EPFL develops the first synthetic inhibitor for artificial lungs

Wednesday, 26 August 2020
EPFL

In a study led by EPFL, scientists have developed a synthetic blood-thinner that, unlike all others, doesn’t cause bleeding side-effects. The highly potent, highly selective, and highly stable molecule can suppress thrombosis while letting blood clot normally following injury. Patients who suffer from thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke are usually put on drugs that help […]

SolarStratos accomplishes the first solar-powered free fall of all time

Raphaël Domjan, founder and future pilot of the SolarStratos solar aeroplane, has achieved the first ever jump from an electric plane. He also made the first solar-powered free-fall of all time. Exclusively powered by solar energy, the experimental SolarStratos aircraft reached an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,520 meters), allowing project initiator Raphaël Domjan to throw […]

The University of Bern develops longer lasting fuel cells for hydrogen vehicles

Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Electrocatalyst

An international research team led by the University of Bern has succeeded in developing a new process that is industrially applicable and can be used to further optimize fuel cell powered vehicles without CO₂ emissions. Fuel cells are gaining in importance as an alternative to battery-operated electromobility in heavy traffic, especially since hydrogen is a […]

The most sensitive instrument in the search for life in space comes from Bern

Friday, 21 August 2020

Are we alone in the universe? The answer to one of humanity’s most fundamental questions may come from ORIGIN, a highly sensitive mass spectrometer developed by researchers at the University of Bern. Finding evidence of past or present life beyond the Earth is of great scientific importance for a better understanding of how life emerged […]

Swiss scientists revolutionize fluorescence microscopy

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

The glass slides used to prepare samples for looking at under a microscope have hardly changed in the nearly 200 years since their invention. Breaking with tradition, two scientists from EPFL’s Institute of Microengineering in Neuchâtel have developed a new type of microscope slide that enables early-stage diagnosis of some types of cancer. Used in […]

Lugaia adds new building and cleanroom production area to its Valais site

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Lugaia, a company specializing in packaging and disposable systems for the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries, has inaugurated a new building and cleanroom production facility in Raron, in the Swiss canton of Valais. Lugaia – one of the most innovative companies in the field of single-use technology – has inaugurated a new cleanroom production unit […]

University of Geneva spin-off Adiposs combats cancer cachexia

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Geneva-based biotechnology start-up Adiposs has developed a revolutionary medical imaging product capable of detecting a serious syndrome affecting cancer patients: cachexia. The company was granted a CHF 100,000 Tech Seed loan from the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT). Adiposs, a biotech start-up and spin-off from the University of Geneva, has developed an innovative medical […]

Aqua4D’s “made in Valais” technology adopted in 46 countries

Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Cleantech irrigation system

The innovative technology developed by Aqua4D enables farmers to save up to 30% of their irrigation water. It has been adopted by more than 46 countries worldwide. For many years, Aqua4D has been developing innovative solutions supporting sustainable development by optimizing water efficiency and reducing chemical discharges in several industrial sectors. In 2019, its “made […]

Specialist insurance broker Miller opens a new branch in Geneva

Monday, 10 August 2020

London wholesale and specialist reinsurance broker Miller Insurance Services expands its activities by opening a new branch in Geneva. Miller has announced the future opening of its new branch in Geneva, which will initially focus on offering best-in-class credit and political risks solutions to new and existing clients, including financial institutions, commodity traders, exporters and […]

New coronavirus antibody test developed by Bern scientists is three times faster

Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Sars-Cov-2 Neutralization

Using serum samples from COVID-19 patients, a test developed at the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) of the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Office for Food Safety and Animal Health determines the amount of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. In cooperation with colleagues from the Ruhr-University Bochum, research teams from Institute of Virology […]