South BIO Alliance – French BioBeach & the Southern French Region “Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur”

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South Bio Alliance (SBA)

Bridging Southern California & South of France Biotech Business Networks


Implement real and lasting partnership and economic development actions in the Life Science sector between the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region and Southern California, concretizing an action program initiated from the PACA Region 2 years ago towards the United States, especially with California and San Diego, considered as a territory of excellence for Biotechnologies.

Who are the members of the Alliance and when was it officially created?

French BioBeach has welcomed a regional economic mission from the PACA region (South-East of France) in San Diego, California, on the occasion of the “2014 BIO International Convention”, that took place from June 23 to 26. Beyond the Biotechnology industry, it was also the occasion to identify opportunities for economic exchanges in other sectors, and the terms of partnership.

Led by Patrick Allemand, 1st Vice President of the Region and President of the new Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of Companies (ARII), Dominique Esteve, President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) and Jacquie Berthe, Chairman of the Competitiveness Cluster Eurobiomed, this mission involved all regional economic actors involved for several years in trade with San Diego, and gathered under the “South Bio Alliance” label: the economic development agencies Provence Promotion and Team Côte d’Azur, the competitiveness cluster / PRIDES Mediterranean Sea (Pole Mer), the Southeast Technologies Transfer Accelerator Society (SATT South East).

(Video about South Bio Alliance In French)

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Upcoming SBA Events


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Past SBA Events

2015 – April 27th-30th – French BioBeach / Biocom facilitates a US Delegation going to the South East of France, welcomed by PACA's South BIO Alliance.

In the press:

French biotech: A return visit

Biocom in France: Part Deux


Visite d’une délégation d’entreprises américaines de San Diego (Californie) du secteur santé en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Maurice Brun en VRP des entreprises provençales à l’international



" Our trip to the south of France was incredibly interesting and productive. We have identified multiple collaborative projects and will be building on the introductions made while we were there.  I completely expect that in a few months, we will have several mature collaborations and partnerships ongoing as a result.  A wonderful experience all around."

Bradley Messmer, Founder, ABREOS Biosciences

" This was a very productive trip for ACEA Biosciences, which should facilitate business on both sides of the  pond.  In fact, we already have a few opportunities in motion."

Mike Honeysett, Vice President of Global Commercialzation, ACEA Biosciences

" I was very positively impressed by the brilliance and abilities of the entrepreneurs , scientists and administrators we met during our visits to Provence and Cote d‘Azur.  These synergistic capabilities coupled with our common goals provide us with the platform for CVAC Systems, Inc., Provence and Cote d’Azur  technologies  to meet the requirement of the financial community in France to develop intellectual property which can reside there in France.  This collaboration can benefit the entire world. My appreciation is expressed to all involved in the organization and facilitation of this initiation to a  potential very valuable collaboration." 

Allen Ruszkowski, President & CEO, CVAC Systems

2015 February 9th-13th PACA's South BIO Alliance Delegation in San Diego












2015 February 10th – BIOCOM Medical Device Breakfast on "European expansion and regulation"











2014 June 23rd-26th – PACA's South BIO Alliance Delegation in San Diego


2013 Nov 12th-15th – French PACA Delegation

 2013 Jun 16th – French BioBeach BIOCOM US delegation to France

2012 Nov 27- From the San Diego Diagnostic Beach to the French Mediterranean Diagnostic Bay

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SBA Members

Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of Companies (ARII).


The region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (PACA) is a French administrative region from the south-east of the country, the third region that produces the most wealth in France. The region is situated next to Italy from which it is separated by the Southern Alps. Up north, there is the Rhônes-Alpes region and, to the west, the Rhône River, which indicates the border with the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The PACA region is bordered down south by the Mediterranean Sea. The PACA region gathers six departments, formerly from the Ancien Régime provinces of Provence and Dauphiné. A part of the Vaucluse department is constituted by the annexation of the Comtat Venaissin during the revolutionary period, as well as for the Alpes-Maritimes region with the left bank of the Var River, which was the County of Nice annexed to France in 1860 during the Second Empire (the County of Nice was an old part of the duchy of Provence before 1388, when Nice devoted itself to Savoy). The logo of the Regional Council reminds all four regions, resuming their former prestige gathered under the same flag.


Eurobiomed logo

Eurobiomed is a non-for-profit organisation which has been accredited by the French government as a "competitive cluster". There are 71 "competitive clusters" in France and Eurobiomed is one of the eight Biotechnology – Pharma clusters. Eurobiomed federates healthcare stakeholders in both "Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur" and "Languedoc-Roussillon" counties of South East of France.

CCI International Provence Alpes Cotes D'Azur CCI-PACA-logo

CCI International PACA is the local team in the consular network.  25 team members present throughout the region and entirely dedicated to accompanying businesses in their international development. CCI International offers a complete range of services thanks to the geographic and industry experts that make up the team: Detection and analysis of companies’ needs and the macroeconomic data of their geographical territory; Organization throughout the region of information meetings, training courses, specialized workshops and forums; Individual, personalized advice and information adapted to the maturity and needs of the company (structuring of the offer, performance indicators, action plans, financial organization etc…); Organization of trade missions in foreign markets, professional trade fairs abroad, business conventions, BtoB.

Team Cote d'Azur

team-cote-azur-logoCreated by the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council, the Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Area, the purpose of Team Côte d’Azur is to promote the region on international markets and help new, French or foreign companies to establish offices in the area. The agency gives investors access to a comprehensive range of services so they can discover the Côte d’Azur, a leading, innovative and international region, and ensure the best success for their teams based here.

Provence Promotion

Provence Promotion is one of the leading economic development agency in France for the attraction of inward investments and the creation of new jobs in sectors such as Aeronautics, IT, Health, Energy and Logistics. It is a joint initiative of the County Council and the Chamber of Commerce of Marseille Provence. Provence Promotion has experience in helping corporations evaluate the potential of Marseille (second city of France) and the Provence County for their business set-up and expansion. 

SATT Sud-Est 

sattlogoengSATT Sud Est (French for South East), “Accelerator of Technology Transfer” is your one-stop shop for transfer and commercialization of innovative technologies. The Company is a key player of economic development through innovation. It develops public research and technology transfer towards the market. It intertwines with researchers and has strong roots in the economical fabric of the region.

Pole Mer Mediterranee

Pole-mer-logoCreated in 2005, Pôle Mer Méditerranée is a business and innovation world class sea cluster located in South of France. Its ambition is to contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime and coastal economy in the Mediterranean basin, in Europe and across the globe. The network of the Pôle Mer Méditerranée involves 360 members including majors companies, SMEs, research institutes and academic. 


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In the Press

In English:

Biotech in Côte d'Azur – a Biocom visit – Union Tribune

Biotech from Nice to Marseille – Union Tribune

Biotech's new French connection – Union Tribune


French biotech: A return visit – Union Tribune

Biocom in France: Part Deux – Union Tribune

In French:

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