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Director - International Actions & Key Technologies
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Grenoble has earned recognition as a center for technology-transfer expertise:
Local innovation partners offer targeted support at all stages of the business start-up process and work together to actively encourage the emergence of innovative companies. The
MINATEC innovation campus is Grenoble’s flagship technology-transfer catalyst, turning new technologies into marketable products in record time.
Today Europe’s leading innovation campus in the micro- and nanotechnologies, the MINATEC concept was invented by CEA-Grenoble Director Jean Therme in 1999 and has since spurred the development of Grenoble’s renowned technology-transfer ecosystem.
This unique model is based on collaborative R&D between stakeholders located within close geographical proximity to each other. MINATEC effectively brings together some 2,400 researchers, 600 professionals from the world of industry, and 1,200 students on a 20-hectare state-of-the-art campus equipped with world-class equipment, including 10,000 sq. m of clean rooms and shared technology platforms offering some of the most advanced capabilities anywhere in the world.
MINATEC labs file around 300 patents and publish some 1,600 scientific articles per year. The campus also regularly spins off start-ups in industries like optronics, biotech, components, circuit design, and motion sensing. These start-ups are housed in a dedicated building (the High-tech Building, or BHT) on the MINATEC campus.