The market for e-health, biotechnology and the therapies of the future is growing rapidly and Atlantic France holds a major place on the national and even the European scene. Thanks to a network of dynamic local players (startups, innovative companies, research labs, centres of excellence…), the region, with Nantes as the leading city, is recognised for being at the forefront of this sector.
Are you a company in the health sector wanting to grow? Or a startup that offers solutions for e-health, biotech and MedTech?
Atlantic France is the place to be, and here is why!
Biotechnology, MedTech, e-health… What exactly are we talking about?
- Biotechnology (biotech): the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as their components, products and models, to modify living or non-living materials for the purpose of producing knowledge, goods and services (source: OECD)
- MedTech: the application of knowledge and skills organised in the form of devices, drugs, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life (source: WHO)
- Digital health or e-health: the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to all health-related activities (source: European Commission)
Real development opportunities in Atlantic France
There are many innovation and R&D projects working on healthcare of the future in the region. A welcoming land for startups and companies wishing to develop in this market, Atlantic France has all the expertise and infrastructure necessary for successful deployment.
Atlantic France is/has:
- The 4th French region, in terms of employee numbers, for the production of veterinary drugs
- More than 8,200 employees in nearly 220 establishments in the health and technology industries
- 3,100 public researchers, including 500 research teachers in the field of medical research
- A dynamic ecosystem of institutional and academic players: Atlanpole Biotherapies, a competitiveness cluster dedicated to biomedicine located in Nantes, as well as an array of renowned research centres
- A range of development opportunities, particularly in the marine biotechnology and haematology markets.
Nantes: the benchmark city for health and biotechnology research
The health sector in the Nantes urban area plays a leading role at national, and even European, level and can rely on recognized expertise in several specialties.
Did you know that Nantes is the birthplace of innovative biotherapies in Europe? Nantes researchers excel in the fields of immunotherapy, regenerative medicine and radiopharmaceuticals. Several European or world leaders are based here, such as Ose Immunotherapeutics or Valneva. It is also the 1st French centre in nuclear oncology thanks to Arronax, a community of Nantes academic actors working for the research and development of nuclear medicine, and its cyclotron dedicated to the production of radioisotopes. It should be noted that 520 clinical trials are currently underway at the Western Cancer Institute (ICO) – which is also the leading cancer centre in provincial France.
Connected health, telemedicine, digital stimulation, data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D printing… Researchers and startups are inventing the health solutions of the future in Nantes. The city is attracting more and more players, including Doctolib, the leader in teleconsultation, and Owkin, a specialist in artificial intelligence applied to health.
By 2030, a Health District, which is linked with the new University Hospital in the centre of Nantes, will welcome players in health, training, research and innovation. This site will cover 3,000 sqm in 2024 and 30,000 sqm in 2030, and it will bring a new dynamic to the Atlantic France ecosystem. The flagship facility of this district will be “Station S”: an emblematic building of the health of the future sector which will welcome startups.
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News in the healthcare sector
Le Mans: a health and social training centre of excellence to be created in 2025
Attached to the University of Le Mans, it will accommodate 1,500 students, around a hundred staff and equipment suitable for future health professionals.
Doctolib: 750 jobs in Nantes by 2024
Doctolib expands its ambitions in Nantes, which has become its main regional centre, and appeals to employees who appreciate the quality of life in Atlantic France. Located in the Euronantes district, the e-health specialist already has 350 employees and is looking for new premises to further continue its development. The goal? Recruit 100 to 150 employees every year over the next 3 years.
Research support: €500,000 for innovative healthcare projects
In 2020, Nantes Métropole created a fund to support the innovation of companies and research laboratories in the field of health. Over the first 2 years, €1.8 million was granted to 20 projects tackling the Covid crisis, such as the open-source, artificial ventilator MakAir. The fund has been renewed this year with a total amount of €500,000.