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Alcimed carries out cluster studies for its clients allowing them to develop and structure an ecosystem of excellence on their territory. A cluster study allows for the identification of the themes that are likely to lead to economic development in a sector of interest with a view to creating value.

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Through a cluster study, Alcimed has the capacity to identify the high value-added links in the value chain of a sector in order to position a territory, a public structure or an industrial company on the development of key skills or activities.

We accompany our clients in this economic analysis by sector by characterizing the stakeholders and their needs, the environment, the actions carried out and the mechanisms generating these actions within the sector. Based on this analysis, we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the system and identify economic development opportunities and synergies between possible actors for our clients.

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We conducted a strategic cluster study on the subcontracting of drugs and active ingredients for an interministerial grouping in several regions in France. Our client wanted to define a roadmap for the development of the sector and to identify optimization levers with the players involved in the field. Through an economic inventory and the challenges faced by French companies in the region as well as their ideas for development, our team made 10 major recommendations in order to support the competitiveness of the sector, strengthen its structure and unleash innovation.
We have carried out a cluster study with representative organizations and wood industry players in France, focusing on several strategic issues: consolidating economic data (business fabric, added value, indirect employment, etc.) to support the strategic orientations of companies and public authorities, helping to create links and cooperation within the sector, and more generally preparing it to better respond to the challenges of tomorrow, particularly in terms of increasing skills or mobilizing forest resources. Our investigation and analysis enabled our clients to obtain an overview of the current cluster and to prepare the future with a co-defined and shared evolution plan.
Alcimed supported an economic development and innovation agency in its reflection for the construction of composite materials recycling cluster in a French region, with the aim of federating the players of the local ecosystem, across the whole value chain, from the production of the materials, to their recycling and their second life. The objective of our cluster study project was to define the roadmap for the structuring and development of the cluster, by identifying the composite materials of interest for the region, the initiatives already carried out on a local and national scale, as well as existing technologies and skills on an international level. In addition to an in-depth bibliographical work, we compared the points of view of various local players and experts to develop a complete vision of the ecosystem in the region. In fine, our analysis brought us to define with our client guidelines on the classes of composite materials presenting a development opportunity for the region and to co-construct a roadmap for the creation of the cluster.
We carried out a cluster study for an inter-professional committee with two objectives: 1) to finely characterize the analytical laboratory market (value chain, market size, typology of players, needs of players, etc.) to guide commercial decisions, and 2) to decipher the major trends at work on the market (digitalization, emergence of new services and business models, regulatory requirements, evolution of care pathways and related sectors, etc.) Our study enabled our clients to prepare the future of the sector in an increasingly uncertain context by establishing, following our study and with our team, a strategic roadmap for the evolution of the cluster.


Founded in 1993, Alcimed is an innovation and new business consulting firm, specializing in innovation driven sectors: life sciences (healthcare, biotech, agrifood), energy, environment, mobility, chemicals, materials, cosmetics, aeronautics, space and defence.

Our purpose? Helping both private and public decision-makers explore and develop their uncharted territories: new technologies, new offers, new geographies, possible futures, and new ways to innovate.

Located across eight offices around the world (France, Europe, Singapore and the United States), our team is made up of 220 highly-qualified, multicultural and passionate explorers, with a blended science/technology and business culture.

Our dream? To build a team of 1,000 explorers, to design tomorrow's world hand in hand with our clients.


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