France Tech Insight - June 2014

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the June issue of France Tech Insight. This month is special, as it marks the 70th anniversary of the storming of Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944. The French and the Americans alike commemorate this day in honor of those who risked or lost their lives on that fateful day.

"The French Will Never Forget" association launched a campaign to deliver one million rose petals to the Statue of Liberty on June 6, 2014 on behalf of France, as well as an online signature campaign to gather names and messages from French citizens thanking the Americans for their actions on D-Day. Read more here

We at the Office for Science and Technology of the French Consulate commend these efforts to strengthen the relationship between France and the United States so that we may continue to work together in the science and innovation sector. Our exciting upcoming events and programs aim to do just that. We hope you enjoy!

In This Issue:

Our Programs:

- Young Entrepreneurs Initiative: Learn about the 2014 edition of the Young Entrepreneurs Initiative program, an accelerator to send young American companies to France. Apply by July 31st.
- NETVA laureates: Discover the 2014 NETVA laureates, French startups invited to visit the United States for an immersion week in Boston, San Francisco, or Washington, DC. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the NETVA seminar in Paris on June 30th!
- French-American Innovation Day: Find out how to apply to be the co-organizing and co-financing partner of the 2014 French-American Innovation Day. Apply by June 20th.


- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Science and Research

Upcoming Events:

- Science Shaping Our World-SHOW (Thursday, June 19th) - Science Shaping Our World-SHOW is an ongoing seminar and networking series that highlights cutting edge translational life science research and development. June’s SHOW will focus on asking the question: how can life science innovation change the world? As our markets become ever more global, and unmet healthcare continues to grow, how can we leverage local innovation, happening here and abroad, towards creating global solutions?
- Accelerating EU-US Business Collaboration in Health/e-Health. Research & Innovation: Opportunities, Barriers and Best Practices (Friday, June 20th) - Learn about funding and partnership opportunities under Horizon 2020, the largest European research and innovation program to date with an approximate budget of €80 billion over the next seven years. This program is FULLY OPEN to the US and other nations.
- Café des Sciences N 65 (Tuesday, July 1st) - Disruptive innovative anticancer therapies presented by Dr. Jean-Pierre Armand, senior oncologist from Gustave Roussy.
- 2nd Annual Cleantech Battle of the Bands (Tuesday, July 8th) - Join NECEC and EnerNOC for the 2nd Annual Cleantech Battle of the Bands!

Grants, Scholarships & Awards:

- Prix de la Fondation de l’oeil 2014
- Prize for Innovative Technologies for the Environment

Employment Opportunities:

- Strasbourg
- Nancy
- Paris

Application deadline: July 31st


GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN FRANCE by leveraging transatlantic resources and partnerships! The Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (YEI) program is now accepting applications!

The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi), started in 2006 and organized by The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US, is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. It provides an intensive training in Boston and Paris and a one week immersion in France that will allow laureates to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

Why France?

The fiercely competitive global technology market is a challenge to any entrepreneur, and the key to success is being able to internationalize your vision and activities at an early stage. France’s Young Entrepreneurs Initiative can help you achieve your goal through a free, personalized, one-stop service.

France is evolving quickly and now offers significant advantages to innovators and entrepreneurs:
- World class R&D labs and business hubs ready to partner with technology ventures
- Highly skilled workforce - labor costs 20%-50% lower than in the US
- Fertile, productive business environment - advantages and benefits for startups
- Access to European R&D partners projects, funding and markets

US-based entrepreneurs selected to participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Initiative will benefit from mentoring, funding and a networking program to help them study the feasibility of setting up their venture in France, the stepping stone to Europe.

What do we offer?

The Office for Science & Technology of the French Embassy, in partnership with the Invest in France Agency, is delighted to offer to the 2014 YEi Laureates a free week immersion stay in France including training, connections and mentoring. This immersion week will be located in the Paris area and in one French region whose innovative ecosystem best fits the needs of each laureate.

This immersion week will include:
- Travel and hotel expenses
- An intensive training in Paris on “how to do business in France”
- Personalized business connections in the stimulating Parisian ecosystem
- Personalized business connections in the ecosystem beyond Paris that best fits the needs of each laureate
- Intensive mentoring and coaching

Additional prizes to the YEi candidates
French incubators and Business Innovation Center (BIC) partners of YEi and members of the RETIS network will offer a one-week immersion stay in their facilities, providing coaching and mentoring to some of the candidates, chosen through a matchmaking process. French entities will publish a “soft-landing offer” describing the economic specificities of their territories and what they have to offer. In 2013, seven companies received these regional prizes.



NETVA 2014: Here Come the Laureates!

