Seven scientific and technological platforms are operational:
These platforms help share expertise and heavy equipment.
Each platform covers a specific technological field related to functional genomics and operates 3 types of activities :
- Highly technical services
- Both initial and continuing education and scientific promotion
- Methodological and technological development.
Each platform must promote industrial development activities especially around technology development activities.
The platforms strive to respect the charter of Living Research defined by research organizations at a national level within the organizational programs of the Infrastructure in Biology, Public Health and Agriculture (IBiSA), (http://www.ibisa.net).
All platforms were labeled IBiSA platforms, the platform (Metabolome) was recognized "Strategic Platform", the PF Bioinformatics and Genome-Transcriptome as "regional platforms" for INRA.
Each platform is led by a manager who relies on a management board which are represented in the teams involved in the activities of the platform, regional experts of the technological area, the main users and industry partners. Technology choices, the development of new services and tariff policy of each platform are discussed in management board.
Each platform has offices and laboratory space dedicated to them, located on three campuses:
- Carreire site of the University of Bordeaux,
- Pessac campus - Talence,
- Green campus of INRA in Villenave d'Ornon and Pierroton.
On January 1st 2016, the platforms counted approximately 131 engineers and technicians, researchers and teachers-researchers, attached to various structures dispatched on over 4000 square meters laboratories and offices.
The device is flexible and scalable, it allows, structuring new platforms, integrating other technology areas.
The services offered by the platforms are routinely used by a large number of regional laboratories and a growing number of industrial partners. The platforms are also involved in various national and European scientific projects.