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October 10, 2017 | Tridimeo 200th startup spun off from CEA labs

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Tridimeo plans to manufacture its first TDM003 3D sensor in November 2017. ©Tridimeo

The CEA took advantage of its recent startup day to recognize Tridimeo with a trophy for being the 200th startup spun off from CEA labs. Tridimeo received the full range of CEA startup support services.

Brand-new startup Tridimeo offers a new generation of industrial 3D vision system leveraging technology developed at List*. The company’s solutions support the automation of complex industrial processes like quality inspection and robot control .

Tridimeo responds to industrial companies’ need to reduce the costs of non-quality and can also help factories automate difficult and repetitive tasks on the shop floor. The company’s solutions pack in two major innovations. They deliver 3D images with submillimeter precision even at high throughput and can also monitor product color and detect rejects on the production line. The automotive and consumer goods manufacturing industries have already expressed interest in Tridimeo’s solutions.

Tridimeo’s cofounders received the full range of startup support services the CEA offers to all of its spin-offs to help speed up the business creation process. First, the project was incubated by the CEA and the cofounders were able to work with CEA researchers and access the CEA’s portfolio of mature, innovative, and patented technologies. They also received expert advice on intellectual property, market research, a zero-percent no-guarantee loan, and venture capital.

Transferring knowledge from the lab to industry has always been one of the CEA’s fundamental missions. The CEA’s unrivalled know-how in technology transfer earned the organization the top slot in the 2017 Reuters-Clarivate Analytics ranking of Europe’s most innovative government research organizations and the second slot in the global ranking.

Startups effective at getting breakthrough innovations to market

When it comes to getting the results of laboratory research to the market, a startup can be particularly effective, especially when there is a major—and therefore high-risk—technological breakthrough involved. Startups spun off from CEA labs are more agile than large corporations and receive the full support of the CEA’s technology transfer programs, increasing their chances of a successful commercial release.

The CEA has been actively supporting startups and encouraging its researchers, engineers, and technicians to create their own startups for more than two decades—a policy that has resulted in the creation of 200 startups since 1978. More than 70% of CEA startups are still in operation today. Over the past five years the pace of business creation at the CEA has picked up, with 51 new startups since 2012. And, with 93% of these businesses still operating, the CEA is well above the average startup survival rate.

A number of former CEA startups have become leaders in their industries. Soitec and Sofradir—both among Europe’s top ten high-tech companies—are just two examples. CEA startups all leverage cutting-edge technologies capable of competing on a broad range of international markets from information technology, new energy technology, and digital technology to biotechnology. CEA biotech startup Theranexus, for example, recently announced some very promising results that could improve the treatment of diseases affecting the central nervous system.

New growth-stage financing

In June 2017 the CEA joined forces with Amundi, Europe’s leading asset manager, to create Supernova Invest, a venture capital firm. The goal is to support growth-stage startups and encourage the creation of jobs in in Europe and in France in particular. Supernova Invest will leverage its founders’ expertise in technological innovation and equity investment to help high-tech companies—from startups in the bootstrapping phase to more mature companies—secure financing. The firm is poised to fund innovations leveraging the intensive development of breakthrough technologies by CEA labs or other government research organizations and that have the capacity to address industry’s major challenges.

*List earned the prestigious Institut Carnot seal in 2006 (Institut Carnot TN@UPSaclay).


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Tridimeo: David Partouche, CEO (left) and Rémi Michel, Head of R&D (right). © Incuballiance, the Paris-Saclay tech incubator