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Biomechanical characterization (MECABIO)

Carnot STAR’s Scientific thematics associated


The MECABIO platform performs mechanical characterization tests on all types of materials, biomaterials or biological materials. It's unique in France and even internationally, located directly in the hospital, and each study performed is associated with a precise clinical need.




  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Mechanical characterization of biological tissues
  • Imaging
  • Nanoindentation


  • Bioreactor
  • Cryostat
  • 3D printer
  • Fatigue machine
  • Traction/ compression/ flexion machine
  • Microindentation
  • Histomorphometrics station
  • Low-speed diamond saw
  • Materials characterization system

Services provided

  • Carrying out mechanical characterization tests on all types of materials, biomaterials or biological materials
  • Fatigue tests
  • Structural or material characterization tests (tensile/ compression, bending machine)
  • Characterization tests on soft and hard tissues (microindentation machine)
  • Bioassays in biochimistry and histology (to understand the microstructure of the material)
  • In vitro bioreactor cell seeding assays
  • Numerical modeling EF, optimization
  • Small animal models
  • Carrying out in-vitro tests with inoculation of cells.

Business sector

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health


Hôpital Sainte Marguerite - ISM - Équipe GIBOC - Faculté de la Timone - École Centrale Marseille