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Organized by the Office of Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States (OST), the French American Innovation Day (FAID) is designed to emphasize a specific topic that is significant to science, therapeutics and innovation. As an example, the 2010 FAID addressed the latest research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) in France and the United States. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) along with corporate sponsors (Pfizer, Guerbet, etc.) and the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT partnered with OST. The event attracted more than one hundred experts both from industry and academia of the two countries.

For the 2011 edition, the event is co-sponsored by GIANT Innovation Campus (France) and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI, USA). Entitled "Science and Innovation: The Challenges of Translational Breakthroughs", the 2011 FAID gives the opportunity to enlighten innovation for health and new technologies in 3 appealing sessions.

Session I "Deciphering Complexity and Diversity of Life"
Session II "Key Competencies for Innovation"
Session III "New Innovations in HSealthcare"

During recent years, the general observation is that many medical discoveries remain on the bench. By gathering basic and clinical researchers through the translational research and fostering the training of new generation of engineers / MD / Entrepreneurs, GIANT Innovation Campus and the PVLSI wish to enhance their activities dedicated to innovation and connect with counterparts of both countries.

FAID 2011 gathers two prominent scientific directors

Prof. Eva Pebay-Peyroula
Who is the French Scientific Director of the 2011 FAID seminar. She is a renowned scientist, Member of the Academy of Sciences, President of the French National Research Agency (ANR) and Director for the Structural Biology Institute (IBS) in Grenoble where she is focused on functional and structural aspects of membrane proteins.

Prof. Paul Friedmann
Who is assuming the position of Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield, MA, on August 1, 2005. Professor Friedmann served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baystate Health System in Springfield, MA, and was Dean for Baystate at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1998 to 2005. He holds the rank of Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Tufts.

They will moderate the sessions exploring research tools, training skills and know-how related to innovation in translational research.

Innovation is process involving students (doctorants and post-doctorants): at this purpose, a call for projects addressing U.S. based PhD candidates and intended to generate innovative projects.

The selected projects will be presented as a poster at the last session of the FAID. The laureate project will be awarded with one trip ticket to France to prospect scientific cooperation in Grenoble.


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