Technology transfer to industry: 2015 achievements
Avalun’s pocket lab to be tested at four nursing homes in 2016
CEA spinoff Avalun, founded in 2013, will test its LabPad® for one year at four nursing homes across the region. The facilities will use the portable, communicating device to measure INR, a blood-clotting test.
Because the LabPad® only requires a small drop of blood from a fi nger prick, it should make life easier for both nurses and patients. This is especially true for patients with dementia, who may require multiple caregivers just to draw blood. The LabPad® is virtually connected to labs, which means that caregivers will no longer need to carry vials of blood. And fast results mean that patients’ anticoagulant medicine can be adjusted right away if needed. The program was selected under France’s digital healthcare initiative, administered at the regional level by the Rhône-Alpes regional government’s healthcare agency
Rossignol and the CEA team up to design tomorrow’s skis
I sère-based ski manufacturer Rossignol will be teaming up with CEA Tech over the next fi ve years on R&D to improve the brand’s current products and come up with new ones. Researchers at Leti and Liten are already working on connected sensors and materials for the manufacturer. This major partnership has already mobilized some 30 Rossignol staff ers; ultimately, Rossignol’s entire R&D department will be involved, bringing the number to around 60. The innovations developed under the program will be tested by professional skiers.
Over the past several years sporting goods manufacturers like Decathlon, Babolat, Petzl, Lafuma, and Corima have turned to CEA Tech to boost their R&D. This latest R&D partnership is once again proof that CEA Tech technologies are relevant to the sporting goods industry.
Enerbee invests 4 million in its new production plant
Startup Enerbee, which has its offi ces at MINATEC, is investing €4 million to scale up its fi rst miniature electric generators for industrial manufacturing. The generators are used to harvest energy from objects in motion, i.e. connected consumer electronics. Enerbee plans to brings its manufactured products to market by the end of 2016.
Enerbee’s breakthrough technology has won numerous awards, including the French government’s prestigious Global Innovation Award and the EDF Pulse Award, and off ers an innovative solution to the challenge of powering connected objects. With annual global button-battery sales tallying at 30 million, Enerbee’s energy-harvesting technology is an economical, environmentally-friendly alternative.
Interview: Alain Briand, head of business creation support
“€96 million in eighteen months for CEA Grenoble’s startups”
Is this an exceptional era for startups based in Grenoble?
Sixteen startups from our research environment raised the record sum of €96 million from some 40 investors in just eighteen months. Aledia raised over €28 million, in addition to the €19 million raised by Crocus Technologies, €5.7 million by Exagan, €6.4 million by Isorg, €3.7 million by Apix Analytics, and €3 million by Primo 1D, as well as funds raised by ISKN, Enerbee, and Avalun. Almost all of these companies are operating out of MINATEC and more specifically the BHT.
Why this surge in investments?
We are developing some of the world’s highest-quality technology. And our startups are benefiting from sharp growth in investment in startups, both in Europe and worldwide. In other words, international-caliber investors are placing their bets on Grenoble’s technology. We are also seeing an uptick in local investment, especially from angel investor networks, which tend to put between €1 million and €3 million on the table. They increasingly figure among the top investors in our startups’ capital-raising campaigns.
What role can the CEA play in sustaining this level of investment?
It all starts in the laboratories. Without top-notch technical projects there can be no ambitious startups and, consequently, no interest from investors.
We need to continue to promote our research achievements. This means talking to investors and showing them our most promising work. But it is up to the startups themselves to find capital—something they have shown they’re very good at!
CEA Europe’s top patent filer among public research organizations
The CEA, with 558 patent applications published, has held on to the position of number one among public research organizations in the European Patent Office’s 2014 rankings.
The CEA also did well in the overall rankings, moving up a slot from the previous year to 32nd. The CEA is France’s third-leading patent filer, just behind Alcatel-Lucent and Technicolor.
Europe is strategic for the CEA, which goes through the EPO to request the geographical extension of protection for virtually all of its patents. Most of the CEA’s requests are for patents in microelectronics, new energy technologies, robotics, instrumentation, healthcare, and materials.
Tronics announces successful IPO
Tronics announced the success of its IPO on the Alternext Paris market on February 9. IPO investors netted a 25% gain on the offer price of €13.20 before trading closed for the day ; the company raised €12 million in fresh capital. The funds will be used to support development in Asia (North Korea, China, and Japan) and the United States, where the company already has a plant (Dallas, TX). Specifically, Tronics will double the size of its sales staff and aims to push sales revenue from €12 million to €40 million in three years.
onics also plans to pursue its ambitious innovation policy, leveraging its breakthrough M&NEMS technology and its MEMS for medical applications. New joint R&D contracts will be formed with Leti to back this strategy. Tronics was founded 18 years ago to develop and commercialize MEMS technologies hatched at Leti.