection of the excellence of R&D in photonic imaging at the regional level.

France-BioImaging, expanding and promoting imaging technologies for living organisms

France-BioImaging infrastructure aims to bring together research teams and platforms specialized in microscopy of living organisms to develop and disseminate new technologies and imaging modalities. Supervised by the CNRS and initiated in 2012, the FBI infrastructure now includes 9 technology nodes, bringing together more than 20 platforms and some 30 R&D teams specialized in specific imaging fields.
he infrastructure provides visibility to the life imaging offer in the various territories and makes them accessible to the entire scientific community.

Structuring photonic microscopy in Alsace and highlighting its specificity: the excellence of research in probe chemistry

Research teams and technological platforms members of the Alsace node of France-BioImaging. Credits: RISEst

This project of structuring the offer in imaging of living organisms at the Alsatian level was led by the QuESt team, which includes the photonic microscopy platforms of the IGBMC (Juliette Godin and Bertrand Vernay) and the LBP (Yves Mély and Ludovic Richert). The first step was the creation of the RISEst consortium which coordinates the activities of the 6 photonic microscopy platforms for Life Sciences on the sites of Strasbourg Centre, Illkirch and Mulhouse. Thus, RISEst proposes a complete and coherent offer for life imaging at all scales.
This organization of Alsace's stakeholdersis all the more essential "because the tools are extremely expensive, and there is a need to attract new skills while developing the expertise of existing staff in a field that is constantly evolving technologically," says Juliette Godin, "it is necessary to rationalize and coordinate our efforts to acquire high-tech instruments and to recruit dedicated staff.
Thanks to the development of privileged partnerships with 6 R&D teams, the specificity of the Alsace node is characterized by the excellence of its research in probe chemistry, the development of new cutting-edge instrumentation and algorithms for bioimage processing and analysis. "The level of research in chemistry in Alsace and its proximity to life imaging is a strength: together, we are currently developing new probes capable of making specific structures visible or going deeper into cells," explains Bertrand Vernay.


The range of technologies available within the component platforms of the Alsace node of France-BioImaging. Credits: RISEst


Increased visibility of R&D to accelerate technological development

"This increased visibility of R&D opens up access to a large community of researchers for these new technologies, which is very useful for identifying and anticipating the needs and difficulties of future projects," adds Juliette Godin. Working with France-BioImaging platforms is also a guarantee of quality for users: one of the prerequisites for joining the France-BioImaging network is to obtain IBiSA certification for each of the partner platforms.