A center of scientific and academic excellence

Massachusetts is a state of 6 million people. It’s a center of scientific and academic excellence: with more than 200 universities and institutions, including some of the most prestigious in the world (Harvard, MIT, etc.), representing a quarter of American academic potential.

MIT and Harvard alone are real economic powers independent from any governmental authority: a recent study on impact shows that MIT (73 Nobel Prizes since 1869) is equivalent to the 11th largest world economy, that is to say the size of Brazil.


Innovation is the driving force behind the Boston and Massachusetts economy. Massachusetts is among the six leading states in terms of new technologies and innovation.

The NETVA program allows for a better understanding and a comprehensive overview of the high-tech ecosystem of Massachusetts.

The historical center of the NETVA program, Boston can benefit from an ecosystem of partners involved with and interested in the French laureates. There is a large scientific French presence as well in Boston.

Many French companies are present in Massachusetts: Air France KLM, Alcatel, Lucent, AXA, Bureau Veritas, Capgemini, Veolia, Dalkia, Groupe SEB, Thales, JCDecaux, Lafarge, Rhodia, Saint Gobain, Sopra, etc.

A Global Benchmark in the Field of Life Sciences

The field of Life Sciences employs 50,000 people, including approximately 6,000 researchers. Massachusetts has made itself a major hub for this sector in the United States (first in the nation tied with California) and continues to attract the global elites (students, researchers, entrepreneurs) and investors following the example of the pharmaceutical field.

In the pharmaceutical field, all the big companies have scientific or industrial interests in Boston, including Sanofi-Aventis.

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