The iGEM Toulouse team, world champion in synthetic biologyiGEM Toulouse team wins the prestigious iGEM competition with its Elixio project!

The Toulouse team, which already won the title of world vice-champion last year, is made up of six students from Toulouse (University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - Biotechnology Master's degree and INSA Toulouse - Biochemical Engineering Department) and has once again taken part in the prestigious international synthetic biology competition iGEM. This competition, which brings together 350 teams from all the best schools and universities in the world, brings together several thousand students to create biological systems that respond to societal problems.



This year's team was supervised by researchers, teacher-researchers and thesis students from the Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI - CNRS / INRAE / INSA Toulouse), the Center for Integrative Biology (CBI - CNRS / UT3) in Toulouse, and the Plant Science Research Laboratory (University of Toulouse, CNRS, UT3, Toulouse INP).

Its objective? To create a sustainable biotechnological system capable of reproducing the fragrance of violets using microorganisms. After months of reflection, experimentation, analysis and programming, the students presented their work to the competition's international judges.  At the end of the competition, the team achieved the feat of reaching the first place of the podium, succeeding Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2020 and NCKU-Tainan (Taiwan) in 2019. This is the very first time that a French team wins the competition in the flagship category of under 23 years old.


8 years after the first edition of iGEM Toulouse, after 7 competitions and 7 gold medals, it is the highest step that has been taken. This historic result demonstrates the excellence of biotechnology training as conducted in France and in Toulouse in particular.


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Thanks to all the sponsors: Robertet, TBI, TWB, Adisseo, CBI, Fondation INSA, UPS-FSI and CRITT Bio-Industries.


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