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Technologies for healthcare
CEA Tech institute Leti pioneered DNA chips for diagnostics two decades ago. Today, the institute possesses unrivalled know-how in MEMS and NEMS for healthcare applications. Leti’s broad knowledge of 200 mm silicon technology, lensless imaging, microfluidics, biochemical sensors, and signal processing position the institute to offer its partners—manufacturers and clinical practitioners—integrated, miniaturized solutions in the form of labs-on-chip. The institute’s experience with biomaterials for healthcare has led to the development of nanovectors for targeted drug delivery and enhancements to other therapies (cell encapsulation, wound monitoring, etc.).
Several startups have been created to develop and commercialize the institute’s portable microsystems, in particular in the field of medical diagnostics.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.