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The creation of a technology company is an excellent way to convert research results into innovative economic activities.

Since 1998, Inria - Grenoble-Rhône-Alpes has created more than 20 start-ups in various fields of application: from communication infrastructure management to at-home personal assistance as well as 3D cinema and road traffic management.

Support in the creation of a business mainly involves projects resulting from the technologies developed at Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes. However, Inria is open to external owners of projects involving information and communication technologies.

4D View Solutions

Creation:  November 2007
Inria project team involved:  PERCEPTION
Incubator: GRAIN

4D View Solutions markets a 3D modelling system of dynamic real scenes. This is a system which computes, in real time or delayed, a 3D representation of a scene filmed with several cameras.
The field of activity is the production of 3D content and especially the following fields of activity:

  • cinema/advertising for special effects,
  • 3D television for the creation of 3D films,
  • industrial production for operation control,
  • sports for sports analysis.


Digital Anatomy for Personalized Healthcare
Creation : 2015
Inria project team involved  : IMAGINE
Support: IT-Translation

ANATOSCOPE proposes a breakthrough software solution for healthcare professionals to build and simulate 3D digital avatars based on medical imaging, with the same biomechanical properties as real people. Avatars can be used to model musculo-skeletal and dental pathologies, to perform virtual tests of treatments before applying them to the real patients, and to design medical devices such as orthoses and prostheses.


System requirements validation
 Creation : 2013
Inria project team involved  : SPADES
Support: IT-Translation

ARGOSIM provides software tools for the validation of real-time functional safety systems, from requirements engineering
to automatic test-case generation. STIMULUS modeling and simulation tool helps developers create specifications that
are correct at the specification stage. STIMULUS improves requirements quality and minimizes iterations within the
development process.


Publisher of decision-making software, creator of the GeoIntelligence concept
Creation:  February 1999
Inria project team involved:  IS2

ASTEROP markets a tool for managing and optimising strategies of points of sale networks, a decision-making tool. This technology is adaptable to all standard Information Systems (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, etc.).
In particular, it opens up a vast field of applications with a strategic or operational dimension regarding modelling of catchment areas, modelling of parameters explaining the activity, estimation of consumption potentials or potential theories of sale, optimisation of merchandising strategies, communication, or development.
Asterop works mainly with the retail, mass consumption, banking, insurance, automotive and services sectors.


Automated production line design and validation
Creation:  June 2000
Inria project team involved:  BIP, SED department
Incubator:  Inria Transfert

Athys publishes design assistance software (programming, validation, and simulation) for the design of automated cells in the manufacturing industry, particularly automotive, with the CellControl software.
This software, distributed by DELMIA (subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes), permits prior knowledge of the operating modes of the various parts of the machine and thus production rates, resulting in saved time for companies.
It is the first software capable of designing automation in a 3D environment from a formal language.

Athys was taken over by Dassault Systèmes.

Blue Eye Video

Monitoring of human activities
Creation:  May 2003
Inria project team involved:  PRIMA
Incubator:  GRAIN

Blue Eye Video is a specialist in video-surveillance software for the analysis of road traffic or human flows. The applications developed aim to automate the detection of behaviours by isolating the moving elements of an image.
Blue Eye Video promotes the security of people and property in the field of transport, train stations and airports as well as in the private and public sectors.

Coyote Software

Design and development of video games
Creation:  2005
Inria project team involved:  ARTIS, EVASION
Incubator:  GRAIN

Created by five video game enthusiasts, Coyote Software was a video game design and development studio. Original multi-player, interactive PC games. The technology was based on a middleware approach favouring the reuse, contribution of content, and integration of innovative techniques.
Coyote Software was positioned as an innovator on the digital entertainment market. It suspended its activities in May 2007.


Training of dextral movement in dental surgery
Creation:  2002
Inria project team involved: ARTIS
Incubator:  GRAIN

Digisens is a business developing cutting-edge technology intended for training in dental medicine. The software permits the 3D representation of anatomical structures (real-time erection and exploration of objects scanned through microtomography) and their manipulation.
In addition, Digisens masters stereoscopic technology for the 3D viewing and the mechanical force feedback for dextral movement training.


