SpacePharma, a deeptech specializing in the development of research and production laboratories in orbit – also known as mini laboratories of the size of a shoe box to be sent into space – has recently settled their European office at the International Space University’s (ISU) central campus in Strasbourg, France.
At a recent press event held at ISU, Dr. Paul Kamoun, former ISU faculty, and director of the European branch of SpacePharma said:
“The notoriety of the International Space University, the ISU Incubator, the attractiveness of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, and the influence of the health competitiveness cluster “BioValley France” played a major role in SpacePharma’s decision to locate its European office on the central campus of ISU”.
The main reasons why SpacePharma Europe chose to settle at ISU are:
- the ISU Incubator which guarantees direct access to the international space community composed of industrial, institutional, or academic companies as well as resident experts, universities, laboratories and innovation clusters, and therefore allowing SpacePharma to find new partners.
- the strong support of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg.
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“Lack of gravity/microgravity in space, opens the way to innovations in the pharmaceutical domain also, that we could not have imagined on Earth…” as explained by Dr. Paul Kamoun in the documentary by FranceInfo (France 3 GrandEst, starting at 8:13min).
Dr. Virignia Wotring, ISU Human Performance in Space professor, recently participated in the first international conference on “Health from Space” co-organized by SpacePharma. ” I am delighted at the opportunity to be working more closely with SpacePharma in Strasbourg”, she said at Tuesday’s launch event.
Medicines in Space is also the theme of ISU’s upcoming Executive Space Course (ESC) led by ISU Prof. Wotring.
SpacePharma – founded in 2012 and already present in Switzerland, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America – develops miniaturized and robotized laboratories operating in space in microgravity, allowing research, development, and production to be carried out in real-time in orbit, particularly in the field of life sciences and biotech. All eight missions have already launched and completed successfully, thanks also to the partnerships with SpaceX and Arianespace.
About ISU Incubator
ISU Incubator – the start-up incubator at ISU’s Central Campus is the right place to launch your space business and benefit from multidisciplinary expertise in research & development, business, and finance. The location is a hub for you to meet with ISU faculty and visiting lecturers from academia, space agencies, and industry worldwide.
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