Signature of a unique partnership agreement between IRCAD and COVIDIEN, world leader in the surgical industry

On January 29, 2014, Professor Jacques Marescaux, president of the IRCAD, and Mr. Cristiano Franzi, President of COVIDIEN Europe, signed a partnership contract at the HARAS BIOCLUSTER, in the presence of local elected officials. This contract aims to transfer part of COVIDIEN Europe’s training and R&D activities to the IRCAD.

This partnership was signed after several months of discussions, and confirms the relocation of COVIDIEN’s European training center, currently located in the Paris area. Strasbourg will become the home of one of Europe’s largest industrial centers for surgical training.
COVIDIEN has been a historical partner of the IRCAD ever since its creation in 1994. In early April 2014, the institute’s industrial partner will settle on the 3 levels of the former pharmacology building recently vacated by Roche and acquired by the IRCAD.

This project was made possible through the support of local authorities (City of Strasbourg, CUS, General Council of Bas-Rhin, Alsace Regional Council) which will partly finance the site’s renovation works.

This new agreement between the IRCAD and COVIDIEN reflects the leading role of the Institute within the University Hospital Compounds dedicated to the development of medical devices. It is a crucial step in the development not only of the IRCAD but also of the Institute of Image-guided Hybrid Surgery (IHU Strasbourg), as many research and development avenues have already been explored with COVIDIEN.

In addition, as far as education is concerned, more than 6,000 yearly training days will be added to the IRCAD’s training schedule, which already includes 7,500 training days per year.



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COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

Please note that the IRCAD administrative board and staff are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in France. The health, safety, and well-being of our participants, experts and staff are our top priority!
Despite the current context, the IRCAD stands firmly by your side to help you acquire knowledge and skills. Come and join us !

We would like to draw your attention that the « Vaccine Pass » is now mandatory in France since end of January 2022 and replaces the former « Health Pass » to access places that are open to the public, such as cinemas, museums, cafés and restaurants, hotels as well as the IRCAD Institute which welcomes participants in the framework of its courses and seminars. Thus, a PCR test without vaccination is no longer sufficient to take part in our courses.

The vaccine pass includes a proof of the following (one of the 3 items is sufficient):

  • The vaccination certificate, proving that persons have a complete vaccination (as of January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must receive a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or Covid infection to receive a valid vaccination pass. As of February 15, 2022, the time limits for keeping the pass will be reduced, you will have to do your booster dose 4 months and no longer 7 months after your 2nd dose to have a complete vaccine schedule and maintain a valid vaccine pass)
  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of Covid, more than 11 days and less than 4 months
  • The certificate of contraindication to vaccination

Further information about the new vaccine pass can be found at :

We very much hope to be able to count on your kind understanding of those rules which have been set by the French Government and which our Institute is required to apply