Sustainable development

First stone laid at the Biodiversarium in Banyuls-sur-mer

November 2, 2015

On October 19, Pierre Fabre Laboratories attended the laying of the foundation stone at the Biodiversarium. This center for scientific culture and innovation dedicated to marine biodiversity, based at the Arago Laboratory in Banyuls-sur-Mer, is scheduled to open in January 2017.


Promoting biodiversity and the development of marine biotechnology

In just over a year from now, the Biodiversarium, a center for scientific culture and innovation dedicated to marine biodiversity, based at the Oceanographic Observatory (Arago Laboratory), will house a research laboratory, a business incubator and an aquarium dedicated to marine biodiversity on the Côte Vermeille (Vermilion Coast) with over 300 marine species.

Cifinanced by Pierre Fabre Laboratories

The construction is partly financed by Pierre Fabre Laboratories, along with the French state, the Pierre and Marie Curie University, the Regional Council of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the association of local authorities for Albères and the Côte Vermeille, and the district of Banyuls-sur-Mer.

Scientific collaboration focused on aquatic microorganisms

The Biodiversarium is an example of private and public research working together and honors the partnership initiated in 1998 between Mr. Pierre Fabre and Professor Lebaron. Over 17 years, Pierre Fabre developed an ongoing scientific collaboration with the Arago Laboratory, which in 2001 led to the creation of a CNRS-Pierre Fabre mixed research team directed by Professor Lebaron. The ceremony was an opportunity for Bertrand Parmentier, Group CEO at Pierre Fabre Laboratories, to recall that “this collaboration with the Arago Laboratory includes several lines of work, such as Avène thermal spring water and its microflora Aqua Dolomiae or the application of marine-based active ingredients in dermatology”. With the arrival of the Biodiversarium, Pierre Fabre and the Arago Laboratory will continue their research into new active ingredients from marine microorganisms.


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