BioImpulse Project

The BioImpulse project aims to create a new adhesive resin free of substances of very high concern (SVHC). By developing  a biobased molecule of interest, this project will open up new applications for biotechnology in the field of materials. 


Replace formaldehyde-based resins/glues in several markets

Develop and industrialize a biobased molecule 

Ramp up investment proportionally thanks to
modular processes  

Design and develop a range of non-toxic adhesives/resins




€M Budget



Fields of application

Industrial adhesive resins have historically contained SVHC-classified compounds. The global market potential for a substitute would be significant, primarily in the automotive and construction sectors.

Wood -


Insulation -


Pneumatics -


Moulded components -

Moulded components

Laminates -


The main objectives of the BioImpulse project are to:

  • Create a new adhesive resin free from SVHC compounds which has less impact on human health and the environment,

  • Develop an industrial-scale fermentation process for this molecule of interest more cheaply than its oil-based equivalent,

  • Promote this new adhesive resin technology in the automotive and construction markets (in particular timber),

  • Produce this resin in small, compact and decentralized installations as close as possible to the final customers, reducing its complexity and implementation costs.

The originality of this project is that it integrates a considerable portion of the value chain: from the biological production of the molecule right through to the application of the resin.

Eco-design (including production by fermentation, with the possibility of 2G biomass supply*) will be key to the project for health, environmental and economic reasons.

*Not in competition with the power supply

BioImpulse presentation

BioImpulse: sponsor of Manon and Quentin

“The BioImpulse project team brings together French leaders from several business sectors. It is made up of specialists recognized in their field, all determined to harness new technologies to boost French competitiveness.

It has set itself an ambitious goal, a real challenge: to co-create a biobased resin using open innovation in the space of six years. (…)

The BioImpulse project in video

Latest news

BioImpulse: heading towards 2024 after a promising year

Just like previous years, 2023 has been rich for the BioImpulse team, with the validation of the third milestone, and promising advances for the project

The history of phenolic resins: the impact of Baekeland and Bakelite

In 1909, the Belgian-American chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland changed the landscape of the plastics industry forever with his discovery of Bakelite, a revolutionary phenolic resin. Baekeland, often referred to as the "father of the plastics industry", opened the way to new possibilities in the manufacture of polymeric materials.

The BioImpulse project confirms its progress by validating a third key milestone!

ADEME, as part of the Investment for the Future programme, has given its unreserved approval to the third key stage of the project, following the very positive progress made in previous stages.

Bio-sourcing, bio-production, and biotechnologies : what are the differences?

Bio-sourcing, bio-production, and biotechnology all play a significant role in the production of various consumer goods. While they share similarities, there are key differences between the three that make them unique, and answer to different challenges.

FCBA : Implementation of adhesive resins developed for wood applications

The FCBA technological institute (Forêt, Cellulose, Bois-Construction, Ameublement) supports companies in the forestry-wood and furniture sectors in their development of products and projects. Environmental and health impacts are priority factors in FCBA activities ...

The BioImpulse project confirms its progress by validating a second key step

After a first successful step report in 2021, the BioImpulse team validated this summer with ADEME the achievement of key stage n°2. BioImpulse aims to create new adhesive resins without substances of very high concern, known as "Substance of Very...

INSA Toulouse via CRITT Bio-industries, its technology transfer structure in industrial biotechnology, puts its expertise at the service of the BioImpulse project

Partner of the BioImpulse project, CRITT Bio-Industries uses its dual skills (fermentation and purification) to obtain the molecule of interest which will enter into the composition of a new adhesive resin without SVHC compound. The mission of the CRITT...

Happy new year 2022 !

Year 2021 was rich for the BioImpulse team, with the validation of the industrial feasibility of the technology, the first key stage of the project. We also celebrated the performance of Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet in Nacra 17 at the Olympic Games in...

A first key step validated for the BioImpulse project

Initiated in 2019 for a period of 6 years, the BioImpulse project aims to create a new adhesive resin without substances of concern, known as Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC). BioImpulse covers the development of the production process of a molecule of interest...

TBI, TWB and the LGC put their expertise in strain and enzyme engineering and process engineering at the service of the BioImpulse project.

TBI* and TWB*, respectively mixed research and service units under the supervision of INRAE, INSA Toulouse and CNRS, contribute to the development of new sustainable microbial and enzymatic production pathways, by providing biological solutions...

Best wishes 2021

May this year bring you to new horizons, rich in projects and successes. Let's encourage Manon and Quentin together for the 2021 Olympics!

Lesaffre's expertise in fermentation, applied to the BioImpulse project

The Leaf business unit of Lesaffre, a world leader in the field of yeasts and fermentation, innovates in the field of green chemistry by developing fermentation solutions to reduce the industry's dependence on energy...

BioImpulse at TWB Parole Experts – Olivier Rolland/TWB and Nicolas Seeboth/Michelin

Extract of "Paroles d'Experts" (February 2020) with Olivier Rolland/TWB and Nicolas Seeboth/Michelin, on BioImpulse project....

BioImpulse presented at EFIB lin February 2019

The BioImpulse project was at EFIB 2019, the European Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy...

BioImpulse kick-off meeting

On September 4, 5 and 6, 2019, the young BioImpulse project team met for the first time, in Quiberon (Brittany), to mark the start of a scientific and human adventure that will last 6 years. The members from the five partner entities (ResiCare,...