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CONNECT, the magazine for SMEs seeking innovation through the digital sciences, and get access to ICST news, updates on the state of research and applied technology for industry, portraits of partners who have participated in INRIA research teams working with innovative SMEs, special reports and other features. In the current issue: Is cloud computing where it's at for SMEs? Digital sciences for domestic health.

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  2. 2. CONTENTS EDITOR’S DESK 03_NEWS BRIEFS Round-up of the latest digital science news. SMES, DRIVING 05_DECRYPTION Cloud Computing: The New El Dorado for SMEs? INNOVATION DAVID MONTEAU, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INNOVATION AT INRIA In recent years, all major players, whether established or recently emerged, have been focusing on innovation as a key factor in company growth. Although innovation is a core business process, companies also need to have the capacity to quickly and effectively identify and leverage prospects in this regard, for example, the potential offerings of public research. The public research and innovation system in France has been undergoing a major transformation in this area as demonstrated by numerous recent changes. For one, the government implemented its “Investissements d’Avenir” (“Future Investments”) program (the “Great Loan”); besides the sheer scope of investment 07 _FOCUS involved, this program also seeks to effect structural changes. Actors in technology transfer are uniting on the regional and national levels, competitive clusters are seeing the preliminary results of their efforts and setting their priorities for the next five years, and the second Digital Science Supporting Home Care. call for Carnot Institutes was recently completed. Beyond the apparent multiplicity of these transformations, one 10_INITIATIVES aspect of these initiatives is clear and new in terms of OSEO Supports Businesses with its amplitude: the priority assigned to growing our SMEs. Innovative Projects. This constitutes recognition of the driving role played by these businesses in innovation both within the French economy and worldwide. Public research is consequently 11_USEFUL INFO called upon to fulfill its role through Calendar, Events, New Products, More the transfer of expertise and technology with a view 12_PARTNERSHIPS to increasing the competitiveness The Demar research team and Neurelec: of these companies in An Innovative Alliance. international markets. Connect is proud to be part of this exciting new dynamic. Connect is the magazine co-designed by OSEO and Inria, the National Institute for Computer Science and Control. Connect_N°02 // July 2011. DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION: Michel Cosnard. MANAGING EDITOR: Laurent Stencel. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Marie Gallas-Amblard. EDITORIAL COMMITTEE: Céline Acharian, Marie Gallas-Amblard, Jean-Christophe Gougeon, David Monteau. PHOTO CREDITS: Inria, Inria/J.M. Droisy, Inria/C. Lebedinsky, Inria/C. Tourniaire, Atomic Imagery/Digital Vision/Getty Images, Fotolia/F. Peters, Sindya N. Bhanoo/The New York Times-REDUX-REA, S. Jayet, Thinkstock 2011. DESIGN AND PRODUCTION . PRINTING: Bergame, paper PEFC-certified. INRIA Déploiement identité 61269 INRIA CORPO BASELINE CMJN DRAGON 100% Baseline C0 C0 C0 M20 M100 M100 J90 J90 J100 - - N0 N0 N0 - - - - - - - - - R1-21/04/11 02_Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011Logotype Equivalence Tons directs
  3. 3. NEWS DIGITAL SCIENCE NEWSBRIEFSCARNOT 2 DESIGNATION KEY FIGURES5 CARNOT INSTITUTESFOCUSING ON SOFTWARESubsequent to the second callfor applications for Carnot Institutes, This second generation of Carnot Institutes, which retain their +32% : the increase in research revenue over the last five years among34 research laboratories were designation for a five-year period, Carnot Institutes. This dramatic increaseawarded this prestigious designation. explore new areas (humanities is evidence of highly positive progress.Five institutes currently specialize and social sciences, etc.) in keeping Institutes filed for 21% more patentsin digital science and software: with the national research and over the same period.CEA LIST; Télécom & Société innovation strategy under the auspicesNumérique; LAAS; LSI; and Inria of a consolidated budget of €1.9 billion E650MCarnot Institute. This recognition (provided by the French Nationalof excellence is granted by the French Research Agency). For businesses,Ministry of Higher Education and this designation provides additionalResearch to research organizations assurance as they strive to developin France working to bring research high value-added projects with publicactors from the public and socio- research.economic domains closer together. in