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The Campus Biotech Digital Joins Forces With Atos

IBM and Microsoft to Develop a Unique Training Platform

May 28, 2021


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Another step forward in an innovative and structuring project for the French bioproduction sector

The Campus Digital Biotech receives funding under the “engineering of vocational and on-the-job training and innovative offers” component of France's Investments for the Future programme. Launched in December 2020 and run by a leading industrial consortium (bioMérieux, Novasep, Sanofi and Servier), the Campus is partnering with three major players in the digital sector: Atos, IBM and Microsoft. These partners will be working with the Campus to develop an unprecedented bioproduction training platform. 


The Campus Biotech Digital and its technological partners will show their pedagogical innovations during the event VIVA Technology on June 17th at 3:30PM at the Sanofi’s booth.


The ambitious platform, the only one of its kind in this strategic sector, will enable professionals and young graduates to develop skills covering the entire bioproduction chain. The training will take place mainly online, and a range of innovative digital solutions will be used to create an immersive learning experience. The Biotech Digital Campus training platform offers a unique solution to the challenges represented by bioproduction today: both comprehensive and tailored, it is designed to meet the sector's specific training needs and to train tomorrow's bioproduction experts. The sector, whose ambition is to propel France to the top of the European bioproduction market, plans to create thousands of jobs in France over the next ten years.


A state-of-the-art technology for developing innovative pedagogical experiences

This cutting-edge technological platform, combining the latest innovations developed by Atos, IBM and Microsoft, will be the gateway to the Campus Biotech Digital. The training modules will replicate steps in the bioproduction value chain, offering an immersive experience - like the simulators used to train airline pilots - through the use of digital twins, virtual reality, augmented reality, optimised control rooms and machine learning supported by artificial intelligence. There are numerous expected benefits. For example, the training modules will be tailored to the learner and the equipment, thus matching the needs of industry as closely as possible.

Atos is allowing the Biotech Digital Campus to use its virtual and mixed reality platform Dreamscask. Dreamscask uses the Microsoft Azure cloud computing service and features an immersive applications manager for multiple devices (immersive headsets, mixed reality goggles, etc.), as well as a content store (360° videos, mini-websites, animations, serious games applications, etc.). The centralised management of digital experiences within a single platform gives the Campus the autonomy it needs to provide students with hundreds of hours of educational content in increasingly realistic contexts (laboratory, manufacturing facility, etc.).


“We are proud to be involved in the construction of the Campus Biotech Digital, an ambitious initiative that gives all due importance to digital technology and innovation. By pushing the boundaries of virtual experiences, Atos will allow the next generation of bioproduction talent to gain as much insight as possible into real-world situations and thus to develop operational skills that match the immediate and future needs of employers.”

Robert Vassoyan, Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences of Atos

IBM is providing the Campus with both technological solutions (Learning Management System tools, Comprehend and YourLearning) and pedagogical expertise recognised within the framework of international initiatives (such as Open P-Tech and SkillsBuild).

“Education, training and skills development are top priorities for IBM. We are very proud to be supplying the training platform for the Campus Biotech Digital. Training tomorrow's biotechnology experts is key to the development of this strategic sector in France.”

Béatrice Kosowski, General Manager of IBM France

For its part, Microsoft offers a platform for the administrative management of the Campus and training courses. This Training Management System is based on all its Cloud solutions (Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics). Augmented reality will also be present via HoloLens 2 and digital twin solutions.

“Regardless of the industry, training is a top priority and must be accessible to all, especially in these times. By joining the Campus Biotech Digital initiative, we are contributing, thanks to our cutting-edge technologies, to the training of talent for the development of a French biomanufacturing sector of excellence.”

Carlo Purassanta, President of Microsoft France

“This alliance with leading digital partners ties in perfectly with the construction of a rich and innovative ecosystem to train future talent for the bioproduction sector in France.”

Karim Vissandjee, General Manager of the Campus Biotech Digital

A federated ecosystem to support the development of biotechnology skills

The Campus Biotech Digital aims to pool different biotechnology and digital skills and expertise by stepping up cooperation within the sector and building an expanded ecosystem of innovative educational content design spaces in line with the needs of industry. This unique alliance embodies the commitment of the stakeholders to work together to organise and support the development of health biotechnology skills. In March, the Campus announced that it would be working closely with key biotechnology training providers to develop its course offering: EASE, ENSTBB-Bordeaux INP, ESTBB, IFIS, the IMT group, MabDesign and Sup’Biotech. 

The Campus is financed by an exceptional public/private partnership**, including €11.75 million under the “Engineering of vocational and on-the-job training and innovative offers” scheme run by the Caisse des Dépôts (Deposit and Consignment Office) on behalf of the government. In addition, it receives funds from the Opérateur de Compétences Interindustriel (inter-industry skills operator) and the Île-de-France region, and manufacturers in the sector have come together in a consortium to invest more than €30 million.

**This public/private partnership is backed by the State as part of its action on “Workforce adaptation and qualification” and the “Engineering of vocational and on-the-job training and innovative offers” (IFPAI) scheme, a nationwide component of the Investments for the Future Programme run by the Caisse des Dépôts (Banque des Territoires).