Paris, May 28, 2009

Four innovative start-ups stemming from CNRS at the European Research and Innovation Exhibition 2009

The European Research and Innovation Exhibition will take place June 3-5 2009 at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris. The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) will present four start-ups stemming from the research results from CNRS laboratories. At the CNRS booth, representatives from the start-ups will explain their activities to the public and demonstrate their know-how. The companies work in various disciplines: atmospheric pollution, archaeology and heritage, agriculture and health care.

AlyXan has developed a mass spectrometer to measure the composition of the surrounding air or any other gas. Thanks to its compact design, the device can be carried anywhere for both making measurements and quickly obtaining results on the spot. These features, along with the unit's high analysis resolution, make it ideal for detecting pollutants, analyzing industrial waste, and more generally controlling quality in industry. This innovative FT-ICR (Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance) mass spectrometer, called the BTrap, uses a chemical ionization technique. It stems from research carried out by a team at the Laboratoire de chimie physique (CNRS/Université Paris-Sud 11) specialized in the physics of ions in the gaseous phase.


Dendrotech specializes in dendrochronology, a dating method based on the analysis of annual growth rings of trees. This approach allows very accurate dating -- within one year -- of the material included in wooden structures. It enables faithful reconstruction of ancient wood artisans' modus operandi, as well as an understanding of what kind of wood they used and what type of woodland they exploited. Dendrotech, a new company created in partnership with CNRS and the Université de Rennes 1, provides services to research scientists through both national and international programs, via the Centre de Recherche en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire (CNRS, Université Rennes 1 and 2 and Nantes, French Ministry of Culture, INRAP).


Force-A develops and markets real-time optical sensors to analyze plants in food-producing crops, vineyards, and grass. Two types of sensors are available: the Dualex® “leaf-clip” instrument and the contactless Multiplex® sensor. They measure the concentration of key plant constituents such as chlorophyll and polyphenols. The sensors allow to both diganose plant health and to optimize the contribution of fertilizers and pesticides in order to reduce their costs and comply with regulations. Force-A was founded following research by the Photosynthèse et télédétection team in the Laboratoire d'utilisation du rayonnement électromagnétique d'Orsay (CNRS, CEA, and the French Ministry of Youth, Education, and Research), whose successor is the Soleil synchrotron.


Innovative Health Diagnostics develops and markets diagnostic solutions in the field of neurodegenerative illnesses and more specifically in the early detection and follow up of Alzheimer's disease. Today, no unique test exists to detect Alzheimer's. The quick and inexpensive Innovative Health Design tests can be performed on simple blood samples. They offer unrivaled performance in terms of specificity and sensitivity compared to currently developed diagnostic methods. These tests are based on detection of biological blood markers specific to diseases of the nervous system. Innovative Health Diagnostics' know-how in this field results from research carried out at the CNRS Institut des neurosciences cellulaires et intégratives in Strasbourg.


The Direction de la politique industrielle et l'Institut national de l'information scientifique et technique will also be on the CNRS booth to present the tools and services it provides to research scientists and innovative organizations.


CNRS Press Department l Claire Le Poulennec l Tel. +33 (0)1 44 96 49 88 l


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