On March 10 and 11, 2011, the Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) staged a regional healthcare tour in partnership with the Medicen Paris Region competitiveness cluster, the city of Paris, and the IAU Ile-de-France (Paris Region urban planning institute).
Two days of visits were organised for an official delegation from the city of Seoul: the director of Seoul Business Agency's Digital Media City, the director of the investment promotion department at Seoul's City Hall, and the director and commercial director of the French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The tour introduced them to the wealth and diversity of Paris Region's healthcare sector offer, focusing on some of the region's flagship sites: the Institut Pasteur, Sanofi-Aventis and the Institut de la Vision (Vision Institute).
The delegation's first visit was to the Institut Pasteur, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, on March 10. The Medicen competitiveness cluster also presented its activities and the wider Paris Region biocluster as a whole. After this the delegation visited Sanofi-Aventis' R&D facility in Chilly-Mazarin (91 - Essonne).
On March 11, after meeting representatives of the city of Paris, the Korean delegation was welcomed by Professor Sahel who offered a guided tour of the Institut de la Vision. This introduction to one of Europe's leading integrated research centres for vision disorders showcased the excellence of healthcare research in Paris Region.
Profiles of Institut Pasteur, Institut de la Vision and Sanofi-Aventis are available on Econovista.com.
* Institut Pasteur on Spot talents/Public research centres
* Institut de la Vision on Spot talents/Public research centres
* Sanofi-Aventis on My map/pharmaceutical company