Valorisation - COMUE Université Bourgogne-Franche-Comté


The valorisation of UBFC research works includes all forms of technological and knowledge transfer. It is achieved via partnerships with the industrial sector and public stakeholders.

Each of the higher-education institutions of Bourgogne – Franche-Comté has a dedicated interlocutor for valorisation, contracting and technology transfer questions:

  • The Direction Recherche et valorisation and the SAIC at the Université de Franche-Comté
    The Université de Franche-Comté hosts a direction of research and valorisation supported by an industrial and commercial activity service (“Service d’Activités Industrielles et Commerciales”; SAIC) to help researchers in their valorisation and innovation missions. The SAIC is a financial service that manages all administrative and financial operations in link with collaborations between UFC research units and their industrial partners.
  • The “Direction à la Recherche, aux Études Doctorales et à l’Innovation” (DREDI) at UTBM
    The UTBM industrial and commercial activity service (“Service d’Activités Industrielles et Commerciales”; SAIC) promotes industrial activities, notably by contributing to determine a commercial policy and by managing research, study and analysis contracts in link with UTBM research.


The valorisation of UBFC research works more particularly relies on 2 stakeholders:

  • The Society for the Acceleration of Technology Transfer (“Société d’accélération du transfert de technologie”; SATT) SAYENS
    SAYENS is devoted to maximising the socio-economic impact of academic research results and to favouring job creation in France by simplifying, accelerating and facilitating technology and knowledge transfer from public research to firms, whatever their size. It has access to the skills and innovations of the 6,500 researchers from the 140 public research laboratories distributed across Bourgogne – Franche-Comté, Lorraine, and south Champagne-Ardenne (Troyes). It relies on dedicated professional teams to detect and evaluate innovations and support them all the way up to transfer to the industry.
  • The regional business incubator DECA-BFC
    The Academic Entrepreneurship Structure of Bourgogne – Franche-Comté (“Dispositif d’Entrepreneuriat Académique de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté”; DECA-BFC) was created by the higher-education and research institutions of Bourgogne – Franche-Comté to promote business incubation and raise awareness to business creation. This structure is devoted to supporting innovative business creation projects on a customised basis, with the help of a business manager and a company head. These projects can be borne by PhD holders, engineers, or students laureates of entrepreneurship events.

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, the local authorities, representatives of the economic sector (through several industrial partners and competitiveness centers) also take part to UBFC governance to contribute to the UBFC innovation policy.

A few spin-offs of UBFC laboratories

Med’INN’Pharma (2017, Dijon)

Exploits natural biological processes of the body to develop novel drugs aimed at controlling the immune system deregulated by chronic inflammatory diseases.

VERSO Optim (2017, Besançon)
Offers efficient optimisation software solutions dedicated to planning and optimisation issues in the industrial context, notably in the fields of logistics and mobility.

H2SYS (2017, Belfort)

Designs and sets up hybrid systems that generate power and heat from hydrogen for stationary or mobile power supplies.



KIPERS Industries (2017, Bègles)
Commercialises industrial prognostic software solutions to anticipate failures and implement preventive actions.

ANANKE (2017, Belfort)
Develops a novel engine with external heat input (“Moteur à Apport de Chaleur Externe”; M.A.C.E.), based on the principle of Ericsson’s cycle. This thermal machine simultaneously produces electricity and useful heat (by cogeneration) from any heat source whose temperature is above 150 °C.

AFULudine (2016, Besançon)
Offers novel, non-oily, environment-friendly lubricant solutions.

Industrial partners

ISITE-BFC industrial partners are listed here.