Luc Soler’s outstanding work with Visible Patient, a Strasbourg start-up and one of the shining stars of MedTech, saw him awarded the 2019 Marius Lavet Prize for engineers and inventors, which he received from Alain Beretz on 18 March.

One prize, two Chief Optimist Officers

Alain Beretz, COO and former President of the University of Strasbourg, presented the 2019 Marius Lavet Prize for engineers and inventors to his fellow COO, Luc Soler, CEO of Visible Patient, Scientific Director of IRCAD in Strasbourg and Associate Professor of the University of Strasbourg’s medical faculty.
The Marius Lavet Prize sets out to highlight the importance of invention and the role played by engineers both in the economy and in society in general. It gives special priority to rewarding inventors whose work becomes a concrete part of the industrial landscape.
Soler and Beretz together represent the scientific excellence and inventive dynamism of the European capital and it’s certainly no coincidence that, as genuine optimists, they are both Chief Optimist Officers !


I dreamt of being a surgeon, suffered a setback, but picked myself back up. Meeting major figures finally help me to achieve my dream, helping surgeons through my inventions #MariusLavetPrize and with lots of optimism.

Luc Soler

Eminent Strasbourg engineer Luc Soler has been rewarded for his outstanding work in augmented surgery and 3D modelling.

An engineer and Doctor of Computer Science, Soler is passionate about surgery, and he joined the Strasbourg-based IRCAD research and education centre after meeting its president, Professor Jacques Marescaux, some 20 years ago.

As CEO of Visible Patient, Soler uses his twin areas of expertise to drive pre-operatory simulation technologies and tools for assisting surgeons, through 3D modelling of organs to be operated.

The surgery of the future is here in Strasbourg

Visible Patient produces and sells patient-specific 3D models based on medical images, for use in surgery planning.

The start-up got off to a great start last January at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, where it won the Pitch competition of the French-speaking village in Smart Health, the CES flagship category.

In true Europtimist fashion, excellence and dynamism were the keywords of the ceremony!