Open innovation

In an open innovation approach, Alcimed helps its customers to open up their innovation process to external players – customers, suppliers, SMEs, other industrial players, start-ups, universities or academic laboratories – to accelerate their innovation dynamics through sharing and collaboration.

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How we help you build your open innovation strategy

We participate in the definition of our clients’ open innovation strategies, in the evaluation of existing processes, in their analysis in order to improve them, up to the operational implementation of open innovation approaches:

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EXAMPLES OF RECENT OPEN INNOVATION PROJECTS FOR OUR CLIENTS

Our client, an American pharmaceutical group, requested the support of our team to define their open innovation strategy in Europe in order to facilitate their collaboration with European start-ups and researchers. After having studied the possible collaboration opportunities envisaged by our client (mainly focused on the search for new therapies and R&D techniques), our team carried out an initial mapping of the European hot spots and clusters in the biotech field. In a second step, we carried out a benchmark of the most innovative open innovation approaches implemented in Europe by other players, in healthcare and in other sectors. Based on the information gathered during our investigations, we organized a workshop with our client's team in order to co-construct together the best open innovation strategy to implement and define the main steps for its operational deployment.
We supported the R&D team of a leading player in the food industry in optimizing its innovation process to accelerate the marketing of its products. Our client had an innovation process very rich in ideas but internally focused and not very open to an external ecosystem. This constraint generated many limitations, including slow idea characterization and feasibility checks. By conducting a benchmark of existing open innovation practices in the industry and leading a series of workshops with our client’s teams, we identified and implemented actions to use external partners at various stages of the innovation process in order to accelerate the different stages and thus the marketing of product innovations.
We carried out a benchmark of open innovation practices and approaches in the industry in order to define the model for the future accelerator of a public institution. Our team analyzed the open innovation practices of the most innovative industry players (Lego, IBM, P&G, Apple and Starbucks) and explored their strategies, approaches, methods, resources, partners in their ecosystems and business models. The results of our study have inspired our client and facilitated the decisions to be made regarding the model of its future accelerator.
We carried out a benchmark of open innovation practices and approaches in the industry in order to define the model of the future accelerator of a public institution. To do so, our team analyzed the open innovation practices of the most innovative industry players in this area (Lego, IBM, P&G, Apple and Starbucks) and explored their strategies, approaches, methods, resources, partners in their ecosystems and business models. The results of our study have been used in a workshop with our client in order to inspire teams and facilitate the decisions to be maderegarding the model of their future accelerator.
Our team assisted a pharmaceutical player who found that their innovation process was not enough agile and open towards the external world. We first exchanged with our client’s teams to get a detailed understanding of what was working well and to identify the malfunctions of the initial process. Then, we identified inspiring cases from industries outside healthcare but facing the same issues and we defined the guiding principles of the new process to be implemented. With this material, we organized a “Sprint” bringing together about twenty representatives from the various departments and functions involved in innovation, in order to co-build the new model following the precepts of Design Thinking. Ultimately, this work enabled us to co-construct with our client’s teams their new innovation process, more focused, more agile and open to partners, allowing more disruption and empowerment of the teams!

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 200 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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