Jean-Christophe Baret started his academic carrier in the field of microfluidics and more specifically droplet-based microfluidics. He’s been part of the team that discovered and patented a fluorinated surfactant for droplet-based microfluidics for biological applications. Since then, he continued his work in this field and found potential applications in biotechnologies. It leads to many partnerships, notably with Valery Taly for use of droplet-based microfluidics in genomics.
In 2017, the ERC funded the FluoSurf Project: a Proof of Concept to validate the potential of an commercial activity based on high-performance surfactants for droplet-based microfluidics. Florine Maes and Quentin Jochyms took on this project and developped a new product based on JC Baret and V Taly research. With the support of many actors from the region of Bordeaux, they validate the product its potential market and accessibility.
In 2018, they created “Emulseo” with the broader goal to developp and sell tools for biological applications based on droplet-based microfluidics, surfactants being only one aspect of the technology.