Home to Europe’s oldest still-active medical school, the Montpellier area is a key cluster for health activities. Come join those who are creating tomorrow’s medicine.

Health: extensive history combined with a project for the future

Montpellier is a world-class research area, with a leading university (ranked 3rd in France for life sciences and medicine), a major university hospital (France’s top 6th CHU), high-level research centers, large companies (including Bausch + Lomb, Bio-Rad, HORIBA Medical, and Sanofi), many innovative small- and medium-sized companies (1/3 of the startups assisted by Montpellier BIC are in the health field), and the Eurobiomed competitiveness cluster, the leading health network in France and leading European network for medical diagnostics.

Montpellier is particularly at the cutting edge of the medical diagnostics field. Strong points for the territory also include e-health, cancer research and treatment, regenerative medicine, infectiology, innovative therapies, the silver economy, and research on rare diseases.
Trias Astériou, Chargée de mission filière santé et agronomie

Economic Development and Employment Department

Trias Astériou

Project manager, health sector




representing 7,500 jobs


in health, science, and technology studies (8,100 in health)

leading French university

for life sciences and medicine (QS World University Ranking 2017 - outside Paris)

Where to set up?

Euromédecine : le pôle d’excellence de la filière santé-biotech
Biopôle Euromédecine
Biopôle Euromédecine
Located near the CHRU university research hospital and already hosting 15 companies, the business center is dedicated to life sciences, biotechnology, and health.
Cap Alpha
Cap Alpha
Located in Clapiers in a few minutes away from agronomic and health research center, Cap Alpha provides facilities adapted to helping your innovative company.
Photo MIBI
A unique concept in Europe, the Montpellier International Business Incubator (MIBI) provides office space adapted to international companies seeking to set up in France.

Key players

Covering the Occitanie and PACA regions, the Eurobiomed competitiveness cluster for health offers events, thematic meetings, tools, and dedicated services. Eurobiomed is France’s top health network, with 280 members, and Europe’s top medical diagnostics network, with 91 companies.
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BioMed Alliance
This cluster unites over 100 companies around the Occitanie region. Members are active in medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and service fields.
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Rabelais Biology-Health Cluster
A collaboration and information network for academic, hospital, and industry communities. As part of the cluster, the Montpellier BioCampus Joint Service Laboratory, a unique organization in France, offers 53 technical installations grouped into 12 high-level technology platforms.
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Main events:

Futurapolis health
A new event focusing on the latest feats of science, organized by the magazine Le Point in partnership with Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. An opportunity for audiences to meet doctors, scientists, public figures, writers, and philosophers. The event program includes conferences, along with equipment and technology demonstrations in the Discovery Gallery.
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Companies participating in international delegations
Nine Montpellier companies went to Boston in June 2018 to attend a major international conference on biotechnologies, Bio International Convention. They proudly represented the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area as part of the Montpellier France Health Hub initiative, alongside the Eurobiomed competitiveness cluster at the French pavilion.

International iCEPS Conference
An opportunity to consider non-pharmacological intervention (NPIs), the iCEPS Conference unites professionals and researchers from various disciplines, including medicine, psychology, sports, prevention, nutrition, and law. The conference is held alternately in Montpellier and Montreal. The next edition in Montpellier is in May 2019.
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