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Paris is Europe’s number-one region for life sciences in terms of both knowledge resources and economic activity. It is also a world leader in the medical sector, with a healthcare system that has been ranked the world’s best, exceptional infrastructure, and outstanding training and research.

The availability of talent

80,000 students are enrolled in the four main scientific universities in Paris, which include UPMC (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), the best French university in the 2013 Shanghai University Ranking.

Paris is also home to the 12 best Grandes Ecoles in France, which together have 20,000 students.

6.5% of European researchers live and work in Paris and the surrounding region, i.e. over 135,000 people. 

To develop this potential even further, the French government has introduced the Plan Campus, which provides for the creation of new university campuses and research centres in the Paris metropolis.

The Best of French Research

Europe’s highest concentration of researchers with 8.9 researchers / 1,000 inhabitants (JLL – 2012)
An unique concentration of world-renowned research centers:

# CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)

World N°1 scientific institution (Scimagro ranking, 2013)
CNRS is France’s principal multidisciplinary research body, which conducts research in all scientific, technological and sociological fields.With 16 Nobel Prize winners and 11 Fields medal winners, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.

# Pasteur Institute

The  Pasteur Institute is a private, non-profit foundation. Its mission is to help prevent and treat diseases, mainly those of infectious origin, through research, teaching, and public health initiatives.
The Institut has a network of 32 centres worldwide, 130 research units and more than 10 Nobel prizes.

# The Brain and Spine Institute

The Brain and Spine Institute (Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière - ICM) is a research centre of international stature. By bringing patients, doctors and researchers together under the same roof, it aims to rapidly develop new treatments for lesions of the nervous system and to deliver them to patients as swiftly as possible. The institute employs top scientists from many different countries and horizons, who develop cutting-edge research in the field.

# INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)

INRA is the leading crop science research body in Europe, studying agriculture, food and the environment. It has 8,500 employees and almost 150 research and experimentation sites.

# INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science & Control).

INRIA has 3,400 employees and eight research centres.

# CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission)

Set up following the Second World War to conduct research into the uses of atomic energy, the CEA was renamed the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission in 2009. It is now a major player in the field of low-carbon energies, as well as in information technologies, health, defense and global security. It has 10 research centres and employs almost 16,000 people.

Heart of the French medical excellence

L’Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris or APHP is Europe’s largest public hospital and research group. It is as well Paris Region 1st employer with 90,000 employees.

APHP is a key player in the medical sector in France and Europe:

  • 14 000 beds in 37 hospitals,
  • 7 million patients every year
  • 50 % of the French clinical research.
  • One of the largest central buying services in Europe,
  • Unique and unmatched medical database

The Office of Technology Transfer and Industrial Partnerships gives you the keys to succeed in Paris medical sector Technology transfert, Industrial partnerships, Research collaboration, Licencing, etc.

A decision-making hub for the healthcare and life science sector

Paris is the headquarters of several global healthcare companies and of national and European institutions such as: The French National Authority for Health (HAS), the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM), the French National Laboratory of Metrology and Testing (LNE), the French Ministry of Health, etc.


Competitiveness clusters of international scope


MEDICEN, a world-class cluster for innovative therapies and healthcare technologies.
MEDICEN acts as a catalyst for economic growth and employment, interfacing with startups/SMEs, multinationals, universities, laboratories, hospitals, training organisations and healthcare providers.


# Genopole

Genopole defines itself as France’s leading biocluster for biotechnologies and research in genomics and genetics. Ir is built upon the model of American and European campuses and unites innovative high-tech life sciences companies, public and private research and higher education facilities at a single site in Evry/Corbeil-Essonnes, just south of Paris.

  • 80 biotech companies
  • 19 academic research laboratories
  • 97,649 m2 of real estate
  • €370 million in equity funding raised by Genopole companies
  • 2,245 direct jobs
  • 147 businesses have been accompanied by Genopole since its advent


# Gustave Roussy

The Gustave Roussy cancer center, founded in 1926 by professor Gustave Roussy, is one of the ten world leaders in the fight against cancer. Its internationally renown professionals are specialists with regard to all different types of cancer, at all stages and at all ages.
As an expert center in dealing with complex cancers, Gustave Roussy brings together cutting-edge medical care and human support.

Contact us

contact Thomas WALD - Paris&Co Thomas

Business Development Director - Life Sciences

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