INNOVATION AID was granted by OSEO in 2010 to SMEs and mid-cap companies with significant support from government. This is up 16% over 2009. “In supporting the growth of French SMEs, if there is one aspect where we have maintained continuous commitment, it is innovation,” stated Prime Minister François Fillon at the Planète PME tradeEUROPEAN PORTAL fair organized by CGPME (French General Confederation of small and mediumPROMOTING GROWTH sized enterprises) this past June 16. “By tripling the research tax credit,OF SMES IN EUROPE we provided a powerful impetus for businesses to innovate.”Recently enhanced (new and managing a business’s presencefunctionalities, look and feel, in other member states of thecontent, etc.), the European SME European Union.portal is a website administered Available in 21 languages, it alsoby the European Commission’s features local contact and networkingDirectorate-General for Enterpriseand Industry. Financed throughthe Competitiveness and Innovation information for those interested. This data is provided under four main headings: “Money, Partners and Public 62% or nearly two-thirds of small enterprises in France do not have an onlineFramework Program (CIP), it brings Contracts,” “Making the Most of the presence, according to a nationwide studytogether a broad range of information Market,” “EU SME Policy & Statistics” conducted in February 2011 by the Fédération des centres de gestionprovided by the European Union and “Support.” Visitors can also read agréés. 15 years after the emergencewith the objective of promoting the success story of the month of the Web, this finding is surprising,SME creation and expansion across and view a calendar of events. particularly in light of the fact that companiesEurope and around the world. with an Internet presence are in a betterThe website’s highly interactive MORE INFORMATION: position to control their image and attractofferings include practical tips HTTP://EC.EUROPA.EU/SMALL-BUSINESS/ customers through the contentand legal advice on expanding INDEX_EN.HTM they distribute. Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011 _03
  4. 4. NEWS DIGITAL SCIENCE NEWSBRIEFSINITIATIVEIPV6 JUMP DAY telex INCREASED VISIBILITY OF PUBLIC RESEARCH-BASED PROJECTS Engineering Task Force (IETF) later IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION established the IPv6 protocol based FOR START-UP AID FOR INNOVATIVE on a 128-bit system supporting the use ENTERPRISES of a much greater number of addresses. The jury at the 13th national However, the new protocol has only competition for start-up aid been adopted by 1% of the Web to date! for innovative enterprises named 149 award winners in a ceremony The Internet Society recently celebrated held on Tuesday 28 June, 2011, IPv6 Jump Day to encourage businesses at the Ministry of Higher Education to make the transition. During the and Research. The recipients “will get event, which took place on June 8, 2011, the support they need to carry two online giants, Google through with their ideas and bring and Facebook, set an example by their emerging hopes to fruition,” testing IPv6 for 24 hours. “Native IPv6 stated Valérie Pécresse, former Higher Education and Research minister.Development of the Internet in networks are already in place in Asia and This support takes the form of grantsthe early 1980s was accompanied the United States, but companies to the winning enterprises to fundby adoption of the IPv4 protocol in Europe have been dragging their feet their innovation programs.supporting the attribution of more somewhat,” explains César Viho, Among this year’s winners,than 4 billion IP addresses. People professor at the University of Rennes 63% were associated with publicthen could hardly imagine the digital 1 and member of Inria’s Dionysos research, 38% universities, 21%revolution that would ensue over research team specializing in protocol the CNRS, 12% Inserm, 10% Inria and 7% the CEA. In addition to financialthe years to come. To prevent the stock testing. “IPv6 Jump Day provided support, the enterprises are alsoof IP addresses available worldwide the perfect reminder of the need offered support services, includingfrom running out, the Internet to make this transition.” customized training under the “Challenge +” program of the HEC Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.QUIXPROC TECHNOLOGYNEXT-GENERATION DATA NATIONAL DIGITAL COUNCIL (CNN) FOUNDEDEXCHANGE AND PROCESSING This past April 27, Nicolas Sarkozy officially founded a new advisory body with a view to “enlightening” of data exchange and processing while the French government onWorking closely with Inria since 2008, Internet-related issues andInnovimax provides advice and also taking data storage requirements expressing opinions on prospectiveassistance to businesses seeking into account. legislation