Investor Partnerships

Are you an investor? We provide a means for you to be involved throughout the whole value chain. You can help our researchers to develop their inventions during the acceleration and maturation phases of their projects or upstream of the creation of startups.

Investors Collaboration

Investor Collaboration - Innovation - Institut Pasteur

The Institut Pasteur has engaged with a wide range of investors who are leaders in life sciences including diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines and technology. Our investors are involved, as co-development partners, at an early stage and all along the value chain. This strong collaboration speeds up product developability potential and ultimately leads to funding of downstream development of Institut Pasteur innovations either through maturation processes or by fostering the creation of startups.

Research Joint Lab
The Institut Pasteur actively strives to bridge the educational gap between academic and industrial scientists by creating Joint Research Labs and Industrial chairs. This brings together academic and industrial researchers, therefore maximizing opportunities to co-develop innovative ideas.

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Kurma Partners - Investor Partnerships - Innovation - Institut Pasteur

Kurma Partners is a venture capital firm based in Paris and Munich that specializes in funding biopharma and digital diagnostics companies. Kurma Partners manages more than €400 million, a large part of which goes towards setting up companies based on innovative academic research.

"Our collaboration with the Institut Pasteur began when Kurma was first set up back in 2009, with a cooperation agreement to promote the industrial development of innovations from the Institut Pasteur's laboratories.

This cooperation continued when we launched our Kurma Diagnostics I fund (the first European fund specializing in digital diagnostics solutions) and Kurma Biofund III (in 2019).

In the coming years, we aim to prioritize the emergence of new companies spun off from the Institut Pasteur, while also encouraging our startups to develop further links with the Institut Pasteur's scientists.

Several ambitious startups have already been launched as a result of collaboration between the Institut Pasteur's scientists and Kurma's investors, including Cellectis, DNA Script, Pathoquest and KDx Acceleration.

What interests us with the Institut Pasteur is the remarkable capability for innovation demonstrated by its research teams, which have been at the forefront of many major discoveries in fields such as infection, immunology and molecular biology.

Our hope is that through our collaboration, we will help harness even more innovations from the Institut Pasteur's research and encourage the startup community to develop further links with the Institut Pasteur! "

Thierry Laugel, Rémi Droller and Vanessa Malier, Managing Partners of Kurma Partners


Innovation Accelerator

The Innovation Accelerator, created in 2019, combines financing strategies, industrial technical support and business expertise to help promising innovations move quickly from the laboratory to the commercial realm. Each of our acceleration programs focus on creating new partnerships to best meet medical and societal needs in the fields of therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines and technology.


Accelerator of Innovation - Institut Pasteur

The main challenge for academics in the commercialization of important new discoveries is the technological development gap: the phase between inventions at an early stage and the stage that innovative technologies must reach to become viable and attractive candidates for licensing and commercialization.

For high risk/high value products or for products with low commercial profitability, it is often necessary nowadays to bring discoveries one step further to ensure their transfer to industry or to attract venture capitalists.

The newly created Development of Innovation Office seeks to bridge the gap to achieve this goal, which necessarily involves an industrialization process.



Startup Creation

With its Innovation Accelerator and a new dedicated team, the Institut Pasteur helps consolidate scientific and business projects prior to company launch to ensure their future success. The Institut Pasteur is a shareholder in some new companies, contributing to initial capital and helping the startup team to seek additional funding. In this context, the Institut Pasteur has developed a broad partner network with public and private investors as well as with French innovation ecosystem actors.

Startups Creation - Innovation - Institut Pasteur


Startup Alumni

Since the first spin-off set up in 1997, many companies have launched their business at the Institut Pasteur and generally maintain ties with the institute.


Startups Alumni - Innovation - Institut Pasteur

Eligo Bioscience, a next-generation microbiome precision medicine company, is pioneering the development of phage-derived DNA delivery vectors for microbial species involved in a number of disease areas, including infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and auto-immune diseases.

Eligo Bioscience was set up in 2014 based on research from the Lu Lab (MIT, USA) and the Marraffini Lab (Rockefeller University, USA). Eligo was incubated at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from 2014 to 2017 and moved to the “Paris Biotech Santé” biotech cluster at Cochin Hospital in 2017.

David Bikard, Co-founder and CSO of Eligo Bioscience, is Head of the Synthetic Biology Lab at the Institut Pasteur.



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