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L’X launches new Biomedical Innovation Program

The Program, launched on December 12, 2018 in partnership with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation and the École Polytechnique Foundation, will help develop collaborations between researchers and doctors, with a view to improving future healthcare services.

In this era of digital healthcare and increasingly targeted and personalized treatments, medicine is undergoing a revolution. Now more than ever, cooperation between physicists, engineers, biologists and doctors is necessary to adapt to the new healthcare overhaul. Against this backdrop of rapid change, the Biomedical Innovation Program at École Polytechnique will help develop joint projects between researchers and doctors, across a variety of interdisciplinary topics in physics, biology, mathematics, computer science and medicine.

Improving patient care

The goal of these future collaborations between researchers and medical professionals is to come up with innovative solutions for improving patient care. Funded by the Biomedical Innovation Program, a number of PhD and postdoctoral researchers will work on projects with a major impact for society.
 
The Biomedical Innovation Program is led by Abdul Barakat, professor at École Polytechnique, research director at CNRS and expert in cardiovascular biomechanics at the Hydrodynamics Laboratory (CNRS/École Polytechnique). A dedicated management committee, comprising biomedical engineering researchers and a doctor, and a scientific committee of international experts will work together to ensure that the Program advances smoothly.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve public healthcare, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation has also made the choice to contribute to this new Program at École Polytechnique.

A future Biomedical Engineering Institute at l'X

The Program is also part of a broader project to build a Biomedical Engineering Institute at École Polytechnique. The mission of this Institute will be to define the research and teaching strategy at l'X for fields found at the meeting point between physics, engineering, biology and medicine. It will help facilitate interactions between researchers at the institution and doctors. The Biomedical Innovation Program, with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, will contribute to the emergence of the future Institute.