Interventional Radiology: Guerbet partners HECAM project
The HECAM(1) project is a €41 million research and development competitiveness project, financed to the tune of €18.2 million as part of the future investments program(2). Its ambition is to develop detection, diagnosis and treatment tools for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in other words primary liver cancer.
Originally an idea of Claire Corot (Guerbet’s Research & Innovation and Business Development Licensing Director and member of the board of directors of Medicen), the HCC multi-technological approach project was structured by GE Healthcare. Piloted by GE Healthcare, HECAM comprises Guerbet, seven SMEs(3) and three academic partners(4). They provide and develop first-rate scientific and technical competencies within the project.
The benefit of a collaborative approach for a disease with major health consequences such as HCC is huge. And France has excellent academic, structured research, particularly in the field of medical imaging, paving the way for the emergence of innovative solutions.
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(1) HEpatocellular CArcinoma Multi-technological.
(2) The program is piloted by the French General Investment Commission (CGI) and operated by Bpifrance. Bpifrance, a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts et de l’État, provides loans, guarantees and capital to companies, from their startup to flotation on the stock market.
(3) BioPredictive, CarThera and IntegraGen (Greater Paris Region), BioSIMS Technologies (Upper Normandy), Intrasense (Languedoc-Roussillon), EDAP TMS France and Fluoptics (Rhône-Alpes).
(4) Gustave Roussy, Europe’s leading cancer treatment center, the Paris Public Hospitals Group (with four hospitals: Beaujon, Jean Verdier, Henri Mondor and Paul Brousse) and the French Healthcare and Medical Research Institute (five INSERM units). The consortium is also supported by the Montpellier Regional University Hospital.