France: Ramsay Santé launches Basque incubator for health start-ups

European healthcare services provider, Ramsay Santé, has launched Gingko Biloba – Pépinière Santé Pays Basque, an incubator for innovative health start-ups. The aim is to support healthcare companies less than five-years old and likely to establish themselves in the French Basque Country, the Landes or the autonomous communities of Euskadi and Navarre, until they have established themselves. Firms will be welcome irrespective of their legal status and tax regime.

The health sector in the Basque Country represents the region’s major economic contributor, followed by tourism and construction. The collaboration between three Ramsay Santé institutions – Aguilera Clinic, Belharra Clinic and Jean le Bon Clinic, and local agencies – Bihartean CCI Transfrontalière, the École Supérieure des Technologies Industriels Avancées (Estia) and Basque Invest, was formed to further promote the sector.

Companies will benefit from access to spaces in clinics to observe, test and adapt their products and services. 

“This association is the result of a long-standing cooperation between our health institutions and our territorial and cross-border economic partners,” said Nicolas Bobet, Director of the Aquitaine Pole of Ramsay Santé and President of the association Ginkgo Biloba – Pépinière Santé Pays Basque.With the creation of the association, we wish to continue and develop this virtuous cooperation at the service of health innovation. That’s why we are opening our doors to selected start-ups so that they can test their products and services in a real environment.”

Several start-ups have already applied to join the incubator, according to a press release. The first, Monali, has already settled in the premises. Monali is a web application that provides services to healthcare professionals to better manage the care pathways of patients returning home.