The iBV (Institute of Biology Valrose, www.ibv.unice.fr) is an institute of scientific excellence located in Nice Côte d’Azur that gathers a group of scientists focused on understanding the basic principles governing physiology, development and evolution of normal cells, tissues and embryos and those leading to pathology. 25 research teams, with complementary areas of expertise form a synergistic community in an international environment. The common interest is to develop basic research and translating it into knowledge to improve human health. Interdisciplinary research at the interface between biology, physics, mathematics, informatics, chemistry, and medicine is strongly fostered. The iBV is affiliated with Inserm, CNRS and the Université Côte d'Azur.