ALPhANOV, technology center for Route des Lasers competitiveness cluster , was established in 2007 as an association law 1901 by the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the CEA (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies), the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), the University Bordeaux 1 and 2 and the association ALPhA (Aquitaine Laser Photonics and applications). ALPhANOV is supported by the European Union, the State and the Regional Council of Aquitaine in the project contract 2007-2013 State-Region.
ALPhANOV was built, from its inception, on experience in micro-machining developed by laser platform applications Aquitaine (PALA), which depends on the CELIA laboratory and was implemented by François SALIN.
ALPhANOV received in 2008 the label Technological Resource Centre awarded by the Ministry of Research, for its supporting role in business innovation, especially for SMEs. This certification was renewed in 2012. ALPhANOV also received approval in 2007 for Research Tax Credit (CIR).
ALPhANOV is located on the campus of Talence, in the Institut d'optique d'Aquitaine. Deployed over a total of 2000 m² of offices and technical facilities, it employs about forty researchers, engineers and technology and transfer specialists.
ALPhANOV counts more than 600 contracts completed or ongoing, participation in numerous collaborative projects, from regional to European level, and support in the creation of 10 companies in 5 years. In addition, three patents have been filed on its own or in collaboration with academic partner laboratories.
ALPhANOV Board of Directors is composed of its founding members, of an academic college and of a college of companies. That gives the structure a balance governance between public / private and research / industry. The office is mostly industrial, and is chaired by Philippe METIVIER, General Manager of Eolite Lasers.