Photonics cluster OPTITEC

France: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Mr Ziga Valic

Overview

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About us

OPTITEC's mission on the regional/national level is to foster and promote activities of the photonics and imaging sectors in the south of France and to strengthen the synergies between its stakeholders (research, higher education and industry sectors).

On the European level OPTITEC fosters the participation of its members in various EU research and development programmes, notably in Horizon 2020. In order to enhance the visibility and competitiveness of its members it facilitates the interaction with the European partners.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 220
    Cluster Members
  • 115
    SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 55
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 35
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

Marc Ricci
Cluster Manager
Ziga Valic
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

OPTITEC is a key player in the development of companies, in terms of business activity and jobs in the field of photonics in French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur & Occitanie:

Extending the range of services to SMEs, from R&D to market

OPTITEC is building up its range of actions for companies by playing a role at the core of their strategy of development, R&D, funding, intellectual property, international outreach, competencies, etc. The support may be on both an individual and collective basis, encouraging joint projects between SMEs in order to be collectively more competitive on national and international markets.

Enhancing the synergy between SMEs and major industrial groups

For SMEs, OPTITEC plays the role of interface with the major groups and outsourcers in the photonics sector and beyond, with the aim of building up technological and business partnerships. 

Encouraging the transfer of technologies from academic research to SMEs

OPTITEC maintains its links with academic research, on the understanding that the high level of R&D in the Cluster’s SMEs is a key factor with regard to the markets of the future.

European office in Brussels

In 2014 OPTITEC consolidated its offer of services linked to European funding programmes by appointing a full-time representative in Brussels for the purpose of representation, intelligence gathering and providing support to its members in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme.

Adaptive Optics Platform PEMOA

PEMOA platform, whose main mission is to promote the technology of adaptive optics for new industrial applications, includes three systems dedicated to: - higher and continuing education courses; - ophthalmology; - power lasers.

Various agreements with with industry and academia were concluded in 2013 in order to foster promotion of the platform in their respective networks and to contribute to its dynamic by providing training courses and organizing events in the PACA region.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Name & description

Project name

OPTITEC is currently coordinator of Horizon2020 CSA project EPRISE (Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe) and COSME Go International project EU KETs4Dual-Use (European Key Enabling Technologies for Dual-Use Worldwide).

Previously, OPTITEC coordinated FP7 project OASIS (Open the Access to Life Science Infrastructures for SMEs) and participated as a partner in FP7 project LightJumps: European photonics business development accelerator.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
China
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Singapore
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Upcoming events

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