Methodological support and technical platforms dedicated to innovation and health technology assessment
The transfer of a technological innovation to the clinical practice is a critical and crucial point in the healthcare domain: important issues have to be considered before to deploy the proposed innovation for the prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic.
The Clinical Investigation Centres for Innovative Technology (CIC-IT) have been created to facilitate the translation from basic technological innovation research as quickly as possible to the industrial product in the current care environment (for diagnostic and therapeutic patient management). Numerous different fields are involved: medical devices, biomaterials, biomarkers, and imaging.
Located in University Hospitals, they are open spaces for research laboratories, industrial companies (either start-ups, SME or major industrial group) and clinicians. There are 8 CIC-IT in France, each specializing in one field (Computer-Assisted Medical Interventions for Grenoble CIC-IT). They are organized in a network that aims to mutualize their skills and promote all common projects.
Thanks to methodological support and technical platforms, CIC-IT are able to support innovation in all steps of the maturation cycle, from the idea to the clinical evaluation by:
- Processing clinical proofs of concept and prototypes
- Managing the technical, ergonomic, preclinical et clinical evaluation of Health Technologies
- Providing academic hospital environment of high technology to industrials
- Supporting creation of innovative start-ups
Human resources: medical doctor, clinical research associate, clinical research coordinator, biostatistician, engineer, ergonomist, project manager.
Financial resources: 1/3 are recurrent funding from the Ministry of Health, all others come from grants (local, national or European) or from companie
Evidence of success
Grenoble CIC-IT has managed during these 3 last years
- 32 clinical trials, 12 scientific papers
- Support to 8 start-ups (in creation or already created)
- Participation to 6 European projects (PENTA, EIT Health) with major MD companies
- National and European trainings (F-CRIN* for 3 years and 2 EIT Health summer schools)
- Great success to project calls (54% summited projects are funded)
* French Clinical Research Infrastructure Network
Potential for learning or transfer
A CIC-IT must be linked with an innovative MedTech eco-system:
• one or several research labs which have the willing to value clinically their research and go to the market by eventually creating start-ups;
• innovative company network needing an academic hospital environment of high technology.
Japan, Uruguay, India, and Tunisia have already adopted the French CIC model.
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