2014 NETVA Laureates Announcement: 15 French companies have been chosen to participate in this year’s NETVA Program

NETVA (NEw Technology Venture Accelerator) is a unique program of preparation and exposure to high-tech U.S. markets for young innovative French companies. NETVA responds to the need for international expansion faced by young French startups in high technology.

In 2014, 87 young innovative companies applied to a French national competition to participate in this year’s NETVA program. These candidates went through two selection processes to determine this year’s laureates, the first taking place in Paris, and the second, in one of the three NETVA cities in the United States: Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

The Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC locations of the French Embassy’s Office for Science and Technology in the United States will follow and accompany their respective laureates throughout their stay in the United States. Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC will each welcome five French companies, bringing the number of NETVA laureates to 15 in 2014.

The selected laureates will benefit from a cycle of preparation and exposure to the realities of the American high technology markets. The first phase consists of preparatory training and coaching, and will take place in Paris on June 30th at the headquarters of Microsoft France, a partner of the initiative. Each laureate will be paired with one or more American mentors to prepare them for their arrival to the United States, which could be in September or October of 2014, depending on which center is hosting them. In their week of intense immersion, the laureates will network with American academic and technological partners and will profit from an additional series of training workshops focused about how to approach and enter American markets.

The fifteen laureates for 2014 of the program are very promising French startups in various sectors of high technology:

Laureates invited to Boston:
- Adionics: Adionics develops a new technology to desalinate any salty water (included seawater) and to democratize access to desalination.
- Emosis: Emosis is focusing on the development and commercialization of an unparalleled in vitro diagnostic system, to routinely diagnose and assess hemostasis disorders.
- NAWATechnologies: NAWATechnologies develops and industrializes a new generation of ultra-capacitors.
- Surgimab: The goal of SurgiMab is to provide oncology surgeons with an intraoperative surgical assistance technique that will allow them to visualize infra-clinical size tumors invisible to their naked eyes during surgery.
- Prodontis: PRODONTIS develops a connected medical device providing an automated tooth cleaning in order to treat periodontal disease.

Laureates invited to San Francisco:
- Agile Power : aPSI3D designs, manufactures and sales, addressing fast growth markets, an innovative generation of power die packaging, far more compact et less inductive.
- Anastom Surgical : Anastom Surgical designs and brings to the market a portfolio of innovative tubular suturing medical devices based on an exclusive technology, rendering this complex surgical gesture safe, fast and easy.
- Delairtech : Delair-Tech offers discrete, safe and reactive aerial observation solutions designed for the Oil & Gas industry and the utilities
- Klearia : Klearia develops innovative sensors based on Lab-On-A-Chip for real time monitoring traces of pollutants to optimize treatment in water
- Stilla Technologies : Stilla Technologies offers instruments for high resolution genetic analysis that allows researchers and clinicians to reveal life changing details in their samples.

Laureates invited to Washington DC:
- Amerigo Capital Analytics: Amerigo Capital Analytics provides innovative algorithms that allow institutional investors to value complex mortgage real-estate investment trusts and measure their fundamental risks.
- CreaWave : CreaWave delivers vocal messages and interfaces that perfectly imitate human voice.
- FlightWatching : FlightWatching created an innovative piece of web-based software that links with aircraft ACARS data which transform into animated schematics to track, troubleshoot or predict aircraft failures.
- Gaia Transparence: Gaia Transparence presents financial institutions with an open source platform for integrated trading, risk, and processing for financial products, natively offering transparency that achieves standardization and reduces costs through mutualization.
- Systheia: Systheia has developed innovative, reliable, and modular miniaturized imaging solutions for harsh environments, for applications in space and the nuclear industry.

If you are interested in attending the NETVA seminar on June 30th at the headquarters of Microsoft Paris, click here.

NETVA relies on the support of several partners in France including the network of French innovation RETIS, and Microsoft BizSpark. In total, fifteen partners from the United States and France support the NETVA program.

The NETVA program has benefited from the support of the offices of Marie Landel & Associates, Edenred USA, and the law offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.


Maxime Huynh - Deputy Scientific Attaché (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) - (+1) 617 832 4467


2014 French-American Innovation Day (FAID 2014)

For the organization of the 2014 edition of FAID, in partnership with the Service for Science and Technology (SS&T)

Object of the Appeal:
The Office for Science and Technology (Boston office) seeks to identify a co-organizing and co-financing partner for the 2014 edition of French-American Innovation Day.

The partner can be a company, an association, a research laboratory, a competitive cluster, etc. Preferably based in France, the partner must be able to propose a topic related to innovation (scientific and/or technological) and place this theme into a French-American context. The partner should be able to mobilize a network of world-renowned researchers and innovative businesses for its topic of interest and already have contacts available in the United States. It is also desired that the partner can mobilize industrial actors.

