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The Brain & Spine Institute (ICM)

The Brain & Spine Institute (ICM) – is an international research center based in Paris, France, which integrates basic research, clinical research and product development within the same building.

The Institute houses 700 researchers and clinicians, 17 cutting-edge technological platforms and +20 startups. It aims at combining the scientific creativity of academic research with the private-sector ability to conduct product development. It brings together patients, physicians and researchers with a cross-cutting approach to research that fosters collaborations and accelerates new medical discoveries.

ICM is located at the heart of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital on Paris

ICM is located at the heart of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital on Paris

The ICM stands in the very birthplace of neurology: at the heart of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris. The first neurology hospital in France (and one of Europe's largest) where Jean-Martin Charcot founded the first neurology chair at the end of the 19th century and where the first brain surgery was performed. The ICM building sprawls over 22.0000 sq. meters on the campus of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, just opposite to the hospital's center for nervous system disorders, which houses child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurological physical therapy, neuropsychology, neuropathology, neurogenetics and injuries. The ICM is surrounded by the other major clinical facilities available at the hospital and its extensive technical medical infrastructure. Every year, nearly 100,000 patients with a nervous system disorder are examined here.

The famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte conceive the plans for the new building of the ICM

The famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte conceive the plans for the new building of the ICM

ICM in a nutshell:

  • An in house clinical investigation center of 1,200sqm for clinical research with more than 150 clinical trials going on
  • A CNS clinical practice with more than 100,000 outpatients consultations/year
  • 700 researchers and clinicans
  • 28 research teams
  • Prototyping facility and design-thinking laboratory
  • 17 state-of-the-art technological platforms
  • ± 35 startups incubated since 2012

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