Inria start-ups at Viva Technology 2019
VivaTech has become an unmissable date on the calendar for start-ups and innovation. The 4th edition of the event is set to be held from 16 to 18 May 2019 at Porte de Versailles in Paris.
The 2018 edition brought together more than 100,000 visitors and 9,000 start-ups. There will be 1,500 exhibitor start-ups at this year’s event, including some from Inria.
Here, we take a closer look at Anatascope and Iexec, two start-ups that began life within the Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes centre.
From the world of research to the corporate world
Anatascope is a start-up that began life within the IMAGINE team (CNRS, Grenoble INP, Grenoble Alpes University).
François Faure, the company’s founding member and CEO, had always wanted to transfer the results of his research to the industrial sphere. He was also keen to take on a new challenge - to create his own company.
The adventure began back in 2013 following the critical success of Anatomy Transfer, technology which enabled the creation of full digital avatars ready for animation and simulation based on medical imaging.
François Faure, at the time a teacher-researcher, was supported with his project by the Transfer, Innovation and Partnerships Department at Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes and by IT-Translation, who helped to define his project and to structure the company.
Anatoscope was set up in 2015, with a 5-person team. They now have 40 people working for them, divided between Montpellier, the location of the company’s head office, and Grenoble.
Digital avatars and medical imaging
Anatoscope develop software for designing personalised solutions (braces and prosthetics) based on patients’ medical imaging. “We identified key openings in dentistry and orthopaedics, where we were able to form partnerships with manufacturers.
We develop computer-aided design software for these manufacturers, their deployment on the cloud and their use through web browsers. This enables our partners to offer practitioners web solutions for designing and manufacturing medical devices. On the same site, practitioners are able to submit images, devise treatments and order products”, explains François Faure.
Having been awarded the BPI I-Lab prize three years in a row, Anatoscope were also successful at the Netva competition in 2016. In 2019, the performance of their biomechanical simulations saw them recognised by a scientific article in the European Spine Journal.
The company is set to be presented at VivaTechnology on 16 May 2019, where they will present demonstrations of personalised simulations based on dental and orthopaedic imaging.
This will be an opportunity for the start-up to identify new fields of application.
Gilles Fedak, who previously worked as an Inria researcher as part of the Avalon team (a joint undertaking involving Inria, CNRS, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Université Lyon 1) also set off on his own entrepreneurial adventure.
In October 2016 he and Haiwu He founded iExec, a platform for sharing IT resources: applications, processing power and data sets. The start-up launched a cryptocurrency fundraiser on 19 April 2017 and were recently given one million euros’ worth of funding by the BPI to help them tailor their offer to companies.
Based in Lyon, iExec now has 25 employees on the payroll, with partners including Ubisoft, Intel, IBM Cloud, TF Cloud and Alibaba. iExec’s decentralised marketplace allows users to rent data sets without these ever being exposed.
iExec will be presented at VivaTech on 18 May, where they are set to announce the launch of iExec V3 (Corporate Edition) and to showcase their Data Wallet, a new product that enables data sets to be rented out while retaining ownership of them. They will also present the results of their collaborations, including one with ShanghaiTech University and Intel on the SLAM Robot Project.