Health: “The Bordeaux Care Lab aims to keep experiments in the territory”

LA TRIBUNE – Why did you set up this Bordeaux Care Lab?

Clemence Roy We had been looking for a while at Unitec to create a cohort of startups in the field of health and e-health to generate synergies between them and offer them more individualized and relevant support. This sector poses specific problems in terms of regulations, marketing authorization procedures and clinical trials. So many steps that require time and resources. The question of financing is therefore also special because it often involves very capital-intensive business projects over a long period of time. It is therefore necessary to approach specific funders. On all these aspects, it will be very useful to create a collective animation between the startups concerned even if the incubator is not installed in a dedicated physical place.

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How will relations be structured with the Bordeaux University Hospital and Allis-NA?

The general logic is to facilitate links between start-ups and the CHU via privileged access to practitioners and teams from the CHU’s Clinical Research and Innovation Department (DRCI). The Bordeaux Care Lab aims to keep the experiments on the local territory by facilitating relations with the teams of the CHU. A connected medical device requires clinical trials, artificial intelligence software needs health data, often sensitive, to be able to train their algorithms, we want these experiments to be carried out in Bordeaux or, thanks to the Allis-NA network , in health establishments in New Aquitaine, or even at national level if necessary.

The CHU has been interested in this question of innovation for a long time and wants to work actively on it to anticipate the developments of tomorrow. The Lab’s challenge is also to facilitate meetings between medical practitioners and start-ups as early as possible in the latter’s development process.

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What are the themes favored by Bordeaux Care Lab?

We have selected seven startups for this first cohort that fit into three thematic verticals. The first is what we call the digital hospital and which brings together digital tools for the hospital world like G5 Digital, which is developing a secure and interoperable software suite for hospital health professionals, or Sophi, care pathway optimization software.

There is also the connected medical device which brings together three projects: P’tit Bout de Lumière, which develops virtual reality glasses to facilitate dental care for children, the femtech Emagina, created by three women and an obstetrician doctor, which designs a connected inflatable vaginal balloon for pregnant women, and Myotact, a device dedicated to victims of limb amputation.

Finally, the last vertical targets artificial intelligence in the service of health. This is the case of Vulgaroo, a solution for producing simplified medical examination reports for patients, and Louise, a platform for health professionals supporting assisted reproduction and fertility pathways.

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