All the buzz at Paris-Saclay: November 2022

The monthly picks by our team of news from here.

Spotlighting and supporting women inventors

The results of the first-ever study on women inventors in Europe are in! And the results, though promising, leave much to be desired: according to the European Patent Office, women inventors accounted for only 13.2% of patent applications between 1978 and 2019. So what can be done to boost the gender parity of invention? Continue to showcase the success of exceptional women inventors like Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian biochemist whose pioneering research on messenger RNA has offered crucial insight for new Covid-19 vaccine strategies. This is happening at Paris-Saclay with the WILLA network, which recently awarded two women entrepreneurs through its 4th “Women in Deeptech” bootcamp!

Making France a hub of DeepTech

As part of the France 2030 strategic plan, the French government has launched the French Tech DeepNum20 program to support the development of fundamental digital technologies and DeepTech startups, with the aim of promoting the country’s industrial and technological sovereignty. Following Green20 and Agri20, the DeepNum20 program has selected 20 startups to benefit from the support of Mission French Tech for one year. Supported by the SATT network, four of these startups hail from Paris-Saclay: Quandela, Pasqal, Snowpack and Spaceable.

France launches a special taskforce dedicated to digital

Following the announcement of the DeepNum20 program’s winning startups, the French Ministerial Steering Committee on Digital held its first meeting at Inria on the Paris-Saclay campus. Led by Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications, and Sylvie Retailleau, French Minister of Higher Education and Research, the taskforce plans to meet with various French Tech and DeepTech players from the Paris-Saclay innovation ecosystem. The Steering Committee on Digital notably intends to leverage the key digital technologies at Paris-Saclay to enable companies to transition towards smart manufacturing, sustainable cities, telemedicine and the metaverse.

Danone opens its new food science research facility

Danone Nutricia Research will soon open In’Cube, its new international research and innovation center, in Moulon. The new 21,500 m² facility will replace the Daniel Carasso center located in Palaiseau. Aiming to support the transformation of Danone’s food research and innovation business, while accelerating the food revolution, the In’Cube building also aligns with the company’s “One Planet, One Health” initiative with several unique features: BBCA low-carbon certification, HQE energy efficiency certification and renewable energies, such as its solar power roof. In addition, the building was designed to remain open to its natural environment, notably with its open design, green spaces and courtyard, called the Plazza.

Neuroscience researcher Julien Bouvier earns bronze from the CNRS

It’s bronze for the team of Julien Bouvier! Awarded by the CNRS, the Bronze Medal recognizes the work of leading researchers in a broad range of fields. Focusing on the early stages of project development, the distinction represents the pursue research that is already well underway and fruitful. Among this year’s recipients, Julien Bouvier of the Paris-Saclay Neuroscience Institute (NeuroPSI – CNRS/University of Paris-Saclay) earned recognition for his pioneering work on the neuronal circuits that govern breathing and locomotion across a variety of species, with the aim of advancing our understanding of brain diseases.

Our Newbies

  • Atmosgear
    Developer of the first electric rollerblades, a new micro-mobility solution for daily commutes.
    Paris-Saclay connection: Drahi-X
  • Carembouche
    Innovative bite-sized food for people who have difficulty eating and meeting their nutritional needs.
    Paris-Saclay connection: SATT, INRAE, Incuballiance
  • Carmoov
    Specialist in transforming Thermal Vehicles into VEEP© (Positive Electric Energy Vehicles) for personal and business travel.
    Paris-Saclay connection: Incuballiance, Estaca Lab
  • L’Officine du Monde
    Creator of a black cumin nutricosmetic ecosystem for a brand, expertise and industry made in France.
    Paris-Saclay connection: SQYCub, Incuballiance
  • Ousia Drinks
    Non-alcoholic cocktails that taste identical to alcoholic drinks.
    Paris-Saclay connection: Food’in Lab
  • Qlower
    A startup that automates tax management, accounting and reporting for all real estate investors.
    Paris-Saclay connection: HEC, Creative Valley, CIC
  • RéclameICI
    A free platform open to all consumers seeking to resolve a complaint or see how brands are working to do solve issues.
    Paris-Saclay connection: located in Orsay

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Jérémy Hervé
Head of Innovation & Economic Development

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