The Lille advantage

A dense economic and industrial network

1,000 companies

28,000 employees

€11.3 billion turnover

The local health sector is a key element of the regional economy. The sector includes large groups that are world leaders, as well as a substantial network of SMEs, who collaborate with a large network of research, academic and healthcare institutions. This represents the third-largest healthcare hub in France, after Paris and Lyon.

Leading public research centre

3,000 researchers

80 research labs

have world renowned expertise in neurodegenerative and cardiometabolic diseases and cancer.



The leading French research institute focused on diabetes (types 1 and 2), obesity and associated risk factors.  EGID is the only centre worldwide to have such a broad range of activities in its dedicated field: Fundamental research, academic and professional training, prevention, prediction, clinical applications, industrial valorisation and promotion of public healthcare projects. EGID is headed by Professor François Pattou.



ONCOLille is a scientific interest group, one of eight French Integrated Cancer Research Sites (SIRIC). It brings together and supports over 20 fundamental and clinical research laboratories throughout the Lille Metropolis, operating in the fields of biology, medical imaging, animal models, clinical research and human social sciences. ONCOLille’s cancer research programmes focus on two current key issues in the field: Tumour resistance and cancer dormancy. ONCOLille is coordinated by Professor Bruno Quesnel.



The DISTALZ Labex (laboratory of excellence) brings together seven of the highest international research units in the field of Alzheimer’s, five of them being located in the Lille Metropolis (the Institut Pasteur of Lille, the Regional and University Hospital Centre (CHRU) of Lille, the National Institute of Health and Medical research (Inserm), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Lille 1, Lille 2, and Lille 3 Universities). DISTALZ aims to study the biological processes involved in Alzheimer’s disease, especially in light of recent discoveries in genomics, and also to develop new biomarkers for the disease and biological targets. DISTALZ is coordinated by Professor Phillippe Amouyel.


The Institut Pasteur of Lille

Established in Lille in 1894, the Institut Pasteur is a private foundation recognised for the common interest. The institute works with various research teams (mainly focused on infectious, inflammatory and parasitic diseases, cancers and cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases) and it aims to harness science to serve public health. In order to reach this goal, the institute benefits from latest technological resources, especially in the Biological institute of Lille (IBL), which are available for companies and research teams. The institute is headed by Professor Patrick Berche.



Established in 2008, the Clinical Investigation Centre for Innovative Technology (CIC-IT) is a functional unit of the Regional and University Hospital Centre of Lille, which studies the area of “Biosensors and e-health” under the prism of innovation and uses. Its teams, which include computer engineers, signal processing engineers, ergonomists and clinicians, supervise clinical research projects working to develop innovative technologies, and facilitate the creation of new companies. CIC IT is coordinated by Régis Logier.

Centre for Clinical Research

The Centre for Clinical Research (CRC), approved by the Catholic Institute of Lille, focuses on clinical investigation based on four approaches: "Mother-child", "Onco-haematology", "Chronic diseases in adults and ageing" and "Disability and individual support, research into a transdisciplinary approach and care".


Charles Viollette Institute

Charles Viollette Institute is an agro-food and biotechnology regional research centre. It aims to find, identify, characterise and enhance molecules of interest from natural pathways (plants, micro-organisms, milk). The objective of this work focuses on the acquisition and industrial production processes, applied in the health and nutrition sectors, is to achieve a sustainable management of resources. The Charles Viollette Institute is headed by Pascal Dhulster.

Internationally-renowned schools and universities

A young and skilled population


34% of the population
in the Hauts-de-France
is under 25 years old


200,000 students

Second-largest educational cluster in France


25 engineering schools

10% of all students graduating from engineering schools each year in France
come from the Hauts-de-France

A large healthcare network

Leading hospital-university campus in Europe

The 15,000 professionals at the CHU Lille are part of one of the largest campuses in Northern Europe. This referenced teaching and research-oriented innovative university hospital covers severe diseases which require state-of-the-art medical technologies and infrastructure as well as specialised medical expertise. Its aim is to develop innovation and medical research. Around 1.4 million patients receive care in this hospital each year, which allows the CHU Lille to develop its technical expertise, both for specialised and general healthcare.