Sponsors EMC2016

We greatly appreciate support of the following companies…




Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, Sanofi transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions and consumer healthcare. More than 110,000 people at Sanofi are dedicated to make a difference on patients’ daily life, wherever they live and enable them to enjoy a healthier life.




Since its foundation in 1990 IonOptix has been proudly making quality ratiometric fluorescence and cell dimensioning data acquisition systems. We provide turn-key solutions to a variety of experimental problems and all of our systems combine high performance with reasonable prices.
Our customers are life scientists working with isolated cells or blood vessels. We are particularly well known for our Calcium and Contractility System which allows researchers to simultaneously measure myocyte contraction and calcium transients and our C-Pace EP, a system which helps prevent de-differentiation in isolated cell cultures through electrical conditioning. Emerging products include our new FluorPlex System, a ratiometric multi-bath tissue fluorometry system and The MyoStretcher, the worlds most sensitive myocyte force measurement system.


AURORA Scientific

For over thirty years Aurora Scientific measurement instrumentation has been the choice of leading science researchers around the world. Our selection of Dual-Mode lever systems and force transducers are used in a broad array of life science research specialties, including exercise and metabolism, cardiology, injury recovery, gerontology, disease progression, pharmacology and more. Aurora Scientific supports the scientific community in its goal of research and discovery by providing instrumentation of the highest quality design, construction and functionality. Our commitment to quality products, to understanding our clients’ experimental needs, to superior support and service and to a corporate sense of responsibility and integrity, have earned us the trust and support of researchers around the world.



COSMED is a privately owned company manufacturing Cardio Pulmonary and Metabolic Diagnostic Equipment. Since its foundation, COSMED primary goal has always been to improve the quality of its products and services through innovation and superior customer service. COSMED started in 1980 designing and manufacturing spirometers. In the late 80s, COSMED introduced a portable electronic desktop-sized spirometer named Pony, which was immediately successful in the European and Far East markets with more than 20,000 units sold globally. In the mid 90s COSMED designed the first portable metabolic analyzer, the K4. This truly innovative device broke new grounds with metabolic measurements and rapidly became the best selling oxygen measurement device in Education, Sports Science and Research. COSMED manufactures a full range of Spirometers, Pulmonary Function, Cardio Pulmonary Exercise & Nutritional Assessment diagnostic Equipment. All COSMED products are designed to meet the latest recommendations and guidelines from the leading scientific organizations. COSMED is investing today in order to improve technology for tomorrow.




Tebu-bio is a pan-European company with 9 local offices throughout Europe, specialised in providing innovative reagents and laboratory services in Life Sciences. Our powerful search engine, http://www.tebu-bio.com,  allows to browse our range of reagents and services to find the best solutions for your research. For more than ten years now, tebu-bio’s own laboratories operating in France have provided researchers with an ever-growing offer of standard or custom lab services.


Cytoskeleton, Inc.

Cytoskeleton, Inc. offers a wide range of innovative products (http://www.tebu-bio.com/brandsearch/027/Cytoskeleton.html) for signal transduction and cytoskeletal research as well as drug screening. Cytoskeleton focuses on products in the Actin and Tubulin field – proteins, antibodies, functional assays and visualization tools – and on Small G proteins such as RhoA, Rac, Cdc42, Ras etc offering for instance a broad range of activation assays. Cytoskeleton’s ready-tohttp://www.springer.com/gp/#c35020-use products, available in Europe through tebu-bio, are compatible with basic research or small screens and with a high throughput scale for large screens as well.



ADInstruments design and build high-performance data acquisition systems, trusted for a wide range of life science research and teaching applications. PowerLab hardware has provided reliable and sensitive data acquisition for an entire generation of scientists and educators, and combines with LabChart analysis software and a huge range of signal transducers to offer a flexible solution for almost all types of acquisition and analysis. Typical applications that are relevant to muscle include electromyography (EMG), joint movement and muscle activity, nerve conduction velocity, tissue and organ baths, isometric and isotonic muscle contractions, wire myography, microneurography, pharmacology, neurophysiology and biomedical engineering.




