Open innovation  is a way of innovation based on the sharing and the cooperation between different actors. It uses the skills synergy of both industrial and academic partners to carry out an innovation project.

Activ'Inside believes that innovation must be included in a collective sense and be done in interaction with industrials, public research laboratories, suppliers, customers, etc. A company can obviously create value through its internal efforts, but its approach will be much more effective if it collaborates with different actors, each one having a specific expertise area. 

The Neurophenols project is a perfect example of open innovation. It uses the synergy of 14 French and Canadian actors, each in its field of expertise, in the aim to search, develop and market food products designed to prevent age-related cognitive decline.