Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies

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Selected GIANT partnerships


At GIANT, scientists and engineers working in fundamental, technological, and industrial research combine their complementary skills on collaborative – and often fruitful – projects.

Below are some examples of the cutting-edge work done by GIANT joint ventures.

  • Toyota is working with CNRS and Grenoble Alpes Université to develop high-performance magnets for electric and hybrid vehicle engines. These magnets will use hard magnetic layers based on a superferromagnetism concept developed and patented by Institut Néel.
  • CEA-Leti joined the IBM Alliance for semiconductor development to contribute its skills in low-power CMOS technology, e-beam lithography, and nanocharacterization. Research is being conducted at several locations: the GIANT campus, the STMicroelectronics campus in Crolles (just outside Grenoble), the University of New York at Albany, and IBM’s Fishkill, New York campus.
  • ESRF tests around 80,000 protein samples each year to determine their three-dimensional structure, valuable information that is used to develop new drugs. The partnership was set up in 2002 with Aventis (now Sanofi-aventis) and has since expanded to include other pharmaceutical-industry partners.
  • In 1997 bioMérieux and CEA-Leti set up a multidisciplinary team of ten researchers to develop innovative in vitro diagnostics systems. In 2005 bioMérieux transferred its molecular biology and microsystems research center to the GIANT campus.
  • Schneider Electric and Grenoble Ecole de Management have joined forces to develop a decision-making model for innovation projects with high value-creation potential and heavy financial risks. The model will help managers make objective go/no-go decisions about these projects by outlining the key issues that they should examine.
  • ESRF, BioXtal, and NovartisVAccines determined the 3D structure of a protein in the meningococcus B bacteria (often the cause of fatal meningitis) using X-ray beamlines at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). This discovery marks an important step towards an effective vaccine.
  • ESRF and the Toyota Motor Corporation studied the chemical reactions that occur on the surface of a catalyst bed in a catalytic muffler using a beamline, and found possible ways to extend the lifetime of the catalysta big benefit for Toyota.
  • CNRS, the Grenoble Institute of Technology, and Grenoble Alpes Université teamed up to create McPhy, an alliance designed to market the new solid-state hydrogen storage process developed jointly by CNRS Grenoble (CRETA and the Institut Néel) and LEGI (CNRS joint research unit, Grenoble Institute of Technology, and Grenoble University (Université Joseph Fourier). Their work resulted in the filing of three patents in 2006 and 2007. McPhy, established in 2008, has proven to be an effective collaboration and has led to new joint patents. R&D work is continuing through a coordinated effort from CNRS, CEA, and several universities.
  • Renault and CEA entered into a three-year R&D agreement on June 24, 2010 to study electric vehicles, new energies, and clean heat engine technology. Joint project teams will be set up at several sites and be coordinated by a Renault-CEA steering committee.
  • SEB and the Grenoble Ecole de Management worked together for the second time in as many years to organize the SEB Innovation Fair, held in October 2010. The home appliances company chose the Grenoble-based business school to plan the Fair, which brought together 250 SEB employees from around the world to stimulate creativity and generate new product ideas.