Health, Medical Devices

Medical devices : « Medium companies are today’s France real champions »

Vimla Hunt - 22-juil.-2015 17:32:57

The field of technical innovation for medical devices in France is made of hundreds of startup, small and medium companies. But not big ones yet. « Medium companies are today’s France real champions (like Vygon), and we also have very innovative small companies (like Eos Imaging or Mauna Kea Technologies)», tells Florent Surugue, SMEs and economic development manager at Snitem in this interview with Business France Radio. Founded in 1987, Snitem is the first professional organisation representing the French medical devices and technological innovation market, carrying between 85 and 100% of the market in terms of turnover, bringing all together more than 375 companies, defending their interests on the market and helping them develop abroad. « This market is mostly made of small and medium companies (89% of companies are under 250 people within the members of Snitem) », as Florent Surugue recalls in this interview. And his dream is to see these startups grow into small then medium than large businesses. How could they do that? French companies’ main assets are their capacity «to develop very innovative products » and Florent Surugue is convinced that they « have the ability to show that they can create a strong value » to the French and global market. But according to him, the French market is very hard to enter right now due to strong barriers in terms of market access and these startups should start looking for a development abroad very soon in their development process. Further information : SNITEM French companies on You Buy France, sector of Health and medical device

Medtech Start-Ups: French Company Develops Tricorder-Like Blood Analyzer

Vimla Hunt - 16-févr.-2015 15:42:43

A French start-up has designed a hand-held spectroscopy device to carry out about fifteen common blood tests. The analyzer will cost less than € 600. “Our idea is to avoid using reagents to examine the composition of blood,” explains Mejdi Nciri, Archimej Technologys CEO. The start-up, founded with two other engineering graduates of the Institute of Optics Graduate School in Essonne (France), measures the quantity of chemicals checked for in the blood by studying light beamed through it. No less than four patents have been registered on the Spectroscopy 2.0 optical technology. This invention comprises two separate light sources emitting different wavelength light beams, a suitable detector (that collects light beams transmitted through blood samples), a signal processor (that determines wavelength absorption), and a spectral multiplex unit consisting of a bi-concave lens and optical prism. By absorbing the various spectral components of light beams, this device, called Beta-BioLED, can determine the chemical composition of blood samples. The device in the size of a mobile phone, calculates cholesterol and sugar levels, as well as creatinine and albumin levels for renal pathologies and the main cardiac markers. In other words, it can carry out about fifteen of the most common blood tests. This equipment is very easy to use. “All you have to do is put a drop of blood on a test strip inserted into the device. Once the real-time analysis is completed, the results display on a tablet or connected smartphone,” explains Francisco Vega, Archimej Technologys chief financial officer. Archimej Technology is at the heart of France’s Opticsvalley network and has received many trophies and awards: the Altran Foundation Award (2012); the Île-de-France region’s Business Creation Competition (2013); and Essonne Chamber of Commerce and Industrys Hope of the Economy Trophy (2014). Archimej Technology intends to market its hand-held analyzer for less than €600. “Were not competing with conventional analysis laboratories, which carry out up to 80 different tests. Our technology is complementary. It costs €15-20 to do this many blood tests in a laboratory. We expect to offer the same service 20 times cheaper,” says Camille Pat, Archimej Technologys marketing manager. Archimej Technology is initially targeting healthcare professionals working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in developing countries, which lack medical infrastructures. It plans to extend onto the general public market by using the same business model as glucose monitors sold directly to diabetics. The first version of Beta-BioLED should be on the market by 2016. A big push on R&D is still needed to achieve this. Archimej Technology intends to raise 3 million euros to speed up this development.

The French healthcare system

Vimla Hunt - 17-nov.-2014 16:48:51

All international studies rank the French healthcare system among the top systems in the world in terms of results. Although its origins go back to the Middle Ages, the modern French health system is inextricably linked to the social security system, and more specifically to the health insurance system. In reality, the healthcare system began to develop in 1945 and has expanded more rapidly since the 1960s, thanks to the enactment of a number of major reforms. Today, this very close bond between the health system and the welfare system enables almost everyone in France to enjoy access to quality local healthcare services. The French system is also one of the most generous in terms of coverage, which makes it a model that is often envied, although its cost amounts to a large share of gross domestic product (11%). One of the main characteristics of the French health system is the fact that it has expanded while preserving the freedom of choice enjoyed by patients and the different parties involved. As a result, healthcare facilities include public hospitals and private clinics. Patients are free to choose their general practitioner and their healthcare facility. Likewise, private doctors are free to set up their practice wherever they want, are paid on a per appointment basis and are free to prescribe as they see fit. The relationship between the health insurance system and healthcare professionals is regulated by conventions. The pragmatism of the French system - which combines social security coverage with a liberal approach - has enabled it to adapt to all the changes that have occurred over the past few decades and to acquire a high level of expertise. Although it does not claim to be exhaustive, the present brochure provides an overview of this unique system, which is currently bracing itself to meet new challenges.


