Tomorrow’s therapies and healthcare

The figures talk for themselves

175 firms and 6,000 jobs

Our region has a high number of businesses set up in biotechnology, especially biotherapy and bioanalysis.

5,700 students, and 2,000 researchers

Source: Nantes Saint Nazaire Développement 2021

Great business opportunities

We need your help to participate in:

  • the development of ambulatory medicine, especially in the university hospital and clinics in the Nantes area which are at the cutting edge in this field.
  • novel solutions for addressing the region’s ageing population. This ageing is higher than the rest of France: the number of over 65s in the region is expected to reach 28% by 2050, which is 1,298,000 inhabitants. As they do today, many senior citizens will likely be living in coastal areas.
  • the development of marine biotechnology, with the many university laboratories and research institutes in the region.
  • the vibrant ecosystem made up of 1,800 businesses in the childhood and wellbeing sector.
  • the development of veterinary medicine and biomedicine in a region where livestock farming is strong.

We can provide support:

The clinical research centre at Le Mans’s general hospital has positioned itself to work on pioneering therapies with industry (pharmaceuticals, medical equipment). In addition, hospitals in Nantes and Angers are engaged in high levels of research and clinical activities. Startups and the main healthcare organisations all collaborate closely to development their research and innovation.

We are looking for partners:

  • Come and help breed plants for our herbal medicine suppliers who are still looking for plant growers nearby and short supply chains; this is due to most medicinal plants having to be imported.
  • Come and address the need for subcontractors in the pharmaceutical sector



Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters

Atlanpole Biotherapies

co-ordinates the work of laboratories, companies and platforms on the bio-medicine value chain

Images & Réseaux

The reference cluster of digital innovation (Intelligent territory, smart home, e-education and e-health …)

Vegepolys Valley

The reference cluster for plants production respecting both environment and health, and fostering new technologies.

Business clusters


An innovation network for childhood well-being with links to the food industry.

Gérontopôle Autonomie-Longévité

Silver economy cluster

Research platforms


Particle accelerator, unique in Europe for producing isotopes for radiochemistry and oncology applications


brings together over 70 research units covering marine environment, agrifood, healthcare and bioinformatics in Western France

Canceropole Grand Ouest

combines the research units of INSERM, CNRS, universities, CEA, etc., the university hospital services and some industrialists


CESTI Nantes

European center for transplantation and immunotherapy sciences

CTTM Biological & Medical

with a biological and medical engineering unit which works on medical implant devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices

INSERM Grand Ouest

Public scientific and technology institute operating under the Ministries of Health and Research


federates the research laboratories and core-facilities of Nantes in biology/health

Innovation platforms


Academic and research resources

Academic resources

  • Angers University: Faculty of Health (Medicine and Pharmacy departments)
  • Nantes University: Faculty of Health (biology, pharmacy, biotechnologies, health and life sciences)
  • Oniris: Engineering school specializing in veterinary medicine, agrifood and food science – Nantes
  • Polytech’Angers: Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Angers. Fields: Industrial Systems, Health, Biology Sciences and Construction

Research resources

  • Angers and Nantes University Hospitals: Public hospitals (healthcare, education, research)
  • GIRCI Grand Ouest: Organisation gathering hospitals and health institutions for Clinical Research and Innovation
  • ICO – Institut de Cancerologie de l’Ouest: Integrated Center for oncology