and regulationsto industrialize their documentary with potential impact on the digitalprocesses. Inria’s Mostrare research MORE INFORMATION: economy. Made up of 18 members,team, in conjunction with the CNRS, WWW.INNOVIMAX.FR primarily representatives of telecomthe Universities of Lille 1 and 3 and operators, e-commerce firms and software publishers, and chairedInnovimax, has developed the by Gilles Babinet, founder of theQuiXProc technology enabling rapid start-ups eYeka, MXP4 and Captaincompilation and retrieval of data Dash, the CNN is expected to meetexchanged on the Web via the XML with the French president threestandard. to four times a year.This solution generates considerabletime savings for businesses in the area04_Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011
  5. 5. DECRYPTIONCLOUD COMPUTINGCLOUD COMPUTING:THE NEW EL DORADO FOR SMES?SMES CREATING CLOUD-COMPUTING-BASED SOLUTIONS Growing rapidly since its emergence just two years ago, cloud computing (CC) ena-HAVE A PROMISING FUTURE: THIS MARKET IS EXPECTED bles users and businesses to access theirTO GROW AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 33% THROUGH 2015. personal information from any locationPUBLIC RESEARCH CAN HELP TO MAXIMIZE THEIR CHANCES or operating system via the Internet. First, they can take advantage of supplemen-OF SUCCESS. tary resources (storage, computing capac- ity) through use of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) services. Those seeking a devel- opment environment with design and testing tools can then move on to a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering. Finally, users looking for software (CRM(1), e-mail, etc.) can make use of SaaS (Software as a Service) systems. Businesses can fulfill their requirements with any of three different physical con- figurations: public, by sharing capacity with a third-party operator (e.g., Amazon, Google, Microsoft); privately, with an internally developed architecture (e.g., eBay); or through use of a combined sys- tem. SMEs have demonstrated particu- lar interest in public cloud computing applications. FAST-GROWING MARKET FOR INVESTMENT CC combines performance, efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and reduced cost. It minimizes start-up investments while also maximizing cost control. CC sup- ports the transition from capital expendi- tures (CAPEX) to operating expenditures (OPEX). These advantages are collectively driving its growth: in 2012, it is expected to capture 10% of total global spending in digital science, or $44 billion. “France is following the same path,” explains Jean- Christophe Gougeon, OSEO’s software Thierry Priol, Assistant technology sector manager. “28% of enter- Scientific Director at Inria. prise organizations and public administra- tions are already using it.” With an annual Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011 _05
  6. 6. DECRYPTION CLOUD COMPUTING: DRIVING RESEARCH Research teams in France have been busy contributing to large-scale projects at the European level with the objective of enhancing platform effectiveness in terms of both performance and reduced energy consumption, achieving greater interoperability of various cloud types, improving data and access security and preventing virus propagation. Lastly, researchers are already looking forward to the next generation of CC, which will be freestanding and mass-distributed. PERSONAL COMPUTERS SOON OBSOLETE? Google has moved on from seeking to reinvent Windows or come out with the next super-computer to developing remote services. “Within the next threegrowth rate expected to hit 33% through as privacy, not to mention what hap- to four years, it’s possible that people will2015, CC is the fastest-evolving market pens when it crashes. However, SMEs no longer need local space for data storagein France, across Europe and world- equipped to develop new services could but instead just a keyboard, monitor andwide(2). CC has consequently been the have much to gain from this fast-growing mouse and will be able to store everythingsubject of great attention, with the French market. “Before taking the plunge, they from music to photos on outside servers,”government planning to allocate some should take a hard look at their position- anticipates Thierry Priol.