Christophe Luguel has a Master of Engineering in Agronomy (AgroParisTech, France). After three years spent in a R&D Centre (Hoechst), he occupied various positions in sales, marketing and business development in chemical and biotech companies. He joined the French Competitiviness biocluster “Industries & Agro-Ressources” (IAR) late 2007, as Head of International Affairs.
He was also the coordinator of the FP6 CSA project “Biorefinery Euroview” (2007-2009) and was involved (WP leader) in the FP7 CSA project Star-Colibri (2009-2011). Within this project, he coordinated the development of the “Joint European Biorefinery Vision for 2030” and of the “European Biorefinery Joint Strategic Research Roadmap”.
IAR is a French “world-class” Competitiveness Cluster focused on Bioproducts and Biorefinery. IAR brings together stakeholders from Research, Higher Education, Industry (SMEs and Large Companies) and Agriculture (mainly from the regions Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne), in order to develop the regional economy, boost the competitiveness of companies and support local employment growth by leveraging innovation, training and partnership opportunities.
The commitment of all IAR’s actors in the “cooperation-competition” creates synergies between SME’s, Large Companies and Research Laboratories. It allows the development of a very strong R&D project dynamic around 4 fields within the Biorefinery concept: Bioenergy (including biofuels), Biomaterials (agro-materials and biopolymers), Biochemicals and Bio-ingredients. Since 2005, around 100 projects have been launched with a total R&I budget of more than 1 bn€.