Building our Biofuture: Policy issues and opportunities for next generation biotechnologies


Michael O'Donohue

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Synthetic Biology Accelerator (IBISBA) and the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)

Head of Division


Michael O’Donohue works for INRAE, France’s National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and the Environment. He holds a PhD in protein biochemistry from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and possesses extensive research experience in enzyme engineering and biotechnology. In INRAE, Michael is head of TRANSFORM, a 600-staff research division possessing 29 labs in France. In 2014, Michael launched a European initiative aimed at developing a more systemic approach to research in industrial biotechnology. Since then, this initiative has grown into IBISBA, a distributed European Research infrastructure that gained ESFRI recognition in 2018. IBISBA currently mobilizes staff from 21 research institutions located in 10 European countries.

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