Application Deadline: June 20, 2014

Partner Selected: July 15

Date of French-American Innovation Day: End of November—Beginning of December 2014

Location: Boston Region (Massachusetts)

Theme: related to innovation, the theme will correspond to a force of the ecosystem in Boston (life science, information technology, transportation, energy, environment)

Contacts :

Jean-Jacques Yarmoff, Attaché for Science and Technology in Boston
+1 (617) 832-4464

Oscar Castanon, Deputy Science Attaché in Boston
+1 (617) 832-4468

For more information and to apply, please download the following document (in French):

PDF - 401 kb
(PDF - 401 kb)

Office for Science and Technology at the MassChallenge Finalist Announcement

On May 21st, 2014, MassChallenge announced 128 finalists for its 2014 Accelerator Program. These 128 startups were selected out of 1,600 applicants for their innovation in several sectors. MassChallenge welcomed its new partner, WGBH, at the event.

Finalists come from 11 countries and 17 states, and 30 are headquartered outside of the United States. The startups cover a wide array of sectors:

High Tech: 32%
Healthcare & Life Sciences: 29%
Social Impact: 17%
General Retail & Consumer Goods: 14%
Clean Tech & Energy: 8%
Click here to see the list of finalists

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

- France leads the way in Europe in Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list

Each year Thomson Reuters conducts a study to determine the most innovative countries in the world. France held the top position in Europe for 2013 with 12 companies making the list. These companies include Alcatel-Lucent, Arkemam, CEA, CNRS, EADS, IFP Energies Nouvelles, L’Oreal, Michelin, Safran, Saint-Gobain,Thales, and Valeo. [Read more]

- Massachusetts Governor Patrick To Talk Innovation in Israel & UAE

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is taking a carefully selected group of business and technology leaders from Boston on a trip to Israel and the United Arab Emirates next week, for the purpose of discussing Boston’s record of tech innovation and its role in economic development and job creation. The prestigious high-tech leaders participating in the mission will include Cambridge Innovation Center’s Tim Rowe, MIT Media Lab cofounder Nicholas Negroponte and Digitas Boston-Detroit President Barbara Goose. [Read More]

- Giroptic hits it big on Kickstarter with their Full HD 360? 3D Camera

A kickstarter project out of Lille, France is getting quite the attention, having already doubled their $150,000 campaign goal in the first days since its creation. Giroptic, which presents itself as the first full HD 360? camera, is shaped like an egg and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, though it is meant for hands-free use, like the GoPro. [Read More]

- With State Funding Proposal, Coworking Continues to Grow in Mass.

Coworking spaces, where companies or individuals can pay a fee to use a shared workspace, are on the rise in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick has created a plan to help these spaces grow across the state by establishing a fund to be distributed to coworking space owners or operators to launch their workspaces in areas deemed to have economic potential. [Read More]

Science & Research

- Report on International Cooperation Under the 7th P.C.R.D.T.

A report dedicated to international cooperation in the domain of research and innovation was published by the European Commission. This report relates to the interaction of member countries and associates of the European Union with third parties, in the context of the 7th Framework Program of Research and Technological Development (P.C.R.D.T.) The document offers an analysis of the global approach of the international strategy, strategies of implementation, as well as tools made available to the teams involved. [Read more]

- ERA-MIN: Call for Projects on the Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials in Europe

ERA-MIN aims to coordinate research programs in the field of industrial production and of the provision of non-energetic raw materials in the framework of the European Union “Raw Materials" initiative.

Deadline to submit applications: June 17

More information here

Science Shaping Our World-SHOW: Life Science Trending Around the Globe—Making Local Innovations Go Global

Thursday, June 19th

Thursday, June 19th
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Merck Research Laboratories
33 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Science Shaping Our World-SHOW is an ongoing seminar and networking series that highlights cutting edge translational life science research and development. Our mission is to bring together a multidisciplinary audience spanning academia and industry providing exposure and insight into the life science advancements changing our world.

June’s SHOW will focus on asking the question: how can life science innovation change the world? As our markets become ever more global, and unmet healthcare continues to grow, how can we leverage local innovation, happening here and abroad, towards creating global solutions?

Our case study presenter will begin the evening with a brief introduction into life science innovation as seen through the lens of Europe. Following the case presentation our panel of thought leaders will share their thoughts in an interactive audience experience how can leverage local innovation in a worldwide market.

Please join us for an amazing evening of science, innovation, and networking. Event registration is required with event sign-in beginning at 5:30 PM. Presentation and discussion will follow from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Further, you are encouraged to bring your business cards, and enthusiasm, for an evening of networking following the presentation from 8:00-9:00 PM. Light food and refreshments will be provided.

