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In Grenoble-Isère, manufacturers from major corporations to SMBs and start-ups work hand-in-hand with universities and research centers to develop technology platforms, demonstrators, and centers of excellence. These shared resources all serve to develop solutions that best meet the needs of healthcare-industry manufacturers, practitioners, and patients.
Nanobio, Clinatec, and ECCAMI are prime examples of what our local healthcare technology stakeholders can achieve by working together.
The Nanobio project kicked off in 2001 at the impetus of CEA-Grenoble and Grenoble University’s Joseph Fourier School in cooperation with the Grenoble University Medical Center and with the financial support of local governments. Today Nanobio is a regional hub for innovation in micro- and nanotechnology for biology and healthcare applications.
Nanobio’s mission is to develop new miniaturized solutions to improve testing, diagnostics, and treatment of a range of diseases including cancer.
Clinatec, which opened in late 2012, is like no other medical research center in the world. Its aim is to develop innovative treatments for neurodegenerative and other brain diseases. Doctors, biologists, and experts in electronics and micro- and nanotechnology from Grenoble University Medical Center, The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Grenoble University’s Joseph Fourier School, and INSERM work together under the same roof to develop new treatments and get them to patients faster. The center also sees new innovations through to the technology transfer stage and spins off start-ups to commercialize its developments.
ECCAMI, founded in 2010 by Grenoble University Medical Center and Grenoble University’s Joseph Fourier School, is an ultra-specialized center for excellence whose mission is to detect and support the development of new innovations in computer-assisted medical interventions and ensure their transfer to industry. The center works with clinicians, researchers, and manufacturers.
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 the most advanced micro- and nanotechnology R&D capabilities in Europe—and some of the most advanced anywhere in the world.
MINATEC boasts a biology and healthcare technology platform that has become one of the best in Europe in the space of just a few years. The platform’s R&D is banking on miniaturization to fuel the development of new, better-performing, less-invasive, and more energy-efficient medical systems.
The Isère General Council has partnered with CARSAT RA, ARS, Reunica, and Tasda (prime contractor on the project) to develop an in-home healthcare and assisted living demonstrator to test new approaches and technologies for in-home care. The fully-integrated platform is open 24/7 and encompasses a full slate of health and social services. The goal is to break down the silos that currently keep different healthcare professionals from communicating effectively and improve the care given to patients, especially those trying to maintain their independence or suffering from chronic diseases.