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Minatec

France

Minatec (initially called the Micro and Nanotechnology Innovation Centre) is a vast complex specializing in micro-nano technologies in Grenoble, France. The centre was launched in June 2006 as a partnership between LETI (the Electronics and Information Technologies Laboratory of CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission) and by Grenoble Institute of Technology. The site was already home to LETI, Europe's top centre for applied research in microelectronics and nanotechnology. Minatec combines a physical research campus with a network of companies, researchers and engineering schools. It was launched to foster technology transfer, with real-life applications in energy and communications, among others. The complex is home to 3,000 researchers, 1,200 students, and 600 technology transfer experts on a state-of-the-art 20-hectare campus offering 10,000 square metres for cleanroom space.