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The first faculty of medicine opened in Montpellier in 1220. Today the local health sector represents over 7,000 students, 1,700 full-time researchers in the public sector, and over 3,800 full-time professionals in some 50 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies. Montpellier Agglomération is home to world leaders in the field, with sanofi-aventis and Idenix Pharmaceuticals in the pharmaceutical sector; Bausch & Lomb, Bio-Rad, DMS Apelem, and Horiba Medical in the medical sector; plus numerous young biotechnology companies and 10 of France's 14 main research organizations. The scientific excellence in this field is recognized both for fundamental and clinical research (Montpellier/Nîmes University Hospitals, Val d'Aurelle Regional Cancer Center). The Montpellier Agglomération area is classified as the national leader in life sciences (according to the General Department of Higher Education, 2008). Eurobiomed, the leading inter-regional cluster in the health field, covers the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon regions, and is positioned as one of the top clusters in Europe.
Published on February 19, 2010