Dassault Systèmes and Inria join forces on digital twins in healthcare

3D modeling software publisher Dassault Systèmes and Inria are continuing their collaboration in the fields of health and cybersecurity. Their ambition is to present a model of cooperation between public agencies and companies that could lead to a financing agency for disruptive innovation.

Already partners, Dassault Systèmes and Inria will present in a few days a strategic alliance in the field of digital twins applied to the health and cybersecurity sector. This is what Bernard Charlès, CEO of the French number 1 software company, and Bruno Sportisse, CEO of the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (formerly the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), told our colleagues in the Journal du Dimanche. According to the head of the group Dassault Systèmes, a specialist in 3D design and modeling and product lifecycle management, this agreement “can serve as a model for cooperation between public agencies and companies. In healthcare, Dassault Systèmes strengthened its position in 2019 by acquiring €5 billion U.S. publisher Medidata, which specializes in clinical trial data analysis, to implement in the human body the virtual twin capabilities it had previously been performing in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Through their cooperation, the publisher and the research institute aim to pave the way for an agency that would finance disruptive innovations in Europe in the fields of health and cybersecurity. Initiatives to push innovations in other sectors exist, such as the defense sector with, for example, the AID (Defense Innovation Agency) in France or Darpa in the United States (the American agency that works on advanced research projects for defense).

Visualize, test, understand and predict

At CES 2022, held in early January in Las Vegas, Dassault Systèmes presented its advances in this field. Its 3DExperience platform can now create a virtual twin experience on the human body, providing a space to integrate modeling, simulation, data and collaboration among different stakeholders. Virtual models of the heart, brain and lungs have progressed to the point where a complete virtual twin of the human body is now possible, the French group explains on its website.  “Industry, researchers, doctors and even patients can visualize, test, understand and predict what cannot be seen, before the patient is treated, from how drugs work on a disease to what can be expected from a surgical procedure.”

Inria, for its part, is engaged in numerous research projects on tools to support diagnosis, analysis of medical examinations and personalization of treatments, among others. A few days ago, the Institute announced the Simbiotx project, launched in March 2021 by Dirk Drasdo and Irene Vignon-Clementel. The first is a specialist in bio-computing at the cellular level, the second in biomedical engineering in silico. They are working on the construction of human organ twins and the circulation system that connects them in order to advance surgery specific to these fields.

In addition to healthcare, Dassault Systèmes and Inria also plan to work together in the field of cybersecurity, but no details on this subject have yet been released. To be continued.


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