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Institut Curie's start-up incubation program expands through collaboration with Microsoft France

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Microsoft France today announced the launch of the Biotech Scaler Program, of which Institut Curie's incubation program is the first partner ever. Institut Curie spin-off companies will now benefit from additional technological and analytical assets to accelerate the development of innovative treatments for the benefit of patients.
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Microsoft France today announced the launch of the Biotech Scaler Program, in which Institut Curie is a the first partner ever through its incubation program. The Biotech Scaler Program brings together startups developing Artificial Intelligence platforms to identify new targets or drug candidates and biotech startups developing new platforms in immunotherapy, gene or cell therapy, to treat cancers, rare or orphan diseases. These companies, which are now at the forefront of innovation, are nevertheless faced with long development cycles and require significant capital contributions. To help them advance rapidly in their research and pursue their development, Microsoft France has created this dedicated support program for them.

Institut Curie's unique and integrated program aims to promote the transfer of technologies developed at Institut Curie through the creation of companies: it has already generated 28 start-ups since 2002, including 11 in the last five years. Existing and future Institut Curie start-ups will now benefit from additional technological and analytical assets to accelerate their development and bring innovative care to patients.

Moving from promise to product is the main challenge for biotechs. By integrating the Biotech Scaler Program into our incubator, we are giving an additional advantage to the companies resulting from our research to accelerate their development and bring innovative treatments to patients. The early choice of a good digital architecture is essential to be credible in discussions with investors, industrialists or regulatory authorities and to differentiate oneself from the competition, which is global.

says Dr. Amaury Martin, Deputy Director in charge of Valorisation, Industrial Partnerships and Data at Institut Curie.

The Biotech Scaler Program offers participants:

  • Technological support: through the Founders Hub, Microsoft's program for startups, Microsoft will offer the Biotech Scaler Program startups free Azure credits, access to advice from our devops teams on their digital architecture and support for the development of their roadmap when they enter the scale-up phase, organized by Cellenza
  • A mentoring program in the search for investments: DNA Finance Investment & Advisory will guide the startups in the program in their fundraising.

The Biotech Scaler Program is a new kind of support program, specifically designed to meet the needs of biotech startups whose development may require extremely rapid scaling. We provide them with a set of tools and digital skills to help them meet these needs.

concludes Charles Calestroupat, Director of the Public Sector Entity at Microsoft France.

► Learn more about the BioTechScaler program with Dr. Amaury Martin and Charles Calestroupat's interview (from 41:52):



Institut Curie's original and integrated incubation program aims to promote the transfer oftechnologies developed at Institut Curie through the creation of

companies. It allows innovative projects to mature through the provision of services, oriented towards the first stages of the structuring of the future company: from detection to the creation of the company and its follow-up. Researchers have access to personalized support, enabling them to launch their projects under the best possible conditions and to avoid some of the main reasons for start-up failure.

In concrete terms, Institut Curie offers services focused on the first stages of development of innovative business creation projects: entrepreneurship training, business strategy, team structuring, accommodation, communication and administrative support.

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