Looking at the health field, the continuous and accelerated evolution of our environment is obvious.The most obvious examples are the evolution, and sometimes revolution, of knowledge, the new models of innovation and the development of personalized therapies.

The future success of health improvements requires the strengthening of our translational expertise, an optimized academic-industrial cooperative research, the systematization of the connection to patients and a better integration of talents coming from our universities. Sanofi, a key player in healthcare, has integrated these different issues into its strategy. It is therefore with pleasure that I have accepted to sponsor the 20th edition of the BIOTechno Rhône-Alpes 2017 Forum, an important event for our young researchers to come in contact with the world of industries.

Jacques Volckmann: sponsor of the BIOTechno Rhône-Alpes Forum 2017, vice president of Sanofi Pasteur R&D

“France has many assets to succeed in its biological revolution: a recognized excellence in both basic and applied research, a network of renowned laboratories and institutes, and a proven expertise in university hospitals […]. The Grenoble area is particularly well placed since it is the second French pole for biotechnologies and medical technologies ("med-techs") after Paris-Ile de France. The interdisciplinarity and the quality of the partnerships between the different actors are at the basis of this dynamism. […] The BIOTechno forum, encouraging the exchanges, contributes to this dynamic and promotes the integration of young researchers. It is therefore with great enthusiasm that I accepted to be the sponsor of the 19th edition, to which I give all my support. I wish a bright future to all the people who chose to develop their career in such a promising area for the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

Geneviève Fioraso: Sponsor of the BIOTechno Rhône-Alpes Forum 2016, Former Higher Education and Research Minister

I was delighted to participate in the BIOTechno Paris 2016 forum as sponsor of the event. It was an exciting moment, rich of meetings and exchanges with doctoral and post-doctoral students. I myself have a background in both academia and the industrial world, I can thus easily imagine how difficult it can be for all young researchers to make a choice. The BIOTechno forum is an opportunity to discover, with different round tables and workshops, the possible careers but also the people who practice them, their background, their experience and all that a biography can not say. You have to meet people to understand what they are doing and I was very happy to meet young doctoral students and motivated doctors to answer their questions. Throughout the day, during conferences and debates, I have directly seen how important it is for the young researchers to meet doctors who now have a career in the academic or the industrial world, to speak with them, to know each other, because their destinies are linked. Some of them may be recruited by others and on the other hand a fresh air breath could allow to see projects from a different perspective. In a world becoming faster and faster, more and more complex, the nodal point is not only the accumulation of knowledge but also, and above all, our ability to constantly adapt to the new challenges of our daily lives. Self-confidence is essential for young doctoral or post-doctoral students. Their formation is built on a certain degree of curiosity associated with a high level of skills. Positive attitude and self-confidence are as important as an additional degree. Do not hesitate, even if sometimes you can fail..

Isabelle Buckle – sponsor of Forum BIOTechno Paris 2016