Phillippe Cinquin, is a professor and hospital practitioner, director of the laboratory Techniques de l'ingénierie médicale et de la complexité - informatique, mathématiques et applications de Grenoble (TIMC-IMAG - Medical engineering and complexity technology, IT, mathematics and application) and co-director of the Centre d'investigation clinique - Innovation technologique de Grenoble (Grenoble Clinical investigation centre - technological innovations) . As a 2013 CNRS innovation medal winner, he elaborates on his research on medical imaging and more particularly on computer-assisted medical and surgical procedures (GMCAO), which he initiated in Grenoble in 1984 with the decisive contribution of his colleagues Jocelyne Troccaz and Stéphane Lavallée. This concept has been developed around the use of multi-modal images (ultrasound, MRI, etc.) and computer vision systems, for either passive or active assistance (robotics) to the practitioner. To achieve this, Cinquin had to solve many scientific and technological challenges.
His current research focuses on medical micro-nano-robotics and the energy supply of implanted artificial devices (based on the concept of glucose biofuel cells). Philippe Cinquin inspired 28 patent applications and helped create 10 start-ups.