Our business is publishing. With more than 2,900 journals and 200,000 books, Springer offers many opportunities for authors , customers  and partners .
The Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility has as its main aim the publication of original research which bears on either the excitation and contraction of muscle, the analysis of any one of the processes involved therein, or the processes underlying contractility and motility of animal and plant cells. Coverage includes concise theoretical essays which suggest practical approaches for their testing. The journal also publishes full-length Reviews and short News and Views items, Book Reviews, and abstracts from and reports of meetings.



Dominique Dutscher : Leading distribution company in consumables and equipments for Biotechnology Research Laboratories
Areas of activity : Pharmaceutical research, Medical research, Public and private research institutes, Biotechnology Start-up, Hospitals, Universities.
Disciplines : Cell culture, Molecular biology, Genomics, proteomics, High Throughput Screening (HTS), storage, Immunology, Microbiology, Plastic consumables (strong expertise), Reusable small equipment, Lab bench equipment (agitator, centrifuge…), Equipments : freezers, incubators, mobile devices…



CRC Press

CRC Press is a premier publisher of books, journals, and electronic databases in the fields of Biological and Life Sciences. CRC Press is publishing the Jean Emile Morel’s new book : Molecular and Physiological Mechanisms of Muscle Contraction, ISBN: 978-1-4987-2502-6. : Thoroughly researched using experimentation and re-examination of all previously published evidence, this book is a carefully crafted treatise and revision of previous conceptions of muscle contraction. It presents detailed descriptions of new, previously unpublished data and hybrids recent findings with the standard Huxley model. It demonstrates that traditional concepts cannot fully explain contraction and identifies flaws in the reasoning initially used to explain some results as well as alternative interpretations accounting for inconsistencies. It synthesizes past and recent findings into a new hybrid model of muscle contraction. As a special offer CRC Press is offering EMC 2016 attendees a 20% discount and free shipping on all titles when they order online and enter Promo Code AQQ78 at www.CRCPress.com







The French Muscular Dystrophy Association (AFM) is composed of patients and their families who are affected by a genetic, rare, progressive and severely disabling illness: neuromuscular diseases. In order to fight those diseases, AFM chose to initiate innovative actions and a strategy of general interest that benefits all rare diseases and all persons with disabilities. The values of AFM-Téléthon are those held by the patients and their parents who are determined to do everything it takes to conquer the disease. There are about 200 neuromuscular diseases against which the AFM fights. Most of them are genetic and rare. To cure them, AFM supports the development of innovative therapies for rare diseases. Neuromuscular diseases are progressive and severely disabling. AFM develops innovative programs to improve quality healthcare and patients’ autonomy. Patients need to be able to access quality healthcare and to live like everyone else, despite their handicap.



Le Pôle BioSanté RABELAIS a été créé fin 2012 par les Universités et les Centres Hospitaliers Régionaux Universitaires de Montpellier et Nîmes et par l’Institut régional du Cancer de Montpellier. Les partenaires institutionnels que sont le CNRS, l’INSERM, l’IRD, le CEA, le Pôle de Compétitivité « Eurobiomed » et la Région Languedoc-Roussillon (LR), participent à l’élaboration de sa Politique scientifique en étant membres invités permanents de son Conseil de Gestion. La mission principale de ce Pôle est de créer un réseau de collaboration et d’information entre les mondes académique, hospitalier et industriel pour promouvoir l’excellence et renforcer l’attractivité, la visibilité régionale, nationale, européenne mais aussi internationale en matière de Biologie-Santé. Il a également pour mission d’attirer les étudiants du monde entier par une offre de formation de très haut niveau dans le domaine des sciences. La recherche est organisée autour de six axes thématiques principaux, que sont le Cancer, la Génétique-Epigénétique, l’Infectiologie, la Recherche interdisciplinaire, la Médecine expérimentale & régénératrice et les Neurosciences. Le Pôle regroupe 23 laboratoires et instituts de recherche publics, 8 équipes d’accueil universitaires dans lesquels travaillent environ un millier de chercheurs et d’enseignants. 


