A networking mindset and transdisciplinary collaboration across all local stakeholders make the Nantes healthcare sector a national or global leader in several specialties. Start-ups are continually being created in this sector, doubling in number in the last decade.
On the cutting edge in three fields
Biotherapeutics are a priority for economic development in Nantes Saint-Nazaire. Atlanpole Biotherapies, an interregional competitiveness cluster, brings together over 80 companies working in the life sciences and health. Some are European or world leaders in their respective fields, like Eurofins (bio-analysis) Valneva (vaccines against emerging infectious diseases) and Biomérieux. It brings together 51 laboratories and 42 technology platforms. The research focuses on three main themes: immunotherapy, radiopharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine.
A magnet hospital for transplants
Nantes University Hospital has a unit dedicated to heart and lung transplants, and ranks second in France for this specialty. It also has the Urology and Nephrology Transplant Institute, a leading European transplant centre for kidney and pancreas transplants. The Institute also formed the European Centre for Transplantation and Immunotherapy Sciences (CESTI), which holds some twenty patents and licenses.
The "Hospital of the Future" in a healthcare district
Nantes Hospital will be moving to the Ile de Nantes in 2023-2026, creating new opportunities for the sector. The project calls for a fully connected, high-tech hospital located at the heart of a university hospital campus, with 6,000 students and faculty, putting Nantes well on track to building the Hospital of the Future. The Nantes Biotech building, adjoining the new Health Research Institute (by 2020), is already home to biotechnology companies.
Creative Care Factory
Digisanté, Pulsio Santé, Mobidys, Atmotrack, Directosante, Wello, Team Officine, My Welper, Benevolt and Recipro-cite are among the dozen or so innovative companies in the field of health,well-being and better living that have taken up quarters in the Creative Care Factory at the headquarters of Harmonie Mutuelle, in the Creative Factory.