€780 million of the Great Loan toward ing,” comments Thierry Priol, Assistantdevelopment in this area. Scientific Director at Inria. “They mayThe cloud is also associated with certain also be able to benefit from use of publicrisks in relation to the security and con- research-based technologies in the develop- (1) Customer relationship management.fidentiality of data exchanged as well ment of innovative solutions.” (2) Source: OSEO. OPEN SOURCE LYATISS, OR THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE CLOUD CLOUDWARE LYATISS IS THE FIRST START-UP to market founding member and CEO of LYaTISS. “Our model INITIATIVE (OSCI) virtualization and optimization services for has the capacity to remove many barriers, such information processing and transmission as inadequate data security, inconsistent qualityLAUNCHED BY THE OW2 COMMUNITY, OSCi is infrastructures to support effective adaptation of service, absence of an internal clock and lack ofa project to develop an integrated portfolio of of the distribution network, or the Internet, to coordination leading to wasted resources. Usingopen-source software components for CC. Its CC applications. “It’s possible to push back the our software, companies will be able to adapt theirfocus is the development of cloud middleware limits of the current Internet, which were never online service offerings highly effectively in orderto support interoperability at the IaaS level along designed to serve as a universal infrastructure to remain competitive.”with open and customizable PaaS and SaaS to begin with,” says Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet,architecture solutions. Research Director of Inria’s Reso team – based out CONTACT: PASCALE VICAT-BLANC PRIMET, CEO, LYATISS. of the École normale supérieure de Lyon – and E-MAIL: PVB@LYATISS.COM06_Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011
  7. 7. FOCUS HOME CARE WHEN TECHNOLOGYEQUALS INDEPENDENCE MAINTAINING ACCESS TO CARE AND INNOVATING IN THE CREATION OF NEW TOOLS TO PROVIDE EVERYONE THE OPTION TO RECEIVE CARE AT HOME UNDER OPTIMAL CONDITIONS: HOME CARE HAS BECOME A SOCIETAL CHALLENGE AND MARKET IN ITS OWN RIGHT. INRIA AND ITS PARTNERS, INCLUDING CNR-SANTÉ, HAVE POSITIONED THEMSELVES BY DEPLOYING EFFECTIVE SERVICES AND PROVIDING SUPPORT TO HEALTH ENTERPRISES SEEKING TO INNOVATE.W ith lengthening life expectancies and 2040 (1). Moreover, as noted by Philippe Gesnouin, the ageing of the population, demand in Technology transfer Associate for Health at Inria, the home care care sector is high and “Whether pregnant women, children with asthma or sub- steadily increasing. This observation is jects recovering at home from surgery, home care is a new indisputable: the proportion of seniors approach to medical care that can apply to everyoneis rising, and, for the first time, we are seeing the emer- regardless of age. It also encompasses the notions ofgence of five-generation families. With this increase in wellness and prevention with patients receiving qualitythe number of seniors comes a corresponding increase follow-up care while also remaining in their own environ-in the number of people with limited autonomy: in 2010, ment.” At a time when France is tackling medical demo-there were more than 1.1 million dependent seniors, a graphic issues and insofar as home care covers a broadfigure expected to increase by 1 to 2% annually through range of interventions of varying degrees of technical Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011 _07
  8. 8. Scene interpretation for activity recognition: sensors installed throughout this apartment (with assistance from CSTB, Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment) enable remote analysis of behavior among seniors (Pulsar research team). INTEROPERABILITY CHALLENGES Another factor influencing development of home care services is the evolution of debilitating (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), critical (cancer) and chronic (diabetes) condi- tions in younger subjects. In these situations, enhanced or social complexity, digital science creates valuable health care takes on its full meaning and includes the opportunities for more effectively leveraging medical option to receive care and to age at home. One recent data, developing new diagnostic and prescription tools innovation has supported awareness in this regard: and streamlining patient assistance applications. “This creation of the “dossier médical personnel” (personal is why we’ve been involved in developing solutions in the health record), or DMP, by ASIP Santé, the shared areas of telemedicine, home care and, in some cases, home healthcare information systems agency. At its annual support services,” continues Philippe Gesnouin. “At the conference on January 5, 2011, this agency announced same time, we’re deploying tools to promote closer collabo- the nationwide launch of the DMP service, which is to ration with SMEs such as the I-Lab joint laboratories.” In provide for the interoperability of healthcare informa- 2010 a total of 27 projects in the telehealth domain tion systems to support qualitative coordination of care. brought forward by 23 companies also received sup- This will be based increasingly on the electronic port from OSEO, a public enterprise financing and sup- exchange of medical information valuable to practition- porting SME innovation and growth, for a