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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

A new business developer for the Saclay Plant Sciences network

Edith Francoz

The SPS network has just recruited Edith Francoz as business developer to promote Paris-Saclay innovation in plant sciences and biotechnology. After a PhD and a first post-doc in the team of Vincent Burlat at the “Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Végétales” (LRSV, Toulouse), Edith completed a post-doc in a SPS lab, the Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute, under the supervision of Helen North.

Missions fully dedicated to researchers

Our new business developer will have the following missions:

1) Prospecting towards socio-economic partners:
- analyzing the needs of potential partners;
- identifying the best scientific and technical offer within SPS to meet these needs;
- linking SPS scientists and socio-economic actors;
- playing an active part in the emergence and creation of projects, contributing to the construction of the project in close connection with the PI.

2) Supporting the communication and influence of SPS:
- contributing to the implementation of a global strategy of socio-economic partnership and projects maturation;
- updating the SPS skills base to quickly identify the best research offer;
- defining and implementing an external communication plan highlighting the scientific excellence of SPS and its infrastructures and ensuring its visibility by socio-economic partners.

3) Driving scientists towards innovation and partnership:
- participating in the analysis of innovation potential and identification of partners, end-users of the innovations and potentially interested stakeholders;
- in collaboration with the partnership and technology transfer network of the SPS institutions, setting up actions to develop the internal culture in favor of innovation in all its forms, from partnership research to the development of products / services / technologies / processes / etc.

A work already initiated

Edith is not be the first one to work on relationships between our SPS research teams and the industrial world.

Indeed, as of May 2015, Chloé Marchive started to work on the development of SPS innovation and partnership. Following this, in early 2016, Chloé became a partnership manager at the INRA Center of Ile-de-France Versailles-Grignon and she continues to follow these aspects of the SPS activities for INRA.

From November 2016 to February 2018, Maxence Pfeiffer, a young agronomical engineer, took over as SPS business developer before leaving for a job at Business France in Hong Kong.

Edith Francoz will be able to rely on the hard work performed by her predecessors, in particular their mapping of the skills of the SPS network and relationships already established with industrial partners. Edith's recruitment and, more generally, all activities for the development of public-private relations for the SPS network are part of the Saclay Plant Innovation (SPInn) project.

Some words from Edith

"Dear all, I am pleased to be able to be of service to the SPS community. I am initially a scientist, and this new life in innovation is a challenge for me. I am therefore particularly motivated to help colleagues and future private partners to meet, to facilitate your discussions and to assist you in establishing fruitful and innovative partnerships. So do not hesitate to request my help! See you soon, Edith."


Edith Francoz
IJPB, Versailles: Building 2 - Office 51 B - Tel: + 33 (0)1 30 83 38 80
IPS2, Orsay: Office 372 - Tel: + 33 (0)1 69 15 34 07