Presans Raout 2013

Photo, from left to right: Marc, Truls, Jacques, Guillaume, Jacques, Albert, Fabien, Sarah, Jérôme, Hervé, Darko. Summertime comes and people stop what they were doing to gather in a beautiful place and make dreams together. This, in any case, was the mindset of the Presans Raout, which took place last weekend at Prés de Gittonville. A photographer was there, too. A small company dreams foremost about progress and growth. As years go by the dreams become repetitive, so it is quite remarkable when someone manages to come up with something new here. It’s doable though, when you have fifteen people spanning four generations, with a strong inclination to solve problems together. Top biologist Pierre Sonigo came to share his theoretician’s thoughts

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New cures for rare diseases thanks to open and user innovation initiatives

In the beginning of the 21st century Henry Chesbrough coined the paradigm of Open Innovation in management sciences. Open Innovation is defined as “the use of inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively” (Chesbrough, H., 2003). The concept of lead users was first mentioned by Eric von Hippel. According to von Hippel, lead users facing a particular problem, develop their own innovative solutions; these solutions having a large potential for others, even before they realize it (Von Hippel, E., 1988). Based on these two currents in management science, 11 years ago an Open and User Innovation Community was created. The Community organizes each year conference where specialists from

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