total of ers for ensuring proper management of patient care. €2 million. The objective: to provide support to enter- The IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) initia- prises seeking to expand into this market. tive also plays a role in this regard. The purpose of this What is the story studies on home health and autonomy. behind the founding At the same time, we offer training workshops and support to enterprises of CNR-Santé? seeking to implement or develop CNR-Santé was established at the projects relating to digital science. initiative of the Ministry of the We play the role of consultant and Economy, Industry and Employment assistant to the contracting authority (MINEFE) with the objective of throughout the project cycle. supporting development and optimal use of digital science as part of managing home health and assisted living. This mission encompasses How do Inria and the creation and promotion of new CNR-Santé work applications for associated technologies together? and services to improve patients’ Inria has been with us since quality of life, facilitate the emergence our founding in 2009. The institute of more efficient organizations and provides us support and critical increase competitiveness in the digital advice based on its in-depth science economic sector. An “Act of knowledge of the ecosystem andINTERVIEW WITH BRUNO CHARRAT, 1901” (not-for-profit) association, industrial environment. TogetherMANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE CNR-Santé seeks to unite and support we are successfully bringing togetherNATIONAL DE RÉFÉRENCE SANTÉ À other actors in its intended role of reference body in its industry. and fostering cooperation among funding bodies, experts, usersDOMICILE ET AUTONOMIE (CNR-SANTÉ). and industrial players to facilitateESTABLISHED IN 2009, THIS CENTER the emergence of innovative projectsEDUCATES ECONOMIC PLAYERS ABOUT What work does it perform? in the fields of home care and autonomy.THE IMPORTANCE OF DIGITAL SCIENCE The network of experts at CNR-Santé performs monitoring tasks, providesIN MANAGING HOME CARE. information and conducts targeted 08_Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011
  9. 9. HEALTH, LIFE SCIENCE, BIOTECHNOLOGYinitiative is to facilitate the interoperability of health- “The growth of the home care industry in terms of deploy-care equipment and information systems. A founding ment of digital science has strategic importance,” addsIHE member in Europe, Inria is involved in aspects of Bruno Charrat, Managing Director of CNR-Santé. “Thesethis international project including testing platform tools offer significant potential with respect to leveragingdevelopment and takes part each year in Connectathon, the benefits of the digital revolution. Through this alliance,a unique forum for testing software and hardware we’re expanding our knowledge about this ecosystem andinteroperability that brings together development the associated industrial interests.”engineers and innovative companies in the health andother sectors. (1) Source: Le Figaro, February 18, 2010. (2) Inria’s large-scale initiatives provide a foundation for launchingSTRENGTHENING TIES WITH PARTNERS ambitious research projects linked directly to the institute’s strategic plan and the milestones defined therein. These initiatives frequently crossInria is concurrently deploying systems adapted to multiple disciplines and draw on a variety of expertise. More informationthe evolution of societal issues through a research (in French): recherches/domaines-de-recherche/team in Sophia Antipolis: Pulsar studies two areas of actions-d-envergureapplication, video surveillance and home care for sen-iors. “We’re experimenting with new techniques in the CONTACTS: BRUNO CHARRAT (LEFT), MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CENTRE NATIONAL DE RÉFÉRENCE SANTÉ À DOMICILE ET AUTONOMIEfields of cognitive vision, cognitive systems for physical (CNR-SANTÉ), AND PHILIPPE GESNOUIN, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERobject recognition, activity interpretation, activity ASSOCIATE FOR HEALTH AT INRIAlearning and system design and evaluation. The Pulsar E-MAIL: BRUNO.CHARRAT@CNR-SANTE.FR – PHILIPPE.GESNOUIN@INRIA.FRteam focuses on two research streams: scene interpreta-tion and software architecture for activity recognition.”Inria has created a research infrastructure aroundthe theme of autonomy of frail individuals and provi-sion of home care to them. Four main themes areguiding applications in relation to this PersonallyAssisted Living large-scale initiative (2): assessment ofpatient fragility, mobility, rehabilitation and socialinteraction. Lastly, to drive its activities in this sector,Inria has fostered strategic partnerships with CNR-Santé (Centre national de référence santé à domicileet autonomie), which seeks to