Technology transfer: SATT AxLR reviews 5 years of activity

On 27 November, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the technology transfer company (SATT) AxLR, its president reviewed its first five years of activity for the French government, the shareholders, including Caisse des Dépôts, and the partners. More than 600 innovation files were evaluated, 120 projects were invested for €30mn and 20 start-ups were created.


5 ans d’AxLR

Through technology transfer, AxLR puts public research lab findings into practical use. The company oversees development projects by investing in the most promising findings with a view to hoisting these to an attractive level of maturity for businesses. AxLR focuses its attentions across the entire chain of a project's progress, to:


  • identify and protect inventions, especially patents;
  • develop and finance proofs of concept and prototypes;
  • transfer innovations to the world of business through licensing agreements or start-ups.


Technology transfer through start-ups is a hallmark of AxLR's business and, as such, it boasts one of the highest levels of business creation at national level.


In 5 years, 65 technology transfers have been carried out towards businesses of all sizes, more than half of which are based in the Occitania region, in such varied fields as the development of new molecules against cancer, development of a nanosatellite sector for connected objects, smart orthopaedic prosthesis and new energy vectors from sea metals.


Toulouse Tech Transfer and AxLR, the two Technology Transfer Accelerators (SATTs) in the Occitania region, have been in business for five years now and are setting their sights on new ways ahead with the arrival of local authorities among their shareholders*: indeed, on 27 November, the Occitania region confirmed its intention to acquire an interest in both SATTs and Montpellier Méditerranée métropole is proud to be the very first metropolis to make such a commitment.


G Rubinstein, N Villeneuve, O Camau, O Rodriguez, O May et N Philippe


* AxLR's 11 shareholders: Caisse des Dépôts, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, Institut de Recherche pour le développement, Inserm, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Montpellier SupAgro, ENS de Chimie de Montpellier, Institut national de Recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 and Université de Nîmes.



Haut de page