Created in memory of Jean-Louis Gerondeau (X 1962) to support innovation and entrepreneurship at l’X, the Gerondeau – Safran Award aims to promote the emergence or maturation of innovative projects led by teams from the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the École polytechnique and now the Institut Polytechnique de Paris. It is part of l’X’s strategy, which aims to encourage the initiatives of its students to create businesses, namely in areas of high technological content🇧🇷 Candidates’ projects are evaluated based on the innovative nature of the product or service offeredhis economic potential it’s him ability to lead to a business creation🇧🇷 The prize comes with total amount of 45,000 eurosto be split between a maximum of three projects.
For Eric Dalbies, Group Director, Strategy, P&T and Innovation at Safran: “ Safran is committed to supporting the innovation of the start-up ecosystem, and this year, the winning projects by Ecole polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique de Paris reflect the key technological and strategic challenges of our world today. The decarbonisation of transport, Earth observation and monitoring and health, these three subjects are exciting fields of innovation that Safran is pleased to support with this award. 🇧🇷
Amphitrite: optimizing and decarbonizing sea voyages through ocean data fusion and analysis
Created by Briac Le Vu, oceanographer and research engineer, Evangelos Moschos (D 2022), expert in artificial intelligence, and Alexandre Stegner, CNRS researcher and professor at l’X, Amphitrite offers decarbonize the voyages of merchant ships representing 3% of global CO2 emissions. the start, emanating from the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (CNRS, École polytechnique – IP Paris, ENS, Sorbonne University), develops patented methods to analyze and merge ocean data🇧🇷 “Satellites collect a lot of data toanalyze the surface of the oceans it’s from detect phenomena such as swirls and meanders🇧🇷 By merging these different data using artificial intelligence, we can get reliable information in surface currents, waves and wind🇧🇷 This more detailed analysis of the state of the sea allows shipowners and maritime operators tooptimize the route of your ships to reduce your travel time, your energy consumption by 5 to 10% depending on the routes you take and therefore your CO2 emissions 🇧🇷, explains Alexandre Stegner. Currently based at the X Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, Anfitrite works in collaboration with players such as Louis Dreyfus Armateurs or CNES, and plans to launch in 2023 a maritime route optimization demonstrator in the Mediterranean Sea🇧🇷 “We are very happy to receive the Gerondeau – Safran award, which confirms our conviction that our project is on the right track and that it contributes to its continued development”says Briac Le Vu. “Decarbonisation is a key challenge for the global shipping industry. Thanks to the support of the Ecole Polytechnique ecosystem, Anfitrite is riding this wave of maritime innovation.” adds Evangelos Moschos.
Stratolia: an Earth observation and imaging service by stratospheric balloon maneuvers
Entrepreneur at heart and passionate about conquering space, Louis Hart-Davis (X 2018) created with Dylan Herry and Hugo Marchand (X 2018) the start-up Stratolia that offers a Earth observation and imaging service by stratospheric balloon maneuvers🇧🇷 “While drones have limitations in terms of range and range, and satellites can only generate one or two images of a given area per day given orbit, the stratospheric balloons we are developing should allowcontinuously observe a zone, with a battery life of 6 months to a year and high image resolution thanks to cameras that film in visible, near-infrared and thermal infrared. It is, therefore, a perfect intermediary between the drone and the satellite 🇧🇷, says Louis Hart-Davis. Located 20 km in the stratosphere, Stratolia’s balloons will have the particularity of being maneuvering and therefore ofevolve with the winds to reach the area to be studied🇧🇷 Equipped with a carrycot – designed within the Drahi prototyping space – X Novation Center – connected to software to control your directioncan be used for various apps : forest fire detection, surveillance of maritime traffic or theaters of military operations, response to a crisis such as an earthquake, etc. “We are very honored to be the winner of this award and to see that it rewards projects like ours with a strong component of deep technology. This distinction encourages us to continue on this path.”witness Louis Hart-Davis.
Emerge: a solution to anticipate postoperative complications based on the analysis of the patient’s immune system
Every year, almost 8 million surgeries take place in France. One in five leads to postoperative complications may require re-hospitalization. To anticipate and limit these complications, Brice Gaudillière (X 1997), an associate professor at Stanford, and Julien Hedou (X 2015) created Surge and are developing a patented diagnostic solution based on the analysis of the patient’s immune system pre-surgical. “The tests we have carried out so far aim to predict infections in major digestive surgery which can have serious consequences. From a blood samplewe are able measure intracellular and protein markers using innovative technologies and, in particular, “single cell” analysis. We then study this immunological data using machine learning and can thus determine the risk of postoperative complications for a patient. The purpose of these predictive tests is toinform the surgeon’s decision making providing you with a reliable tool to assess operative risk”, explains Julien Hédou. The Surge team, which brings together doctors and engineers in France and the United States, started last September a clinical trial in partnership with Foch Hospital (Suresnes) and visa commercialize your solution by 2025🇧🇷 “We are proud to be recognized by our peers and the École Polytechnique network for this medical project that responds to a public health issue. As we are in the initiation phase of the clinical trial, receiving the Gerondeau – Safran award is particularly encouraging”concludes Julien Hédou.
Since its creation, the Gerondeau – Safran prize has allowed support start-ups that today have a strong influence in France and abroad : SourceLAB (2011), Stilla Technologies, Wandercraft and Ynsect (2012), FeetMe and Sensome (2013), Airthium, Cardiologs and Dreem (2014), DeepColor, Ecov and Wingly (2015), Donecle and Forssea Robotics (2016), Seld , Vittascience and Zeta Technologies (2017), Hinfact, Mila and Okomera (2018), InBolt, Néolithe and Omini (2019), Escape, Hipersys and Tarmac Technologies (2020), Beyond Aero, Manitty and PaIRe (2021).