The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region has three major assets which have allowed it to develop a unique know-how in the area of Health Technology:

By its history, the Rhône-Alpes Region is the historic cradle of life sciences thanks to the dynamism of major pioneers who, from Pasteur’s first discoveries, forged links between veterinary and human medicine, and between the hospital and industrial environments. The region was thus quite naturally the location from which numerous technological advances emerged and which became a worldwide reference for medical innovation.

In terms of its infrastructures, the Rhône-Alpes Region has close to 400 public and private healthcare establishments, including three University Hospital Centres (CHU), for a population of 6 million. The excellence and the reputation of these establishments go far beyond national boundaries.

Finally, the Rhône-Alpes Region has a great industrial fabric of subcontractors and suppliers.  Businesses which design medical devices also find, in their immediate environment, all the skills needed to develop and manufacture products with a high added value : precision machining, technical textiles, biomaterials, plastics engineering, electronics, software etc.



There is a clear distribution of the players in the cluster into 2 main arcs:

  • The Lyon-Saint Etienne arc, schematically with many players in the field of medical devices, IVD and prosthetics, and many financial partners;
  • The “Alpine” arc, comprising players in electronics, new information technologies, research and services linked to technological innovation.

Below, you will see an illustration of the geographical spread of players in the cluster over the Rhône-Alpes Region depending on their activity.