Originally, a Génopole Biogenouest was created in 2002 under the name "OUEST-genopole" by 11 founding members. Today the network brings together, in the two Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions, close to 70 research units belonging to these research organizations and universities, as well as associated organizations (university hospitals, grandes écoles ...).
Its research themes cover the four fields of Mer, Agro, Health and Bioinformatics. Biogenouest is committed to environmental issues, particularly biodiversity, ecobiology and environmental genomics.
The network aims to pool equipment and human resources at inter-regional level, to develop core facility technologies and to support research and the creation of biotechnology companies. Its bodies, made up of scientists and representatives of research organizations and Universities of the Greater West, coordinate annual equipment and human resources funding on the core facilitys through an annual interregional funding of about € 2M.
Biogenouest is supported by the Regional Councils of Bretagne and Pays de la Loire. Since 2018, IRSTEA and Bretagne Loire University are now signatories of GIS.