VivaTech 2022: CNRS, the driver behind tomorrow’s innovation

With more than 1,700 start-ups set up over the last twenty years, originating from laboratories located under the supervision of the organization, CNRS is one of the largest players in deeptech in France. And the organization intends to remember this by establishing itself for the third time at the largest European innovation fair, VivaTech, from 15 to 18 June in Paris. ” This year we offered start-ups more “mature” to accompany us. After benefiting from some CNRS support tools such as pre-maturation, maturation or even the Rise program, they have raised funds from investors, often significantly, and are now at the beginning of reaching the market with innovations with a real impact on community », Explains Jean-Luc Moullet, Deputy Director – General for Innovation at CNRS. Thanks to this funding, they have developed their technologies or even performed their clinical tests. ” At VivaTech, we want to demonstrate that the promises of business creation as a result of public research are transformed into start-ups that are able to develop and position themselves as credible players in their market. says Jean-Luc Moullet.

Cardiawave, one of the 12 start-ups present at the CNRS booth this year, a spin-off from the Langevin Institute and the Physics for Medicine lab set up in 2015, is a great example. What began between a meeting of know-how in imaging and ultrasound therapy in the laboratory, five years later led to the creation of a young company, today in the clinical validation phase of a technology that attacks the most common and deadly valve disease in the world : aortic stenosis. ” There is no cure for this pathology which affects people over 65 years of age. Today, we only treat high-risk individuals with very heavy open-heart surgery techniques. “, Explains Benjamin Bertrand, co-founder and CEO of the start-up. Cardiawave, whose innovation has just developed a non-invasive system that could treat both the seriously ill but also the disease at an earlier stage, and therefore offer prevention that is still non-existent today.

CNRS will be back at VivaTech for the third time. © CNRS

“VivaTechs comeback”

This 6th edition marks VivaTech’s big comeback “says Julie Ranty, general manager of the show Viva technology. More than 1,500 exhibitors are expected in the Porte de Versailles and on the digital platform, which will be free and available worldwide, ” to create a real online soundtrack for the event Major themes have been chosen, such as the fight against global warming and the energy transition, tomorrow’s mobility, “the future of work”, or even inclusion or Web3 and Metaverse. Themes that will give the pulse of the four days of VivaTech 2022, through debates, recognized speakers and unprecedented innovations. ” With 250 deeptech start-ups set up in France in 2021, an increase of + 26% in one year according to Bpifrance, France has nothing to be ashamed of compared to other countries. Investment in this sector has been significant: 3 billion euros invested by the government to launch young companies using disruptive technologies, and more than 700 million euros by Bpifrance », Emphasizes Julie Ranty.

Vivatech is a great opportunity to be promoted and develop your network with CNRS and other start-ups. The show also plays on celebrity among the general public, while many start-ups are not yet on the market. “, Explains Sophie Brac de la Perrière, co-founder and CEO of the start-up Healshape – which develops bioprostheses for natural and simple breast reconstruction, and which was present at the CNRS stand at VivaTech in 2021.

Health, sustainability and digital

This year, the CNRS has selected three areas that face many challenges with a strong societal impact: health, sustainability and digital technology. Accelerating the discovery of new medical treatments, transformation of CO2for atmospheric fuel or the design of a quantum computer … Pioneering innovations that will one day enable these exploits will be exhibited in the CNRS space. At Vivatech, we want to share our vision: to show how the quantum computer – which is fast approaching – will meet the challenges of the 21st century and affect industries, but also how we can start from a laboratory and participate in an entrepreneurial race where GAFA and start-ups compete “, reports Théau Peronnin, co-founder of startup Alice & Bob whose goal is to create the universal quantum computer able to run any algorithm without error within 5 years – the promise of a revolution that has recently made it possible to raise 27 million euros.

This year, the CNRS has selected three areas that face many challenges with a strong societal impact: health, sustainable development and digital technology. © CNRS

Imagine what the projects that will be presented at VivaTech in 2032 could be

Moments of intervention and discussion around the themes in Priority research programs and equipment (PEPR) exploratory or in the context of the national acceleration strategies decided by the state within the framework of France 2030 recovery plan will also characterize the program for the CNRS stand, such as, for example, quantum technologies, space exploration, decarbonization of our industry, medtech and biotech. These discussions between PEPR pilots – whose goal is to meet today’s economic, societal, digital and environmental challenges – and the leaders of start-ups from CNRS laboratories form the link between a current scientific vision and the concrete results that will follow from it in approx. . ten years. ” At Vivatech 2022, through start-ups present at the CNRS stand, we will present current results, which therefore stem from already established scientific research results, at the same time as we will present the major future scientific orientations that will be implemented. . in place within the framework of the PEPRs, whether they relate to quantum technology, smart cities or even hydrogen. This illustration of the ongoing research dynamics will therefore make it possible to project oneself and imagine what the projects that will be presented at Vivatech in 2032 could be! “, Adds Jean-Luc Moullet.

CNRS will announce the winners of the CNRS Innovation Medal on June 16, a first highlighted by VivaTech’s CEO. ” This award honors personalities whose outstanding research has led to unique technological, economic, therapeutic and social innovations, such as the Esther Duflo, CNRS 2011 Innovation Medal and the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019 for its random award effect evaluation method “, She emphasizes.

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