Published on 7 September 2018

On 21 June, Université Paris-Saclay welcomed a delegation of representatives from the AURP – Association of University Research Parks – to discover the ecosystem undergoing transformation.

The Association of University Research Parks

A non-profit international organization, the AURP was created in 1986 in the United States by a handful of farsighted research, technology and science park directors, recognizing the increasing role of research parks for the industry. Today, the AURP represents over 700 research, science and tech parks with the aim to stimulate innovation, industry and economic growth through university, industrial and governmental partnership.

Paris-Saclay – Ranked among the 8 clusters of innovation worldwide

On 21 June, a dozen of AURP members came to France to visit Genopole, AURP member since 2017, as well as Université Paris-Saclay in order to discover their history, financial model and achievements, as well as the challenges they face.

The delegation met several players of the cluster that bear witness to the vitality of the ecosystem. The Etablissement Public d’Aménagement Paris-Saclay, or EPAPS, key player in the transformation of Paris-Saclay, ranked among the top 8 world innovation clusters in the world by MIT Technology Review in 2013. The pharmaceutical lab Servier, which will set up its brand new R&D centre at the heart of the Moulon area in 2021. The SATT Paris-Saclay, Société d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologies, a type of TTO created in 2014, whose aim is to highlight research and support the technological transfer and the know-how of UPSaclay labs in connection with the industry.

Two start-ups also testified to the support they received from Université Paris-Saclay. Abbelight (CNRS/UPSud collaboration) offers innovative solutions in the field of super-resolution microscopy (nanoscopy) and membrane imaging for biological research, and Therapanacea (CentraleSupélec/INRIA collaboration) exploits the latest scientific advances in the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence & high-performance computing and simulation towards digital, personalized, adaptive medicine that creates advanced software solutions for assisting and guiding cancer treatment in the context of radiation therapy.

The delegation also discovered the mission of the Design Spot which provides laboratories, researchers and engineers with the necessary resources to connect research projects with functions and markets through design. In other words, it support its tens of thousands of students, researchers and entrepreneurs in their R&D projects by providing them with design expertise so they can meet the expectations of tomorrow’s society.

Following this day of meetings, a delegation from Université Paris-Saclay should be going to North America in the spring of 2019 to follow up on discussions and explore avenues for cooperation with the AURP and several of its members.