promote the incorpora-tion of digital science into care and assisted livingmanagement (see inset). “We decided to be proactive inthe fields of telehealth, autonomy and home care and tocontribute in this regard to the efforts of CNR-Santé, anational structuring initiative supported by theMinistry of Industry,” explains Philippe Gesnouin.HOME CARE INSPIRING PUBLIC RESEARCH EFFORTS• The Pulsar research team is focused on two • The Phoenix research team creates the Laboratoire bordelais de recherche en informatique,research areas: scene interpretation for activity development environment for coordinating entity Laboratoire lorrain de recherche en informatique etrecognition and software architecture development. (sensor, device, alarm) integration and ses applications and the University of VersaillesIts efforts involve working with researchers at programming and home automation management Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.the CSTB (3) and an enterprise providing support interfaces for non-technical caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease patients. • The Maia research team develops freestanding (3) Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment• The Smis research team designs new techniques smart systems with the capacity to perceive, (center for building science and technology).in embedded data management in secure interpret and act on the environment. Applicationscomputing devices and is developing, among for its efforts include the provision of medical MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Rencontresother projects, a portable medical-social care to home dialysis patients. Inria Industrie sur la santé à domicile (Inria/industryrecord currently undergoing experimentation These Inria teams work in conjunction with one conference on home care) on October 20, 2011in the French department of Yvelines. or more other French partners, including CNRS, (see event program p. 11). Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011 _09
  10. 10. INITIATIVESOSEO EXPERTISESUPPORTING INNOVATIVEPROJECTSA PUBLIC AGENCY, OSEO HAS BEEN SUPPORTING SMES WITH THEIR INNOVATION PROJECTSFOR NEARLY 30 YEARS, FINANCING AND PROMOTING THEIR GROWTH THROUGH ALL CRUCIALLIFE CYCLE PHASES. INTERVIEW WITH BAPTISTE HAMEL, BUSINESS ANALYST AT OSEO._How does OSEO support enterprises in – financing for investment, the operat- final project plan in place before apply-moving forward with innovation projects? ing cycle and internationalization. ing to OSEO, but that said, they shouldBaptiste Hamel: OSEO assists entrepre- feel free to contact us at any time. We’reneurs initiating projects or creating or What advice would you offer to a SME here to help! Whether you are creatingtaking over businesses with risk man- seeking to get involved in research and or expanding your business or under-agement and raising financing required development or innovation activities? taking a dramatic diversification pro-for innovative R&D projects with a view B. H.: I would advise it to position its pro- ject, we have products and services forto gaining or maintaining a competi- ject very carefully in terms of its degree you. The time frame for applicationtive advantage. OSEO’s actions focus on of technical and economic maturity, as review is typically quite short.three complementary areas to provide we finance new technologies, processescomprehensive support to enterprises and services with the potential to createthroughout all development phases value over the short to medium term. CONTACT: BAPTISTE HAMEL, BUSINESS ANALYST, OSEO. E-MAIL: BAPTISTE.HAMEL@OSEO.FR.from creation through succession, TEL.: 0619016011including: For which project phases can– support for innovation entrepreneurs get assistance from OSEO? MORE INFORMATION:– bank financing guarantees B. H.: Ideally, businesses should have a WWW.OSEO.FR OSEO SUPPORT PHASES DURING PROJECT GROWTH Research and Development contracts development phase Actor: OSEO Actor: ANR Innovation phase* Actor: OSEO OSEO’s services are Equity loans available to you at any Actor: OSEO phase of your enterprise’s life cycle: – state of the art phase – innovation phase Time (financial support, repayable advances or interest-free loans for innovation) *Two possible areas of intervention: – investment – Feasibility, subsidization - Aima, MESR or internationalization (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) Competition (through equity loans, – Debt development development contracts (potential coverage of technology transfer costs) or bank co-financing) • repayable advances (sharing of technical and economic risks) • interest-free loans for innovation • equity loans or development contracts10_Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011
