Référence projet : 10-EQPX-0008
RST : Véronique DEROCHE-GAMONET
Etablissement Coordinateur : Université de Bordeaux
Région du projet : Nouvelle Aquitaine
Discipline : 5 - Bio Med
Aide de l'ANR 5 998 560 euros
Investissement couvrant la période de février 2011 à décembre 2019
Obesity, drug addiction, aging-related memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorders are expanding pathologies. To master their expansion and offer better treatments, it is critical to improve knowledge on their underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. Hence, animal models are key tools. However, research is facing two difficulties: the lack of reliable behavioral models of these psychopathologies and the lack of technologies for studying the underlying brain functional alterations in real time.
Eight research teams, from two renowned neuroscience centers, supported by two private partners, have joint forces to create a research platform to address these challenges. This project relies on two pillars: sharing of means (financial, human and technological) and federation of expertise.
Phase 1, granted 5.5 M€ by the IA-EquipEx program, ran from 1/09/2011 to 30/06/2016 and has consisted in conceptualizing, testing, validating new behavioral equipment and procedures for coupling with innovative neurobiological research tools. It also involved de novo building of 450 m2 of dedicated laboratory facilities funded by Inserm (1.8 M€).
OptoPath has been fully operational since it entered in phase 2 on 01/07/2016. Granted 500 K€ by the IA-EquipEx, phase 2 is dedicated to creating value from this equipment through: 1) acquisition of knowledge on the neurobiology of the pathologies of interest, 2) services offer and, 3) equipment sale.
OptoPath offers to its 8 research teams a unique space to: 1) develop internal collaborations in a transnosographic perspective, 2) attract new external collaborations, 3) externalize technological development from their own lab, 4) value their expertise through training offers and research contracts to pharmaceutical industries or academics. Because some equipment were operational before the end of phase 1, they have already created value through publications in high impact journals, cutting edge training offers and research contracts.
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