Start & UP!
Let’s take a closer look at Quantificare, an Inria spin-off looking to become a leader in skin imaging.
Jean-Philippe Thirion, CEO
Drawing on Inria research into image processing, Quantificare specialises in 3D skin imaging, offering 3D cameras and software enabling doctors to monitor their patients and to measure or simulate operations. The funds the company has recently raised will strengthen its position as a leader in the eyes of major sponsors in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors and allow the company to pursue its development across a number of continents.
Let’s take a look back at the story of this Inria spin-off, whose technology began life at the Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre
Interview with Jean-Philippe Thirion, founder and CEO of Quantificare
Could you tell us about your business?
We have developed two business units: one specialising in clinical studies, and the other in 3D systems for plastic surgeons and aesthetic dermatologists.
Our initial aim was to develop new types of medication using this imaging technology, but we ended up taking an unexpected turn and moving towards plastic surgery and aesthetic dermatology. When it came to developing products for specialists, we opted for 3D systems for plastic surgeons and aesthetic dermatologists.
As a result, our company has a wellbeing dimension and a health dimension - which remains prominent within the company.
How is Inria supporting you?
We very much appreciated Inria’s professionalism in the implementation of industrial transfer agreements, which really helped us get the company off the ground. We didn’t need support in terms of incubation, but this has become increasingly important at Inria and I feel it will be a considerable factor for all companies that have developed after us.
Do you intend to continue working with Inria?
We have just set up a Cifre grant with the Epione team run by Nicholas Ayache, and we are moving towards a second research phase at Inria that is of great interest to us: artificial intelligence applied to imaging. This offers a wide range of applications, whether it’s for clinical studies or in the support we provide to plastic surgeons and aesthetic dermatologists.