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InBolt, Néolithe and Omini winners of the prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran 2019

On November 7, 2019, the prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran was awarded to 3 start-ups: InBolt, Néolithe and Omini. The winners of this 9th edition are rewarded for their innovations in industry, waste management and health.

InBolt, Néolithe and Omini winners of the prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran 2019

The 9th edition of the prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran awarded three start-ups on November 7, 2019, for their innovations in industry, waste management and health. The winners, InBolt, Néolithe and Omini, each received €20,000.

InBolt : position monitoring of industrial tools for real-time quality control
Project led by Rudy Cohen, Albane Dersy and Louis Dumas, students of the MSc X-HEC Entrepreneurs

In industry, manual processes such as clamping, drilling or riveting are untraceable and poorly digitised. It remains impossible to continuously monitor what happens between the moment a task is communicated to a technician and the moment it is completed. In order to improve the reliability and traceability of these processes, InBolt developed a position tracking technology for industrial tools. It is based on a hardware module composed of sensors fixed on the tool which communicates with a quality control software. By monitoring the tool position in real time, it is possible to verify whether a task is correctly performed or not. The start-up is currently working on the miniaturization and industrialization of its module and has already signed partnerships with ArianeGroup and Thales.

Néolithe : the transformation of non-recyclable waste into mineral aggregates for public works
Project led by Nicolas Cruaud (X 2016), William Sr Cruaud, William Jr Cruaud (UTC) and Clément Bénassy (AgroParisTech)

Néolithe develops a technology to transform non-recyclable household waste, such as fabrics, plastics or food waste, into mineral aggregates that can be used in construction, particularly in road subfloors. Ecological, this patented process, based on the fossilization of waste, avoids incineration and landfilling. It therefore limits 80% of CO2 emissions associated with these treatments. Nationwide, this technology would represent a 5% reduction in the French carbon impact at a cost comparable to current processes. Created in January 2019, this family-owned start-up has launched a pilot production line to test the industrial process and business model. It also develops transportable factories in container.

Omini : portable screening and diagnostic devices to improve medical decision-making
Project led by Joanne Kanaan (École normale supérieure - PSL) and Anna Shirinskaya (Physics of interfaces - CNRS/École Polytechnique)

Medical biology examinations are essential to physicians' decision-making. However, their results require several hours or days, leading to a compromise between the speed of diagnosis, the urgency of implementing treatment and the accuracy of the medical decision. To avoid this issue, Omini develops portable screening and diagnostic devices that allow immediate measurement of the biomarkers needed for an informed medical decision. The start-up develops a new generation of biosensors able to quantitatively measure various molecules from a minimum sample volume. Omini is also developing a prototype of an electronic reader that will process the signal from the sensor and display the test result. In the long term, the start-up aims to deliver different devices for doctors and patients with chronic diseases requiring regular monitoring.

About the prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran
The prize Jean-Louis Gerondeau - Safran aims to promote the emergence or maturation of innovative projects led by entrepreneurs from École Polytechnique's ecosystem. This prize was created in memory of Jean-Louis Gerondeau (X 1962) to support innovation and entrepreneurship at l'X. It is in line with the School's strategy to encourage its students' initiatives for business creation, particularly in areas with a high technological content. Applicants' projects are assessed on the basis of the innovative nature of the product or service proposed, its economic potential and its ability to lead to the creation of a company. The prize is endowed with a total amount of €60,000, to be distributed among a maximum of three projects.