Paris, 20 march 2013

Philippe Cinquin, Ludwik Leibler and Stéphane Mallat to receive the CNRS 2013 Medal of Innovation

The laureates of the CNRS 2013 Medal of Innovation are Philippe Cinquin, a professor in medical data processing, Ludwik Leibler, a physical chemist and the mathematician Stéphane Mallat. Each year, the award is handed out in recognition of groundbreaking research that has led to significant innovations in technology, economics, medicine or the humanities. The three will be presented with the accolade by France's Higher Education and Research Minister Geneviève Fioraso on 12 June.



Philippe Cinquin

A professor and clinician, 57-year-old Philippe Cinquin also serves as director of the TIMC-IMAG laboratory (Techniques de l'Ingénierie Médicale et de la Complexité – Informatique, Mathématiques et Applications de Grenoble, CNRS/Université Joseph Fourier) and co-director of the Grenoble-based CIC-IT (Centre d'Investigation Clinique – Innovation Technologique, CIT803 INSERM/DGOS/CHU de Grenoble). The prize rewards his pioneering research in computer-assisted medical-surgical techniques, a field that he introduced in Grenoble in 1984, aided by decisive contributions from his colleagues Jocelyne Troccaz and Stéphane Lavallée. Since then, the concept has been developed through the use of multimodal imaging (ultrasound, MRI, etc.) and computer vision systems to provide passive or active (robotic) assistance to physicians.
To perfect his approach, Cinquin has had to overcome numerous scientific and technological obstacles. His work now focuses on medical micro-nano-robotics (based on the miniaturization of sensors and effectors for endoscopic surgery) and power supplies for implanted artificial devices using glucose biofuel cells, a concept developed in close partnership with the team headed by Serge Cosnier, director of the Molecular Chemistry Department, CNRS/Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble. Cinquin's work has resulted in 28 patents and contributed to the creation of 10 startups.


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Ludwik Leibler

Ludwik Leibler
, aged 61, is a CNRS exceptional grade senior researcher, director of the MMC (Matière Molle et Chimie) laboratory and associate professor at ESPCI ParisTech. A theoretical physicist by training, this multifaceted researcher has conducted groundbreaking fundamental research in the field of polymer physics and chemistry. Internationally recognized for his seminal contributions in polymer dynamics and nanostructuring, Leibler has established fruitful, permanent ties with industry.
His close collaborations with groups like Arkema and Total, up to and including the setting up of a joint laboratory, have contributed to a number of breakthrough innovations, in particular new and original materials made possible by a deep theoretical approach that incorporates industrial considerations virtually from the beginning. One of his most recent significant discoveries concerns “self-healing” supramolecular rubbers that self-repair by simple contact after being cut. Another recent breakthrough is a new type of organic materials called vitrimers: repairable and recyclable, they are reshapable like glass, reversibly and at will, but nonetheless insoluble, lightweight and resilient. Leibler has registered 47 patents and published 177 scientific articles.


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Stéphane Mallat

Fifty-year-old Stéphane Mallat is a mathematician and professor of computer science and signal processing at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His early research focused on harmonic analysis, a field in which he pioneered the use of wavelet bases and parsimonious representation, a theory with applications in numerous scientific disciplines, in particular signal processing for the denoising and compression of sounds and images. Mallat later developed the “bandlet” theory, which allows for efficient representations of the geometrical structures of images. The practical applications of these results led the scientist to launch a startup, which he directed until its sale in 2007, for the manufacturing of electronic chips for high-definition television.
More recently, Mallat has turned his attention to the issue of big data automatic classification, based on a new theory of invariants. He has also enjoyed an exemplary career in applied mathematics, starting from truly original theoretical work to develop industrial applications that have resulted in 10 international patents.
The panel of judges for the 2013 Medal of Innovation comprised the CNRS management board, institute directors, Innovation and Business Relations Department director, the presidents of the joint research alliances, a representative of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and prominent figures from the corporate and scientific worlds.


Philippe Cinquin l T +33 (0)6 16 19 24 65 l
Ludwik Leibler l T +33 (0)1 40 79 51 25 l
Stéphane Mallat l T +33 (0)6 78 54 43 11 l
CNRS press office l Julien Guillaume l T + 33 1 44 96 46 35 l


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