Promoting Reunion Island’s Technology and Innovation

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Support the 4 centers of excellence

  • Health
  • Food-processing
  • ICT
  • Environment

Innovative health, biomedical and pharmaceuticals

Reunion Island is the medical centre of excellence in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to its dynamic scientific research (4 university laboratories and several large pharmaceutical companies), a highly-educated workforce, efficient infrastructure (18 health care institutions) and more than 150 private companies, this is a sector that generates more than 12,000 direct jobs (public/private sectors). The TECHNOR science park incorporates pioneering modern technical facilities with research and training organisations. (source: publication Invest in Reunion – 2013 edition)

Focus on CHU Reunion

The young CHU, ranked 15th, rank in terms of activities , offers local offers medical training, making it more accessible health professions to Reunion , Mayotte to and beyond opening the possibility to train health professionals area of the Indian Ocean . Activities of university hospital research qualifications are structured and developed, including specific diseases of the Indian Ocean zone: metabolic diseases, infectious diseases and immunopathology , perinatal genetics.

In the South, particularly in the Techsud park , two new projects were born :

  • Centre for Medical Research and Health which includes three essential stages of the clinical research , namely the Delegation for Clinical Research and Innovation ( DRCI ) and the Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI) CHU and secondly , the Clinical Investigation Centre – Clinical Epidemiology (CIC -EC) existing since 2004, responsible for developing research and provide methodological support to investigators .
  • Centre for Simulation in Healthcare for the Indian Ocean offering students and healthcare professionals – in the context of continuing medical education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – the means to learn and train safe. Currently an area of ??250 m2, future extensions of this center are provided in the framework of a partnership with the Faculty of Health , University of La Réunion.

Focus on CLINIFUTUR group

Institutions’ activity places the group health CLINIFUTUR among the top 10 French private hospital groups, making it a major player in public health in the Indian Ocean.

The group represents 80% of the carrying capacity of the private hospital sector of the island of Reunion and brings together many disciplines obstetric , medical and surgical . It has five clinics and two dialysis centers where the health of patients is supported by professionals working at the forefront of modern technology to provide quality care in respect of safety.

 

Agribusiness, a traditional sector

Reunion Island’s leading industrial sector, agribusiness accounts for 5,500 salaried jobs and a turnover of more than €740 million. The Reunion agriculture has managed to diversify and meet the local market demand today as local food production covers 75% of the local consumption of fresh produce. Agribusiness projects at the science parks aim to optimise natural resources by focusing on innovative techniques, and to preserve the environment and biodiversity. (source: Insee/IEDOM 2011)

In Reunion different research partners with leading-edge infrastructure and high-level expertise work directly in the field of natural resources:

  • 1 centre of technological agribusiness resources
  • 2 aquaculture and marine biology technology resource centres
  • Laboratories and technical platforms dedicated to agribusiness or the optimum use of natural resources
  • The Qualitropic competitiveness cluster
  • The only European sugar cane research centre: eRcane
  • CIRAD

Agribusiness in Reunion is more innovative than in mainland France (51% vs 48%). (source: Insee, CIS 2010 innovation survey / Scope: businesses with 10 to 250 employees)

Reunion also offers European-standard comprehensive and effective training adapted to businesses: a dozen training courses are available for agribusiness, from training certificates to engineer level.

ICT, one of the most dynamic sectors

The sector of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) – mainly IT, internet, telephony and television – is one of Reunion’s leading economic sectors, with a turnover of more than €2 billion in 2010 (including operators). It is based on a network of about 580 companies with approximately 6,300 employees. At the TECHNOR science park this is a fast-developing sector, which includes more than 60% of businesses.

ICT companies located in Reunion Island have access to the highest level of European training and research facilities:

  • University of Reunion Island
  • the University School of Engineering, ESIROI
  • ILOI (Indian Ocean Image Institute)
  • the French National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)
  • Sup’info, the Higher Institute of Computing
  • 3 ICT research laboratories

The main partners:

  • The Regional Council of Reunion supports the sector through financial support but also various measures to develop the sector.
  • The Reunion Association of Information Technology and Communication (ARTIC) deals with all the news and brings together the ICT industry stakeholders on concrete actions.

(source : Invest in Réunion 2013)

Environment

Reunion is a welcoming place of research in energy, environment and biotechnology and represents an investment area for green innovative projects with strong skills already developed, particularly in the field of recycling of waste, “clean” transport, water management, quality of air and ecosystems, sustainable agriculture and sustainable eco-construction.

Some key figures :

  • one of the 34 global biodiversity hotspots
  • 35 km2 of marine nature reserve
  • a national park that covers 42% of the land surface
  • 11 biological reserves
  • French 4th largest area of ??farming (with 155 farms)
  • 31 farms certified “organic farming”

Renewable energy

Building on its strengths and development potential, Reunion Island is committed to implementing a sustainable development policy and aims for energy independence by 2030. It relies largely on renewable energy, which currently accounts for 36% of electricity production. Opportunities for expansion are considerable, whether it be the development of solar energy or the optimisation of biomass resources, wind potential, or sea energy. Several businesses have chosen the science parks in order to benefit from a network of dynamic and innovative partners.

Some figures:

  • 3000 jobs in the energy sector and 200 companies
  • 3rd position in Europe in terms of photovoltaic energy
  • 3rd position in Europe in terms of solar thermal collector area

(sources : Agreste, ARER, Invest in Réunion 2013)


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