Minatec is an education and industrial transfer and research center that includes 115 laboratories employing 3,600 researchers focused on micro and nanotechnology, biotechnology, new energy technologies, and nanomaterials. Right next to Minatec is the Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (LITEN), part of the Tennerdis cluster, and home organization for the INES national center for solar research, located in Chambery, 60 km north of Grenoble. The Minatec campus includes significant tech transfer operations that have graduated more than 30 start-ups since the 1970’s, including the company that grew to become STMicroelectronics, as well as Soitec, now employing a thousand employees and world leader in Silicon on Insulator substrates.
Minalogic is an industrial and research cluster for micro and nanotechnology and embedded software on chips (EMSoC) that combines over 100 partners from industry, research, education, and economic development. Projects also include research into medical applications, including embedded systems and minimally invasive surgery.
The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Grenoble is a key player in micro and nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. Over 1,500 staff work in 69 laboratories. Since 2001, research and development has resulted in 90 patents, 46 licensing agreements, and 25 start-ups.