AP-HP (Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris) brings together 37 Paris hospitals, including university and teaching establishments, and enjoys close associations with world-famous bodies such as Inserm, the CNRS, the Institut Curie, the Institut Gustav Roussy, the Institut Pasteur, and France’s nuclear energy agency (CEA).
AP-HP has a portfolio of 442 patent families and continues to apply for more. It is the biggest organizer of clinical trials on France – ahead of big pharma – and the biggest clinical research center in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. More than 2,800 clinical research projects were under way in 2011.
AP-HP is a public health establishment and carries out the obligations and missions of health establishments including diagnostics and patient and preventive care. It also exercises its responsibilities to contribute to university and post-university teaching as well as to medical, dental and pharmaceutical research. In their patient care and research activities, the clinicians and carers at AP-HP frequently initiate projects and develop innovations that can be patented and potentially transferred to the commercial sector.