Logistical flow management
Creation:  2001
Inria project team involved:  EXMO

Fluxmedia offers an XML development environment. Fluxmedia's activity is organised around three business lines: strategic and organisational management, information sharing, and logistical management.
The company develops Transmorpher, a software program making it possible to define and execute transformations developed from XML documents and for applications for information-sharing and logistical management in businesses.
Fluxmedia suspended its activities in December 2002.


Bioinformatics solutions
Creation:  August 2004
Inria project team involved:  HELIX, and then IBIS

Genostar provides bioinformatics solutions for annotation and comparative analysis of genomes, proteomes and microbial metabolomes (virus, bacteria, yeast,…). The software Metabolic Pathway Builder integrates a wide range of analytical methods and enables visualization, evaluation and export of annotation and comparative analysis. The newly analyzed genomes can be connected and integrated with the complete genomic, proteic, and biochemical data, enriching your database for later analysis.


Creation : July 2011
Inria project team involved : D-NET

Large scale wireless sensing based on multi-hop communication architecture .

HiKoB designs and sells wireless sensing systems which allow a centralized physical data and ressources exploitation. HiKoB relies on a state-of-the-art smart wireless sensor network technology developed at Inria, INSA Lyon and ENS Lyon.


Smart windows: a new space for expression
Creation : October 2008
Inria project team involved : PRIMA
Incubator : GRAIN

Hilabs, "Human Interaction Laboratories", was a vertical innovation agency specialising in interaction technologies. It designed, developed, and sold products and systems that increase the accessibility of digital services. Based on human-computer interaction, a group of passionate and creative experts from the PRIMA research team (a joint team with Inria, CNRS, Grenoble INP, UJF and UPMF) developed cutting-edge high-performance technology, combining computer sciences and social sciences.

Since may 2011, the company has no longer existed.


Software and services for cluster computing
Creation:  January 2004
Inria project team involved:  APACHE
Incubator:  GRAIN

Icatis was a company specialising in IT administration (workstations, servers and computing centres) based on the Windows and Linux technologies. It offered services to companies and public bodies with regard to the operation of computing resources (management of computing equipment, high-performance calculation and optimisation of distributed IT resources).
Thanks to the ComputeMode software suite, Icatis offered its customers customised solutions for the management and development of their fleet.
Since 2009, the company has no longer existed.

Institut Coherence Wanager

A virtual device for remote team management
Creation : 2007

Wanager is a virtual space for remote team management that takes into account the development of a new form of management: community management. It makes it possible to manage a working community, a project group, company correspondents or other people who have a shared mission, whether or not they are situated in the same geographical area.
Wanager is intended for all business types, regardless of their business sector, i.e. those leading projects involving between 10 and 50 members.


Engineering, technical studies
Creation: February 2010
Inria project team involved: NECS

Karrus is a company offering an integrated tool for sizing and managing roadway infrastructures, particularly urban motorways and major roads. This software uses a macroscopic model supplied with field data and makes it possible to handle large infrastructures. It is accompanied by a dedicated, versatile optimisation model adapted to a broad class of problems encountered in traffic engineering. 


Online buying guide
Creation:  1999
Inria project team involved:  SIRAC, VASY
Incubator:  Inria Transfert

From the joint work on the mediation of information between Bull and Inria, Kelkoo has evolved in the e-commerce sector. It is called a "Shopping engine". The company offers Internet users an intuitive technology of intelligent agents for collection and updating of information in order to be able to compare the offers (availability, lead times, services, etc.) and prices of products and services on sale online.

Kelkoo has been taken over by the world leader, Yahoo.


Technological solutions for visual searches
Creation : June 2010
Inria project team involved : RESO
Incubator : CREALYS

Lyatiss develops and markets software and services for virtualisation and optimisation of infrastructures for processing and transmission of information.

Lyatiss offers a generalised virtualisation platform, based on cloud computing, permitting the use of the memory and computing capacities of computers and servers distributed throughout the world, linked through the Internet. This solution allows its users to optimise the movements of data and have considerable, flexible computing power at their disposal. The company stemmed from the RESO project team's research.


