A researcher of Carnot Energies du futur is one of the 2019 CNRS Innovation Medallists!
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Orphée Cugat, a CNRS researcher at Grenoble Electrical Engineering Lab (laboratory member of Carnot Energies du futur) has received the 2019 CNRS Innovation Medal.
Ane Aanesland, Vance Bergeron, Orphée Cugat (researcher at Grenoble Electrical Engineering Lab, a laboratory member of Carnot Energies du futur), and Livio de Luca are the 2019 CNRS Innovation Medallists. They will receive their awards during a ceremony to be held in Paris on 12 December. Since 2011, the CNRS Innovation Medal has recognised figures whose exceptional work has led to groundbreaking innovation in technological, economic, therapeutic, or social fields.
Orphée Cugat, off-piste research
With twelve families of patents under his belt and having co-founded start-ups with radically diverse applications, Orphée Cugat never loses sight of innovation. A CNRS researcher at Grenoble Electrical Engineering Lab (CNRS/Grenoble INP/Université Grenoble Alpes), he explores magnetism in milli- and microsystems with his colleagues Jérôme Delamare and formerly Gilbert Reyne. A born inventor, Orphée Cugat initially trained as a generalist engineer at Arts et Métiers, he then opted for a PhD thesis, and ultimately completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Ireland. In Grenoble his group began developing sub-miniature motors and generators, then creating original levitation systems, and is now working on applications for medical technologies. One outcome of this work was the start-up Enerbee, where a connected air vent harvests enough energy through a contactless fan to power integrated air quality sensors. Even more ambitious, the start-up MagIA offers diagnostics in fifteen minutes. The instrument only needs a single drop of blood to detect and simultaneously quantify hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV.
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