Our R&D operation main objective is to develop microbial production of phosphorylated carbohydrates and to bring to market “building blocks”.

Such a microbial production is interesting for the building blocks we are interested in since they can have an amazing potential in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and in the agro-food sector.

However, research with phosphorylated sugars has been limited, in part, due to the fact that many of our target products are compounds that are expensive to synthesize using petrochemistry.

However, despite their biological and commercial importance, the scaleable, inexpensive production of many non-commodity sugars has been extremely difficult to date.
With new breakthroughs in biotechnology and chemistry such as those offered by BioC3, the promise of glycotechnology is now within reach.

About us

BioC3 was founded in 2016 in Toulouse, France. In 2018, an initial proof of concept for microbial production of phosphorylated carbohydrates was developed through our exclusive and proprietary process technology.

In 2019, a research partnership was established with Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB), a pre-industrial demonstrator under the triple supervision of INRA (agricultural research institute), INSA Toulouse (National Institute of Applied Sciences) and CNRS (National Committee of Scientific Research).

TWB is positioned as a catalyst forging links between basic research and the industrial world.

Custom Synthesis:

We encourage inquiries regarding custom synthesis of rare and modified sugars,

Questions about custom synthesis should be directed to

The following information should be provided when requesting a quotation for a custom synthesis:

  • Chemical structure, name, and position(s) of label(s)
  • Literature references for synthesis (if available)
  • Suggested method of synthesis (if available)

Technical responses to these requests are normally provided within two (2) working days. For those syntheses we undertake, a quotation and delivery time will be provided within two (2) weeks of the initial inquiry.