Université de Montpellier

L’université de Montpellier est un établissement d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche situé dans la ville de Montpellier, fondée en 1289. Connue comme possédant l’une des plus anciennes et des plus brillantes écoles de médecine du monde médiéval, Montpellier était aussi réputée pour l’enseignement du droit. Elle est la plus ancienne faculté de médecine encore en exercice. Réparties aujourd’hui en 9 départements scientifiques, les quelque 70 structures de recherche de l’Université de Montpellier sont tournées vers les défis émergents d’un monde en mouvement. De l’exploration spatiale à la robotique, en passant par l’ingénierie écologique ou les maladies chroniques, ses chercheurs mènent des travaux susceptibles d’apporter des réponses inédites au service de l’homme et de son environnement.


RYR-1 Foundation

The mission of the RYR-1 Foundation is to support research leading to an effective treatment or a cure for RYR-1 related diseases. The Foundation achieves this by:
1) supporting research into a potential treatment and cure for RYR-1 related myopathies,
2) physician education about RYR-1 related myopathies, and
3) patient and family support and advocacy.
Members of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board include: Drs. Andrew Marks (Chair), Carsten Bӧnnemann, Robert Dirksen, James Dowling, Susan Hamilton, Se-Jin Lee, and Jerome Parness.
For more information, please go to www.ryr1.org 


Région Languedoc Roussillon

Aux portes de l’Espagne et d’Andorre, le Languedoc-Roussillon est une région de contrastes tournée vers la mer Méditerranée. De la Camargue à la Côte Vermeille, son littoral s’étire sur deux cents kilomètres de sable fin. Parmi ses multiples attraits, plusieurs sites remarquables ont été classés au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, notamment le Pont du Gard, le Canal du Midi, la Cité de Carcassonne et les Chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
Cette destination est aussi une région fière de ses traditions incluant des carnavals, fêtes et jeux traditionnels comme les fêtes des pêcheurs de Gruissan, Sète ou Bouzigues ou les joutes languedociennes à Sète et à Mèze.


Montpellier Métropole

Avec 31 communes et plus de 400 000 habitants, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole participe au vaste mouvement de regroupement communal, urbain et périurbain, engagé dans toute la France. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole devient chef de file sur un vaste champ de compétences. Notre territoire possède un écosystème unique en matière de tissu hospitalier, universitaire, et de start-up spécialisées dans le domaine de la santé. En s’appuyant sur ces atouts et sur la qualité de vie reconnue du territoire, la Métropole souhaite, en collaboration avec les intercommunalités voisines, lutter contre la désertification médicale en travaillant à une complémentarité renforcée entre le CHRU de Montpellier et les centres hospitaliers locaux. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole entend également devenir un territoire de référence suivant la définition de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) : «la santé est un état de complet bien-être physique, mental et social, et ne consiste pas seulement en une absence de maladie ou d’infirmité». Cela passe notamment par la construction d’une stratégie de développement économique autour du bien-être et du bien vieillir.


Montpellier Méditerranée

As a urban destination and a major university city, with not less than 253 000 inhabitants and a 410 000 inhabitant metropolis, Montpellier found the right balance between a big town facilities and the Mediterranean « Dolce Vita ». Montpellier offers a whole set of architectural treasures. Visiting Montpellier means going from an medieval architecture to a contemporary style while discovering outstanding and unusual settings ! This modern city, which still has a desire to developp itself, is also an example of controlled urban planning with areas such as Antigone or Port Marianne. Famous architects such as Jean Nouvel, François Fontès or even Ricardo Bofill have come to Montpellier and designers Garouste, Bonetti and more recently Christian Lacroix have even brought their touch to the town by imaginating the decoration of the Montpellier tramways. The charms of Montpellier lies in this diversified and surprising architecture.