Technological solutions for visual searches
Creation : August 2007
Inria project team involved : LEAR 
Incubator : GRAIN 
Milpix is developing and marketing a visual search engine for companies having enormous amounts of digital images, such as: the police, photo agencies, Web content hosts, and even the production industries, etc.
The company uses a truly unique technology, which serves as the basis for all developments in the automatic analysis or processing of images. Milpix has acquired unique know-how in relation to this technology and works in continuous collaboration with Inria's researchers in order to remain the technological leader in this field.

Novadis Services

Cognitive engineering
Creation:  1998
Inria project team involved:  AIRELLE
Incubator:  Inria Transfert

Novadis Services has developed an analysis tool, "eyetracking", making it possible, by identifying the ocular movements of an internet user browsing a web page, to highlight the processes by which the user accesses the semantic contents of the page, text or images.Used by internet portals and web marketing companies, eyetracking makes it possible to test various formatting solutions in order to optimise the viewing of web pages. In 2000, the Grenoble company teamed up with Amoweba, a specialist in artificial intelligence.


Automatic neuroimaging solutions
Création : 2015
Inria project team involved  : MISTIS
Support : Linksium, IT-Translation

Pixyl has developed a new software solution for medical research designed to extract the maximum amount of information contained in MRI brain scans (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). This solution specifically locates, identifies and quantifies, from MRI sequences, a broad range of brain lesions related to pathologies such as multiple sclerosis, brain trauma, cerebrovascular accidents and brain tumours.


Verification of critical embedded software
Creation:  1999
Incubator:  Inria Transfert

Polyspace is a specialist in the development and marketing of environments for testing and validation of software (detection of errors present in embedded software). Adapted to the languages C, C++, and Ada, the tool is mainly used in the automotive, aeronautics, energy and defence sectors.
The company was taken over in 2008 by MathWorks.


Applications of Bayesian inference
Creation:  2003
Inria project team involved:  E-MOTION
Incubator:  GRAIN

Probayes is a company specialising in the field of Bayesian networks and probabilistic computer programming.
It offers companies valuable assistance in decision-making, based on indefinite or incomplete data, through its software ProBT (exclusive integral probabilistic computing software). ProbaYes has been acquired by La Poste group in 2016.


Analysis of financial risks, portfolio optimisation
Creation:  2001
Inria project team involved:  NUMOPT

RaisePartner publishes software components intended for quantitative analysis in the field of finance. Its products, NORM Asset Management and NORM Technology, allow finance professionals to precisely assess the risks related to investment strategies.


Middleware for distributed Web applications
Creation:  2002
Inria project team involved:  SIRAC
Incubator:  GRAIN

Scalagent Distributed Technologies is a company specialising in the publishing of mediation solutions in the sectors of telecoms, energy and industry. Mediation corresponds to the collection, processing and transformation of usage data from equipment and services accessible online.
The technology developed allows companies to reduce the costs of network infrastructures and obtain information constituting untapped sources of new revenue generation.


Consulting in computing systems and software
Creation:  March 2010
Inria project team involved:  GRAAL

SysFera-DS is the enterprise version of DIET, middleware that, for years, has offered modular solutions in order to facilitate the porting of applications on computing grids. With the objective of supplying access to a set of distributed and heterogeneous computing resources (both in the hardware architecture and in the type of access through various batch schedulers). The emergence of cloud computing platforms offers SysFera-DS users the power of elastic computing. 


Home monitoring solutions for the elderly
Creation:  June 2007
Inria project team involved:  PRIMA
Incubator: GRAIN

Technosens combines social sciences (sociology, psychology, neurology, etc.) with computer sciences to design, develop, manufacture and market equipment and technological options to help people seeking greater autonomy. Technosens is finalising the development of e-lio, a communication and presence device and companion. It is based on a patent to which a PRIMA project team technology is added.

The communication system developed, E-lio, makes it possible to establish an audio and/or video relationship between dependent people and their loved ones and thereby re-establish the social link and fight isolation.
This technological innovation is easy to use and is adapted to the needs and the environment of dependent people.


High performance computing
Creation: January 2014
Inria project teams involved: COMPSYS, ARIC
Incubator : CREALYS

XtremLogic develops high performance computing using libraries accelerated through integrated reconfigurable FPGAs. With low energy consumption, the acceleration system developed by XtremLogic replaces dozens of processors. It integrates with all existing computing systems, including supercomputers.

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