BIOMEMORY, winner of the i-Lab innovation contest 2021

This national contest, financed by the Future Investment Program, is organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, in partnership with Bpifrance. Its objective is to detect projects for the creation of innovative technology companies and to support the best of them with financial aid and appropriate support. More than 3,817 start-ups companies have already been rewarded.

BIOMEMORY, a company at the crossroads of biotechnology and computer science, was founded by Stéphane Lemaire (CNRS research director) and Pierre Crozet (associate professor at Sorbonne University), members of the Computational and Quantitative Biology Laboratory, and Erfane Arwani, a digital entrepreneur.

The start-up responds to a societal and ecological challenge: the storage of digital data. In this context, the team behind the project has developed a disruptive technology for storing digital data on DNA. Due to its chemical characteristics, this biological molecule can store data in a billion of times smaller volume than on current media (such as hard disks), but without any energy input over time. This technology, called DNA DRIVE, has been patented. As a proof of concept, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the Declaration of the Rights of Women and of the Citizen were encoded and stored on DNA, before being successfully decoded.

The ceremony that honoured the winners of the i-PhD, i-Lab and i-Nov competitions, was held on Thursday 8 July in the presence of Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University, Barbara Pompilli, Minister for Ecological Transition, Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate to the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Recovery, in charge of Industry, Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications and Guillaume Boudy, Secretary General for Investment.