More than 1,200 m² renovated for life sciences
In 2014, with support from the French State, the Île-de-France Region, the Essonne Department and the Grand Paris Sud Area, the CEA and Genopole acquired two buildings on Campus 2 to consolidate the biocluster by preserving about 15,000 m² for the accommodation of research teams and ensuring the long-term presence of the CEA's life sciences research groups.
The buildings house two important national research centers within the CEA's François Jacob Institute of Biology:
- The National Center of Human Genomics Research (CNRGH), which enables responses to scientific questions necessitating high throughput sequencing and genotyping thanks to the development and deployment of innovative integrated technologies.
- Genoscope, a national sequencing center now focusing on environmental genomics and the search for sustainable biological solutions in synthetic chemistry to reduce pollution, energy consumption, and fossil-fuel use.
Year 2022 saw two renovations for these buildings. The first concerned 900 m² for Genoscope aimed at strengthening the synthetic biology teams, particularly the Genomics Metabolics mixed research unit 8030.
The second, 350 m² renovation was done to support the activities of the Center of Reference, Innovation, Expertise and Transfer (CRefIX), a mixed service unit created as part of the Genomic Medicine France 2025 plan and the CNRGH. This renovation's objective was to accommodate and encourage the stay of new research teams.