Right from its creation, in 2009, the project of the Institute – the development of a center dedicated to disfigurment – has been strongly supported by national scientific boards as well as regional organizations : The National Agency for Scientific Research has granted a 10.5 million euros package to purchase cutting-edge technologies; The European Board and the Hauts-de-France Region have committed to finance the construction of the new building dedicated to the Institute’s mission.
The Institute’s new home, a 350 square feet facility, will open its doors at the end of 2021. The physical reunion of human and technological resources in one place will improve collaboration across multidisciplinary teams and accelerate discoveries.
This building will be one-of-a kind in the world, bringing together in one spot all resources to allow the Institute to tackle disfigurment from three main areas : research, traininig and information.
Research: modular research facilities, imaging/ robotics bio-engineering platforms;
Training : 8 table experimental operating theatre on live tissue or anatomical specimens, 200 seats auditorium connected to the University Hospital surgery rooms; several conference rooms.
Information: exhibition gallery and entertaining space.
The Institute, which is in the process of transforming into a Scientific Cooperation Foundation, will benefit from its physical proximity and strong partnerships with Simusante, largest medical training simulation center in Europe, GRECO – research group in medical robotics, BIOBANQUE – largest biobank in France, Amiens University Hospital – the only hospital in France with the ISO 9001 label, a quality, transparency and safety label for research programs.
The building, which is due to open up in late 2021 will help put the spotlight on the excellence of the Hauts-de-France Research and Medical teams.