On 28th June, Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Research, officially announced the results of the 13th French National Competition for the Creation of Innovative Companies and Technologies (CNCE).
Created in 1999, each year CNCE awards the most innovative projects after a rigorous selection process based on criteria of excellence.
For this event, Paca-Est incubator supported the candidacy of 18 projects. Out of the 12 winners from the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region, 7 were supported by Paca-Est incubator.
Winners from Paca-Est incubator
Acute 3D – Creation-Development Project - Joined the incubator in December 2010
Selling software components for automatic 3D modelling of the real world
Acute 3D’s creation originates from a high-resolution 3D photogrammetry. This provides automatic 3D modelling from photographs, as a result of research conducted by Renaud Keriven and Jean-Philippe Pons at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and the French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building.
In comparison to manual 3D modelling and 3D scanning, this technology reduces costs, saves time and offers greater flexibility due to the absence of human intervention and the need to acquire specific equipment. This technology will also change radically the creation of 3D content in sectors such as construction and development, manufacturing, recreation and heritage.
Solidages - Creation-Development Project - Joined the incubator in March 2009
Oratis Project: development of a medicine for dry mouth
The Oratis project is managed by Solidages, a hospital-university start-up. Dry mouth is often the result of taking medicine and provokes discomfort, pain, infections and malnutrition. It affects the elderly and polymedicated patients (depression, addictions, cancer, aids, hepatitis, etc.), i.e. 1.5 million people in France.
It was found that the biofilm which covers the inside of the mouth, acts like a semi-permeable membrane. In the case of dry mouth, water and saliva "glide over" it, without rehydrating it.
The innovation consists of stimulating the small minor salivary glands in contact with the internal side of the biofilm via a medicine combining pilocarpine and yohimbine. This local treatment using lozenges enables micro-dosing, and requires an abridged marketing authorisation (MA).
CNCE's objective is to finance the formulation of lozenges, a clinical study and the MA application for this new medicine.
Aquabiomass - Emerging Project - Joined the incubator in April 2001
A project to grow several strains of microalgae and cyanobacteria for the development of a new food in aquaculture.
With a growing global population and the depletion of natural fish stocks, aquaculture appears to be the solution to supplying aquatic proteins. While aquaculture is today developing at a steady pace, at the same time demands for fish meal are also increasing.
Each year, 17 million tonnes of fish are transformed into meal to feed our farm animals, depopulating the oceans.Solutions are consequently needed to replace this fish meal. The use of microalgae in granular form is certainly the best possible path towards developing sustainable aquaculture. These non-polluting organisms that are easy to cultivate, offer good yields and have no impact on marine biodiversity, have all the necessary qualities. By cultivating several stains of microalgae, it is thus possible to meet the dietary requirements of fish throughout the breeding cycle.
NeuroDiff - Emerging Project - Incubator applicant
Diagnosis and monitoring of brain pathologies through diffusion tensor imaging
The aim of this project is to produce image analysis software using diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging. This recent multidimensional imaging method is richer but also more difficult to interpret than regular medical images. Our software, based on patented technology, enables you to exploit this information to visualise and analyse the degradation of fibre bundles in the brain's white matter. The three main applications of these tools are:
- the 3D analysis of the distribution of white fibre bundles around brain tumours;
- the quantitative analysis and monitoring of white matter after a head injury or stoke;
- a tool for measuring and monitoring mild neurocognitive impairments.
Ecoat - Emerging Project - Joined the incubator in November 2010
An innovative company that manufactures bio-sourced components for emulsion paints
Our core mission will be to create, develop, manufacture and market a new generation of plant-based bio-sourced binders. To achieve this, the company:
- will completely fund its research into "green" binders, which will be developed by its research team in collaboration with universities. A patented innovation involving an alkyd cross-linking mechanism that will enable the elimination of heavy metal salts, to improve drying and yellowing performances;
- will undertake the entire production of its binders thanks to its industrial partners. A new alkyd resin emulsification procedure will be used, away from its production, thus reducing the carbon footprint of the logistics chain;
- will, thanks to its development team, supply a support for formulating binders in paints.
This step will be carried out in partnership with customers, who will also be able to create innovative new products.
Knee Guard - Emerging Project - Joint the incubator in October 2010
Knee and leg protection for skiers
The consequences of skiing injuries are debilitating and significantly increase the risk of early osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Furthermore, they can put a definitive end to a professional skier's career. It's worth remembering that each year in France, 17,000 skiers sprain their knee (primarily injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament), representing an estimated cost to France's social security system of 300 M€ per annum.
The objective of this project is to deliver a device that will reduce the risk of torn knee ligaments and fractured tibia, while not inhibiting the skier's freedom of movement.
Easy CFD - Emerging Project - Incubator applicant
Developing a CFD tool
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) is fast developing and flow modelling tools for airplanes, boats and cars are being used more and more as they are precise and robust, but they require specialised users.
Easy CFD proposes to develop CFD tools that will make CFD accessible to non-specialists and to steamline and speed up its repetitive processes. The proposed solutions will be tools for the automation of repetitive and specific tasks, drawing on the expertise of the tools rather than the users.
On 28th June, the results of the 13th French National Competition for the Creation of Innovative Companies and Technologies (CNCE) were officially announced by Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Research.
Created in 1999 under the law on innovation and research, the Competition has supported the creation of roughly 1,300 companies.
A key component in the support structure for innovation, its objective is to detect, highlight and develop start-up projects founded on innovative technologies. The best out of these projects receive financial assistance and adapted support.
- "emerging" projects that still need a period of maturation and technical, economic and legal validation, can benefit from a grant of up to 45,000 € to finance the necessary services to develop the project.
- "creation-development" projects are based on a proven concept which have or will result in the creation of a company in the short term. Winning companies can benefit from a grant of up to 450,000€ to finance part of their innovation program.