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The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the historical birthplace of vaccines and diagnostic techniques, is now home to major players in health innovation combining human and animal health.

Companies, public bodies, universities and hospitals collaborate, create and innovate side by side. Together, they constitute an ecosystem of excellence which has been supported by Lyonbiopole for over 15 years.

A combination of academic and clinical skills

  • 2nd biggest region in France in terms of R&D expenditure
  • 6 university hospital centres, 14 hospitals and 4 clinical investigation centres including 22,000 clinical research professionals.
  • 3 of the 14 French SATTs*: Pulsalys, Linksium and Clermont-Auvergne-Innovation
  • 2nd best region in France for higher education
  • 4 higher education and research universities
  • 40 public/private research institutes
  • Home to internationally renowned academic research institutes and infrastructures: CEA, IARC, INRAE, INSERM, CNRS, INRIA, VetAgro Sup, EMBL, ESRF, ILL, CRMN, P4 INSERM Jean Mérieux, the WHO Training Academy, 20 of the 34 Carnot Institutes accredited in France, etc.

An active and attractive labour market

  • 2nd biggest region in France in terms of number of employees
  • 1st region in France for employment in R&D and production
  • 57% of jobs in the bioproduction sector
  • 1st region in France in terms of industrial jobs

An extensive industrial network

  • 1st in Europe for vaccine production
  • 1st in France for API production
  • 800 innovative SMEs and start-ups
  • More than 1,260 establishments and 150 industrial sites
  • Around twenty large groups: Becton Dickinson, bioMérieux, Boehringer Ingelheim, Evotec, Medtronic, Merck, Nemera, Roche Diagnostics, Sanofi, Seqens, etc.

More information

OnlyLyon publishes a map of key players in

the health sector in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region