Registration required

Accelerating EU-US Business Collaboration in Health/e-Health. Research & Innovation: Opportunities, Barriers and Best Practices

Friday, June 20th

Friday, June 20th
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Atlantic Wharf, Waterfront District
Fort Point Room, 2nd Floor
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Benefits and goals of the workshop include:
- Learn about funding and partnership opportunities under Horizon 2020, the largest European research and innovation program to date with an approximate budget of €80 billion over the next seven years. This program is FULLY OPEN to the US and other nations.
- Contribute your expertise in focused discussions on transatlantic collaboration in the areas of research, technological development, and innovation (RTDI) with researchers, business executives, and innovators.
- Hear from practioners in EU-funded programs detail their success and challenges.
- Gain insights on key drivers for health/e-health innovation and promising areas for transatlantic cooperation.

Click here to register and view the FULL agenda.

The workshop is free, however registration is mandatory. Deadline to register is Friday, June 13.

The workshop is organized as an activity of BILAT USA 2.0, a project funded by the European Commission under FP7 (GA No. 312081). BILAT USA 2.0 aims to enhance Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) collaboration between the EU and the US.

Contact: Lynn Van Fleit - Founder & Executive Director
Diplomacy Matters Institute

Café des Sciences N 65

Tuesday, July 1st

Tuesday, July 1st
6:00 PM- 8.30 PM

CIC, Havana Room, 5th floor
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Disruptive innovative anticancer therapies presented by Dr. Jean-Pierre Armand

New R&D initiatives often called as “open innovation” are emerging to bring medicines to patients faster by facilitating public- and private-sector partnerships and collaborations, to solve common challenges encountered during the discovery and the drug development process.

Gustave Roussy strongly believe that disruptive innovative anticancer therapies will come more and more from small biotechs, and that Phase I unit in academic institutions have an active role to play in the field. Biotechs and Phase I experts should interact together and initiate collaborations, well before Phase I trials, to accelerate the development of disruptive innovations and boost their chance of success.

Jean-Pierre Armand, senior oncologist from Gustave Roussy, expert in very early drug development in phase I and II, will present how phase I units could play a major role for biotechs’ drug development in oncology by making an investigational targeted agent highly valuable. Some illustrative “win-win” partnerships to develop new targeted anticancer therapies could be presented during the session.

Gustave Roussy, based near Paris, France, is one of the biggest European comprehensive cancer center. According to its Director, Lex Eggermont, it must be a front-line player in early innovative cancer drug development at an international level.

Today it is already the 1st European cancer center for early clinical trials with 524 patients and 57 trials in phase I in 2013.

In 2013, he received the nomination of Chevalier of Legion of honor of French government.

2nd Annual Cleantech Battle of the Bands

Tuesday, July 8th

Tuesday, July 8th
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210

Join NECEC and EnerNOC for the 2nd Annual Cleantech Battle of the Bands!

21+ only

Space is limited! Please reserve tickets only if you plan to attend

- Bands - see below to apply to perform
- Each band gets to perform 3 songs
- Crowd chooses winner (applausometer)
- Single song tie-breaker if necessary between two top bands

Registration required

Prix de la Fondation de l’oeil 2014

This prize, awarded by the Foundation of France, aims to reward the works of original or innovative research in the field of ophthalmology or vision sciences.
Deadline to submit applications: July 10

More information here

Prize for Innovative Technologies for the Environment

This prize, awarded by ADEME, rewards public research laboratories that offer works able to be the subject of applications or industrial developments in the short or medium term. The prize will be given December 2nd, 2014 at Pollutec.
Deadline to submit applications: July 16

More information here

Open positions at Inserm U1110, University of Strasbourg


Inserm U1110 is looking for a Junior group leader, a post-doc and a Bioinformatician. These positions are funded by LabEx HepSys, EU FP7, Infect ERA and ARC. Click here for more information.

Administrative and Scientific Assistant; Biostatistician at Brabois Hospital


The Center for Clinical Investigation at Brabois Hospital (Nancy) is hiring an administrative and scientific assistant and a biostatistician for the European Projects
- Administrative and Scientific Assistant (Temporary contract for one year, eventually renewable. Position available as soon as possible)
- Biostatistician (Temporary contract for one year, eventually renewable. Position available as soon as possible)


Head of Scientific Communication at the Institute for the Brain and Spinal Cord


The Institute for the Brain and Spinal Cord, directed by A. Brice in Paris, is hiring a Head of Scientific Communication.

Tasks: He or she implements the actions of internal and external scientific communication to diverse audiences, consistent with the overall strategy for the management of the Institute and its communication plan.


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