innovation for industry
Allard founded Fluoptics in 2009. A CEA-Leti spin-off, which became a world
leader in fluorescence imaging for thyroid surgery.
In 2006, Odile Allard met Philippe Rizo, then head of the optical imaging laboratory at CEA-Leti. He possessed a strong expertise in fluorescence imaging. After 25 years of professional experience in the IT sector, Odile Allard joined CEA-Leti to carry out a feasibility study. For two years, she worked closely with Philippe Rizo on this project. The result was a promising application for cancer surgery. It was on this basis that Odile Allard created Fluoptics.
Women have all the qualities needed to succeed, but often lack daring; they have doubts about their legitimacy in this business founder role. Even if the environment remains increasingly favorable to men, there is nothing to feel insecure about, they should go for it! Obviously, we have to be ready to roll your sleeves up, possess a great capacity for work and resilience. We need stickability and the ability to challenge ourselves to find the uncharted path.”
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.