Covid-19: tech companies’ solidarity boosts innovative research at Nantes university hospital

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In Atlantic France, companies mostly belonging to the digital sector raised more than €130,000 to support Nantes university hospital. The emergency fund will be used to accelerate key medical R&D projects tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The goal was ambitious: raise €100,000 in less than a week. The fundraising backed by major tech companies from Atlantic France (Intuiti, iAdvize, Akeneo, Lengow, BeApp, EP, 10-Vins…) has been a success, with 492 donators and €133,719 collected. 

The money will go to the Covid-19 emergency fund created by Nantes university hospital, which will be used for important research projects aiming to have a global impact on the coronavirus pandemic.

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