STMicroelectronics is one of Europe’s largest developers of semiconductor products and integrated circuit technology. Its devices are used in digital TV set-top boxes, audio players, mobile phones, cameras, and computer hard drives. Some 80% of its 2,000 employees are engineers. In 2009, the company set up a joint venture with Ericsson Mobile Platforms, called ST-Ericsson, to run its wireless communications business.
STMicroelectronics Grenoble plays an active role in the Minalogic global competitive cluster, and has strong partnerships with the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), the French Institute of Computer Engineering and Automation Research (INRIA), and numerous universities.
Schneider Electric’s R&D facility at the Polytec business park is one of the company’s four main global R&D centers. Around 160 Schneider employees and 250 subcontractors work at the site to carry out wide range of innovation projects, including the European-wide HOMES program for energy-efficient homes and buildings (www.homesprogramme.com) and an initiative to develop a European standard for electric vehicle charging stations.
bioMérieux is a molecular biology research firm that acts as an interface between the development and production of in vitro diagnostic systems. Around 200 people work at its Christophe Mérieux center in state-of-the-art chemistry, molecular biology, and systems engineering labs. Two of these labs (P2 and P3) are designed to meet the most stringent safety standards. The center also has a special production unit for making molecular biology system reagents.