VICENZOTTI Marine - 14-nov.-2014 09:59:55

MEDICA is the world’s largest international medical technology exhibition and congress. This year, the edition will take place from 12th to 15th November in Düsseldorf, Germany .     With more than 70 countries represented, world’s leading companies in the medical sector will exhibit innovative equipments, medicines and treatments, covering every area of the sector.   UBIFRANCE agency will gather in the French Pavilion a delegation of 168 companies over 6 thematic exhibition areas:   National and international joint participants, electromedicine, medical technology (Hall 17) Disposables, commodities and consumer goods, textiles (Hall 7a) Physiotherapy, orthopaedic equipment (Halls 4 et 5) Laboratory equipment, diagnostics (Hall 3) Compamed : a trade fair for the medical supplier industry and product development (Hall 8b)   Key figures for MEDICA 2013 :   More than 132,000 trade visitors from 120 countries across all continents 53 % from countries outside of Europe 4,618 exhibitors from all 66 countries Approximately 116,000 m2 of exhibition space  

A successful Trade Mission in the medical devices industry

Vimla Hunt - 09-oct.-2014 13:25:22

The two day trade mission in the medical devices industry organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE gathered three companies in Galway on the 1st and 2nd of October.  The Trade Mission opened on Wednesday with the visit of MEDTRONIC’s facility followed by a visit of MEDTEC Ireland Trade Show. The following day was dedicated to B to B meetings between French and Irish companies. Our partners on this event, Galway Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Europe Network, then joined the French delegation to visit NUI Galway. A meeting with Professor Rhodri Ceredig, Director of NCBES, was held to conclude a productive day.                                                                                                                                                                     This second export mission dedicated to the medical devices industry has been successful and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE was pleased to organise this event in a growing sector for both our countries.  


Marine Vicenzotti - 11-août-2014 18:28:27

MEET OUR FRENCH DELEGATION at MEDTEC IRELAND French companies will be travelling to Galway on a two day trade mission to discover the irish medical devices industry at the Medtec trade show and meet with Irish based companies. Organised by the trade section of the French Embassy, the mission will combine a visit of MEDTEC Ireland, on October 1 st and pre-booked individual meetings between French and Irish companies, on October 2 nd .   The companies: NIMESIS :   develops and manufactures medical devices for its customers using Nitinol and shape memory alloys. Their standard semi-finish products are self expanding braided stents and retrieval baskets.     WESTLAKE : specialised in the production of plastic parts for the orthopedic   industry, implants, instruments and containers. They have state-of-the-art computer numerical command machines and are also sole distributor in Europe of medical grade polymers made in the US .   MONT BLANC MEDICAL INDUSTRY :   MB-MI is a pool of companies’ experts in medical devices with a global offer for the manufacture of a complex assembly product: co-design, industrialization, surface treatments, biocompatible coatings, assembly, packaging, etc. Their offer includes precision engineering and machining, bio-materials and polymers, plastic injection.    Please contact us to book a meeting ! Marine.vicenzotti at +353 1 411 21 10      

The Healthcare and Medical Technology Industry in : Overview of a sector of excellence

Marine Vicenzotti - 28-mai-2014 16:45:47

A major force in the French economy The healthcare industry is a key partner for governments in anticipating and providing solutions geared towards protection, prevention, diagnostics, compensating for disabilities, treatment and improving the daily quality of life of health product users. It plays a critical role in public health, one of the principal challenges facing French society. The healthcare industry (much like the aerospace and luxury sectors) plays a crucial part in preserving France’s industrial base and represents a major comparative advantage for the French economy: it employs more than 200,000 people directly and over 500,000 indirectly, and continues to go from strength to strength. The relative importance of the sector within France’s industrial landscape is greater than in other European economies of a similar size. Source : Further information : About French companies > Medical device and Healthcare

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