Neuroscience is an area with many shadows, with great potential. Obscure, because there is still a lot of research to be done for new revolutions and successes.
In order to develop this area, the New Aquitaine region decided to develop startups and research by investing in a new centre, the Broca Centre.
Neurocampus, on the road to the future
Opened in September 2017, this centre, which was attached to the Bordeaux University Hospital, asked for 67 million euros, of which 20 million for researchers, and required no less than 5 years of work to form the Neurocampus. The aim is to attract startups and researchers to settle there in order to progress in neuroscience, because France is an excellent figure in this field, with disruptive technologies quite advanced, allowing real scientific progress.
It also allows to centralize the different players in research around the nervous system and associated functions, in a space totally redesigned so that the teams flourish and can work in the most optimal conditions possible. But in many fields, especially science, projects are often very important in terms of research work and team mobilization, but also in terms of investments.
Thus, the opening of the Broca Centre responds to these problems with great ambitions sought by the region. The building, built by VIB Architecture, responds to spatial and environmental constraints: in fact, it is part of a space where space is limited, but also with a firm desire to limit energy expenditure, while avoiding volume losses with a functional construction.
The Neurocampus project aims to bring companies to the fore
Alain Rousset, President of the Regional Council.
In order to develop specialized activities, such as research on the nervous system, Neurocampus is divided into several institutes: the IINS (Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience), the IMN (Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases) or the Neurocentre François Magendie. They bring together companies and researchers who want to work together, because the Broca Centre wants to allow startups to work there, by providing them with a dedicated space.
The other objective sought by the Neurocampus division is also to promote interdisciplinary work between different research bodies, but also to mix teams internationally. Developing research by mixing skills and methods could really revolutionize the sciences acquired by each team in the world, thanks in particular to the establishment of pooled technical trays.
All these structures will enable us to work effectively on the nervous system and its diseases. In order to enable startups to evolve, The Neurocampus has an incubator, ready to accompany them in their development, and many laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
The arrival of the Broca Centre in the Bordeaux Neurocampus promises a new synergy between researchers, to progress, together, in health research…