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Twelve Polytechnique start-ups innovating for the future

Challenges magazine has published its annual ranking of the 100 start-ups to invest in in 2021. Twelve start-ups from the Polytechnic community, founded by former students of the School and/or incubated in our Innovation Center are among them.

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Twelve start-ups from the Polytechnic community, founded by former students of the School and/or incubated in our Innovation Center are among them. You will find below a presentation of each of them, two of which, Epilab and Lumedix, participated in the last Demoday of the Drahi-X Novation Center Challenges magazine published its ranking of the 100 start-ups to invest in for 2020. Among them, 14 were founded by École Polytechnique alumni or accelerated or incubated at École Polytechnique.

Medetia Pharmaceuticals. Co-founded in January 2019 and headed by Jean-Philippe Annereau (PhD from Ecole Polytechnique 95-98), this biotech has developed a technology to recover certain cells from patients' urine and put them in culture to restore deficient functions due to certain pathologies, such as progressive blindness in children or nephronophthisis, a rare kidney disease. It has formed a partnership with the Imagine research institute (AP-HP, Inserm), at the forefront of genetic diseases, attached to the Necker hospital in Paris. It aims to implement a clinical trial in the first half of 2023.

Milvue, co-founded in 2018 by Malo Huard (X12) its scientific director, the start-up has developed an artificial intelligence, Smart Urgences' allowing accelerated processing of patient X-rays in hospital emergencies. The software is able to automatically classify a scan as pathological, doubtful or normal in seven pathologies representing 90% of admissions: fractures, dislocations, effusions, pulmonary pathologies, etc. It is already deployed in a dozen hospitals in France.

Epilab, founded in March 2020 and incubated as part of the 12th X-Up class of the Drahi-X Novation Center, this medtech is developing a reliable handheld TB detection kit that gives the result within two hours.

Lumedix, is a spin-off of the École Polytechnique Laboratories, created in July 2018, and incubated at the Drahi-X Novation Center as part of the 6th X-Up class. It exploits a proprietary technology based on rare-earth-based crystalline luminescent nanoparticles that provide a 10- to 1,000-fold gain in the minimum detectable concentrations of biological molecules of medical interest (biomarkers, viruses, bacteria) for in vitro diagnostic tests while also enabling the quantification of these molecules and the possibility of analyzing several dozen molecules simultaneously in any type of biological sample. Lumedix should soon commercialize Covid-19 tests that are as fast as antigenic and as reliable as PCR.

GoodVest, co-founded in 2020 and led by Joseph Choueifaty (Msc X-HEC Entrepreneurs 2019-2021), this fintech has developed an app that analyzes an investor's profile to provide a responsible and accessible savings offer matching it.  The application proposes a portfolio composed solely of ESG funds, i.e. stocks and bonds that respect environmental, social and governance criteria, in line with the investor's convictions (ecological transition, employment, gender equality, new energies...).

C12 Quantum, co-founded in January 2020 by twins Pierre and Mathieu Desjardins (both X08), the start-up is developing a carbon quantum computer project, based on the patented carbon nanotube technology of the physics laboratory of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS). Its business model is based on paid access to the quantum computer for occasional users and on the sale of processors dedicated to a specific application. The team is preparing a 5-qubit demonstrator (quantum power). It aims to build a 20-qubit processor.

NavAlgo, launched in 2013 by Zuzanna Kosowska-Stamirowska (Master Economics & Public Policy, Ecole polytechnique 2011-2013) and supported as part of the X-Tech incubator for mature technology companies at the Ecole Polytechnique's Drahi-X Novation Center, has designed and markets a solution to improve maritime transport logistics using artificial intelligence. Nav Algo processes data from sensors placed in trucks, boats, on packages and containers, to optimize routes and detect any anomalies.

Outmind, co-founded in 2019 by Grace Mehrabe (26, ESCP) and Arthur Caillaud (24, Centrale) and incubated as part of the 9th X-Up class of the Drahi-X Novation Center, the startup has developed an internal search engine capable of navigating the mass of data scattered across different applications and centralizing it without having to access them all with passwords.

Auxilia, co-founded in 2020 by Greta Zibetti and Laura Belz (Msc X-HEC Entrepreneurs 2019-2020) has developed software that automatically detects weapons or other threats present in images from X-ray imaging (XR) equipment of luggage and cargo.

Quandela, co-founded in 2017 by Pascale Senellart (X93 and professor at X) uses light for information processing in quantum computing. The startup encodes information on photons inserted into glass mini chips. While the chips in computers and cell phones contain electrons, photon chips are a crucial component for quantum computers. Quandela already sells components for the development of quantum computers in Russia, the Netherlands and Italy.

Delfox, co-founded in 2018 and headed by Maxime Rey (Master of Research in Computer Science from X 2004-2005), specializes in artificial intelligence platforms for autonomous systems (drones, robots, satellites), with customers such as ArianeGroup, and the DGA, Dassault or Thales.

FlyInstinct founded in 2017 by Arthur Ni (X05) and incubated at the Drahi-X Novation Center as part of the 5th X-Up class has developed a camera equipped with AI to spot FOD (Foreign Object Debris), bolts, slats, tools that have fallen on runways and can severely damage aircraft. From a vehicle traveling at 50 km/h, the system can spot a 2 cm object on a 60 meter runway, day or night, even under rainy conditions  Its technology has already been adopted by Lyon, Orly, Cotonou (Benin) and soon Roissy airports.