Introduction > History


Following an explosion that occurred on Sept. 21st 2001, at a fertilizers site in Toulouse, a working group, including industrial companies, academic entities and local authorities was formed. Called “Chimie autrement” the group was led by the local Chamber of Commerce to promote the chemistry of the future.

The project was backed up by regional and state fundings (CPER 2007-2013).

A marketing study confirms the need for industrial entities of such technological breakthrough. Preliminary tests lead to the creation of a not for profit organization called MEPI.

MEPI is accredited by local technology clusters Cancer Bio Santé (Health) and AGRIMIP (Agroressources). First studies are held and a workshop is erected.

A second workshop is built (150 m²). Additional investments widen the technological range of existing equipments.

MEPI joins the French innovation platforms program.

MEPI serves as various markets as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, fine chemicals, specialty chemicals, cosmetics, neutraceuticals, polymers…

MEPI is growing outside France as well

MEPI starts its first pre industrialization costs studies for various matured clients.
MEPI develops a strong know-how for in line analysis, a natural tool for flow chemistry.
MEPI strengthens its core competence in continuous hazardous reactions: elementary fluorinations, sodium azide chemistries, nitrations…

MEPI engages its first studies based on route scouting to cut existing industrial costs via alternative ambitious chemistries.
Toulouse Tech Transfer (TTT) becomes a MEPI active member, giving MEPI access to new innovative technologies developed by the Toulouse community of researchers (3000 members) and reinforcing the value of local discoveries by assessing a proof of concept at industrial scale.
MEPI and Nitech Solutions Limited sign a Collaboration Agreement to develop the COBR technology.

To increase its international business, MEPI signs a first partnership Agreement in India.

MEPI is signing a distribution Agreement in Japan, to develop local sales.

A partnership with Toulouse University leads to the use in flow of a promising catalytic technology serving hydrogenations and coupling reactions.

To further grow, MEPI relocates its activities on the Toulouse Rangueil site. This reinforces interactions with the local academic expertise on chemical and biochemical catalysis, as well as chemical engineering.
MEPI signs a partnership with a local engineering firm, to better answer requirements on costing, design, and industrial implementation of innovative processes successfully demonstrated.

MEPI strengthens again its presence abroad, and signs Agreements with local partners in USA and Russia. Now more than half of its turn-over is produced outside France.
MEPI and Preferred Chemical engineering partners are joining forces to set up at industrial scale successful flow processes.

MEPI and Preferred Flow CDMO partners are joining forces to produce at industrial scale successful flow processes.

MEPI widens its technology offer to answer growing demand on flow processes :
  • Crystallization, filtration, washing, drying,
  • Continuous hydrogénations,
  • Reaction with solid generation.