CIMV was founded in 1998, in order to implement its biorefinery technology. It took the company ten years of laboratory work and the construction of the pilot plant in 2006 to develop and validate the process.

The pilot plant allowed to realize several series of process test runs in order to:

  • produce sufficient quantities of lignin, cellulose and sugar syrups for potential industrial partners in order to perform various tests to ensure a commercial use;
  • optimize the process parameters and test equipment (engineering).
  • participate, as a technology and sample provider, at numerous European programs in order to develop the a bioeconomy.

The R&D team continues its research, targeting new chemical applications and pursuing its innovation quest toward patents and publications.

The CIMV technology is protected by 11 patent family, filed in France and abroad.


European programs:

BIOCORE: aimedto develop and demonstrate an advanced biorefinery concept that uses a variety of lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to produce a portfolio of products, including fuels, chemicals, specialty chemicals and food

INNOBITE: aimed to transform urban and agricultural residues into high performing, resource efficient products for the emerging Green Construction

BIO-MIMETIC: aimed to generate a new class of bio-inspired polymers via extraction of natural compounds from renewable resources.

RENESENG: aims to prepare a new generation of highlyqualified researchers in Biorefinery and bio based Chemical Systems Engineering Sciences in

ADMIT BIO-SuccInovate: aims to refine non-food crops and agricultural residues into a range of sustainable added-value products and markets, especially for the production of bio-succinic acid from the C6 sugar

2G BIOPIC: aims to demonstrate the performance, the reliability, the environmental and socio-economic sustainability, of the transformation of lignocellulosic biomass from various feedstocks into biofuel: Bioethanol

CARBOSURF: aims to develop new processes and solvebottlenecks in the fermentative production of biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates.