Ecosystem of excellence

Grenoble Alpes, a pioneer region in healthcare innovation

The Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region has the second highest number of healthcare technology sector companies in France. Within this region, the Grenoble Alpes ecosystem has a major, recognised impact in particular through the presence of almost 200 companies including 9 world leaders in the sector (Becton Dickinson, Roche Diagnostics France, Medtronic, BioMérieux, Johnson&Johnson, GE Healthcare, Fresenius Kabi, Stryker and Trixell) and more than 80 startups.

This rich manufacturing base is supplemented by world-renowned research centres which make Grenoble Alpes a centre of excellence in science and technology.
Today in Isère, healthcare technology development provides 36,700 jobs including more than 8,600 manufacturing jobs and 2,300 jobs in public research.



Grenoble Alpes is at the forefront of numerous applied healthcare technologies such as surgical robotics, imaging, sensors and biochips, implants and prostheses, e-health, biotechnologies...

In an ecosystem that facilitates close links between research, industry and the clinical world, these advanced technologies are applied to meet the needs of the patient care pathway: preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medicine and remote monitoring of patients.

The Grenoble Alpes region has unique assets in the field of healthcare technologies.

Biotech and pharmaceutical

Implants, microsystem
and protheses

IT solutions
for healthcare

In vitro

Drug delivery

Medical imaging and
robotics & surgical tools

A unique venue for the

Healthcare industry

The Grenoble Alpes region has unique assets in the field of healthcare technologies. The multidisciplinarity and the quality of the ecosystem make this innovative industry a pioneer of excellence in the sector.

Medytec is becoming an emblematic place that embodies the excellence of this sector and brings together private and public stakeholders under the same banner.

A rich


For over 70 years, the excellence of scientific research and training has led to the creation of a state-of-the-art industry which nurtures innovation in healthcare.
Discover the key elements below.

De 1951 à 2019
The establishment of institutes and research centres of excellence
De 1961 à 2012
Grenoble Alpes, terre d’accueil de grands scientifiques récompensée par 6 prix Nobel
Grenoble Alpes, home of great scientists, awarded 6 Nobel prizes
  • 1961 : Discovery of the Mössbauer effect
  • 1970 : Louis Néel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on magnetism
  • 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the Quantum Hall effect
  • 2003 : Roderick MacKinnon was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work concerning channels in cell membrane
  • 2009 : Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the study of the structure and function of the ribosome
  • 2012 Brian Kobilka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for revealing the workings of an important family of receptors: G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs). 
De 1989 à 2014
Other awards for scientific excellence
  • 1989 : Award of the Wolf prize for major contributions to the fundamental theory of solids, in particular the behaviour of electrons in metals
  • 2007 : J. Sifakis received the 2007 Turing prize, for his contribution to the efficient, reliable verification of embedded software and hardware.
  • 2008 : The Blue Planet prize is awarded to individuals who have made a major contribution to the understanding or protection of the environment
  • 2013 : P. Cinquin, pioneer in medical informatics, won the 2013 CNRS medal for innovation. He contributed to the invention of computer-assisted medical-surgical procedures.
  • 2014 : R. Yazami received the Draper prize, in recognition of his defining work in the development of rechargeable lithium batteries.
  • 2014 : Alim-Louis Benabid, neurosurgeon at CHU Grenoble Alpes, was recognised by Fondation Lasker for his innovative work on Parkinson’s Disease 
Grenoble Alpes, a land where high-tech industry is created and hosted
Invention de la seringue préremplie stérile
Invention of the SCF

Invention of the sterile pre-filled syringe (SCF)

Création et installation du 1er scanner à rayons X du corps entier au CHU Grenoble Alpes
The first whole body X-ray scanner

Creation and installation of the first whole body X-ray scanner at CHU Grenoble Alpes

mise au point de la stimulation cérébrale profonde dans la maladie de Parkinson
1st deep-brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s Disease
Premier robot chirurgical français développé pour la neurochirurgie stéréotaxique
First French surgical robot

First French surgical robot developed for stereotaxic neurosurgery

Développement de la 1ère biochip en France
Development of the first biochip in France
1ère opération chirurgicale du monde assistée par ordinateur utilisant les images du CT-scanner
The world’s 1st computer-assisted spine surgery

The world’s 1st computer-assisted spine surgery using CT-scan images

Fabrication du 1er détecteur de rayons X à écran plat pour la radiographie numérique
1st X-ray flat planel detector

Manufacturing of the 1st X-ray flat planel detector for digital radiography

Prix Nobel pour avoir montré la structure et le fonctionnement des ribosomes au synchrotron – ESRF
Nobel prize

Nobel prize for the study of ribosome structure and function at the ESRF synchrotron

Première vertébroplastie avec un système intégrant, en une seule machine, imagerie 3D et navigation chirurgicale en temps réel
1st vertebroplasty

1st vertebroplasty combining 3D imaging and a real-time surgical navigation system

1st « artificial pancreas »

Certification of the 1st « artificial pancreas » in France to treat diabetes

1er prototype d'un exosquelette connecté au cerveau d'un patient tétraplégique
1st mind-controlled exoskeleton

1st prototype of a mind-controlled exoskeleton on a quadriplegic patient 

Wireless digital bridge

World 1st : Brain Computer Interface enables thought controlled walking after spinal cord injury

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