Thanks to its experimental plaform, the IHU has state-of-the-art equipment for the implementation of preclinical activity.
This preclinical activity in the field of image-guided surgery is positioned on 3 axes: research and innovation, training and service delivery.
Our internationally renowned team of experts bring this preclinical activity to life by their strong involvement in each of these 3 areas in parallel with their clinical activity. The expertise they bring in their respective fields is a guarantee of the quality and success of the studies and training carried out at the IHU.
In addition to our research team, the activity on the experimental platform is ensured by a qualified support team made up of technicians specialized in electro-radiology, animal care staff, a biomedical engineer, a project manager and an IT team.
Research and Innovation
The experimental platform allows for testing on preclinical models for internal development projects funded by the IHU, as well as for collaborative projects with public and private partners. The studies carried out focus on the development of new approaches, testing medical device prototypes or assessing software developed for surgery and based on artificial intelligence.
The experimental platform is also used for the practical sessions of various diploma-based training courses organized by the IHU. These courses benefit from our wide range of imaging equipment to offer quality hands-on sessions, with similar conditions to those found in human clinics.
Since October 2021, the IHU has become the first French testing facility compliant with the principles of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for the non-clinical evaluation of medical devices (OECD and FDA regulations). GLP compliance is a regulatory requirement to carry out non-clinical safety studies expected to require authorisation for clinical trials or for the marketing of medications or medical devices.
The BPL text is a document which has received European consensus, derived from OECD guidelines, which aims at mutual recognition of data and a reliability and quality guarantee of data submitted. This compliance now allows us to participate in regulatory studies for submission to authorities, and therefore to be a partner of choice for industry or R&D organizations involved in the development of medical devices.
We provide tailor-made services to meet the needs of our customers. We accompany them from the preparation of their research plan by advising them on the experiments most suited to meeting their objectives and go as far as providing them with a complete report that can include a file for submissions to regulatory authorities.
Our experts are personally involved in these studies so as to contribute their knowledge and expertise and may also participate in the improvement of the product or the procedure thanks to their experience feedback.
Our core competence is Hepato-Digestive Surgery, but we can also provide cardiovascular, urology or even gynecology services, through our network of collaborators.
The services we offer also apply to the organization of training sessions with industrial customers to train practitioners in the use of a new medical device or a new therapeutic approach. More particularly, we have a catalogue of preclinical in vivo and ex vivo models that we can adapt to the needs of our customers (catalogue provided on request) for a tailor-made course, adapted to the specificities of the device.