  11. 11. USEFUL INFO EVENT PROGRAM“LOGICI…L QUALIFI… POUR L… TRANSF…RT” LABELINCREASED CONFIDENCE 12-13 OCTOBER, 2011 LES R…NDEZ-VOUS CAR-FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT NOT 2011 IN PARIS AND LYON Les rendez-vous Carnot brings for this distrust, improve software together all actors dedicated credibility and professionalize transfer to supporting research and practices, Inria has created the innovation (members of Carnot “Logiciel qualifié pour le transfert” Institutes, public laboratories, (“software qualified for transfer”) research organizations, national designation. Based on a legal analysis and regional agencies)Generally developed by multiple and assessment methodology at the enterprise level.contributors based on existing applied to software (identificationcomponents, software has become of the software’s authors and right REGISTER AT:a complex tool from a legal holders, third-party components WWW.RDV-CARNOT.COMperspective. Industrial interests incorporated into the software and to plan qualified businessand innovative SMEs can consequently any issues relating to infringement or meetings.display a lack of confidence defense), this designation is awardedin transferred software stemming to specific versions or transfer schemesfrom research, particularly open (for example, a given license insource software. To compensate the case of open-source distribution). OCTOBER 20, 2011 INRIA INDUSTRY MEETINGS ON HOME CARE Organized in Paris in conjunction with CNR-Santé under the theme of digital science supporting home care, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT this event provides an excellent LAUNCH OF THIRD DIGITAL opportunity to interact with institutional and economic GREEN GROWTH PRIZE COMPETITION leaders in the industry as well as Inria researchers. experimentation and development of digital MORE INFORMATION: technologies in support of sustainable WWW.INRIA.FR/ development (low-carbon economics, intelligent CENTRE-DE-RECHERCHE-INRIA/ building, sustainable mobility, localized PARIS-ROCQUENCOURT/ INNOVATION/RII-SDA-IDF/ economy, smart grids, etc.). PRESENTATION The objective: to raise awareness about best practices and new technologies to promote the establishment of new markets in digital NOVEMBER 17, 2011 science and other fields. INRIA/INDUSTRY CONFERENCE To be eligible, a company must be headquartered ON TELEVISION OF THE FUTURE in France or a French subsidiary of a foreign IN RENNES corporation. Nominations remain open through Attend to learn more about NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 EDITION September 30, 2011. Inria’s research efforts OF THE DIGITAL GREEN GROWTH PRIZE OPENED ON JUNE 9. Awarded to five and the products of innovative outstanding actors in sustainable digital enterprises in this sector. growth, this prize is bestowed in MORE INFORMATION: recognition of innovation, creation, WWW.PRIXDELACROISSANCEVERTENUMERIQUE.EU Connect_ Issue 02 // July 2011 _11
  12. 12. PARTNERSHIPS LIFE SCIENCES PLEDGING TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER WHAT DO AUDITORY REHABILITATION AND MOTOR COMPENSATION HAVE IN COMMON? A CHIP DEVELOPED JOINTLY BY THE DEMAR RESEARCH TEAM – UNDER INRIA, THE UNIVERSITIES OF MONTPELLIER 1 AND 2 AND THE CNRS – AND NEURELEC. READ ON FOR DETAILS. The Demar research team seeks company specializes in cochlear to compensate for severe motor and implants, which electrically stimulate sensory impairment through use the auditory nerve. These two teams of functional electrical stimulation (FES) were surely destined to work together! working closely with medical “In 2006, we presented a generic institutions. Meanwhile, Neurelec, stimulator concept to them, which a 140-employee subsidiary of MXM, they found interesting,” explains develops implantable neurostimulation David Guiraud, head of the Demar devices that restore hearing. This research team. “All that was left was to adapt it to the specific auditory constraints.” A microelectronic engineer from the Demar team was assigned to Neurelec, based out of Sophia Antipolis in the Alpes-Maritimes department in France. “The motivation and interest in working together were definitely there,” enthusiastically reports Guillaume Rosanis, R&D manager at Neurelec. “The Demar research team transferred their concept, expertise and technology to us, and then we moved forward with designing a product for motor impairments that could be marketed.” Innovation was apparent at all levels of the joint effort, from production techniques to work methods. And this pooling of discipline and confidence was successful, with Neurelec developing a 24-channel chip whose industrial version will be ready before the end of this year. A success story indeed! CONTACTS: GUILLAUME ROSANIS / GROSANIS@NEURELEC.COM DAVID GUIRAUD / DAVID.GUIRAUD@LIRMM.FR David Guiraud, head of the Demar research team (left), and Guillaume Rosanis, R&D manager at Neurelec.