At the heart of our DNA

The Castres-Mazamet Urban Community has been giving priority to innovation for many years. As a nationally-recognised business cluster for the health and digital sectors and the historical headquarters of Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, with a state-certified science park and a busy network of innovative SMEs, Castres-Mazamet is a territory ahead of the curve.

In Castres-Mazamet, innovation is achieved through:

A science park

Among its various missions, Castres-Mazamet Technopole is responsible for linking technological, scientific and economic skills, and supporting new company creation and innovation projects.

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Developing research and higher education

Health, digital, chemistry, bio-industries, management, commerce, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, energy, agriculture, forestry, preparatory courses for leading institutions, etc. In Castres-Mazamet, there are nearly 2000 students per year in 20 public and private institutions.

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Partnerships with three competitiveness clusters

The Castres-Mazamet Urban Community is a partner in three competitiveness clusters:

  • Aerospace Valley, focused on the aeronautics and space sectors,
  • Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation, dedicated to agriculture and agri-food,
  • Cancer-Bio-Santé, involved in the health and biotechnology sector, particularly in combating cancer.

Areas of innovation and creation

  • The GALA® platform, specialised in the development of innovative galenic formulations for the pharmaceutical, food and health industries (SMEs and major groups) and public research laboratories.
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  • The Connected Health Lab, a research and experimentation platform for innovation in the field of health and e-health, located at the ISIS School of Engineering.
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  • The ILIPACK platform, which develops a range of transport test services for manufacturers in all sectors of activity.
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  • The InnoFab Fablab, a meeting place for entrepreneurs in industry, crafts and services, to encourage exchanges and the emergence of innovative projects, and a place for fostering an awareness of scientific and technological culture among school-children and students.
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Coordination of clusters

  • The e-Health Circle
    Created in 2015, the e-Health Circle brings together Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, Consort NT, IMS Networks, the Castres-Mazamet Intermunicipal Hospital, Castres-Mazamet Science Park, the Living Lab of the ISIS e-Health Engineering School, Thales and KPMG. Its goal is to enhance the region's e-health expertise, develop activities and promote business creation.
  • The Castres-Mazamet digital business community
    The digital business community includes companies and employees working in the digital sector, in and around Castres-Mazamet. Its goal is to stimulate local economic development by attracting companies linked to the digital sector and by spreading the use of digital tools more widely throughout the region.filière du numérique et en diffusant plus largement les usages du numérique sur le territoire.
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