Biopharmaceutical giant Lonza expands its production facilities in Visp

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Ibex Visp Lonza

Lonza will expand its production infrastructure in the canton of Valais with the construction of a sixth production line at its Biopark in Visp, thereby creating around 100 new jobs. Lonza announced an expansion to the company’s microbial manufacturing facility in Visp in the canton of Valais. The new facility will provide mid-scale commercial manufacturing […]

Insolight raises CHF 5 million for its next-generation solar panels

Monday, 3 August 2020
Agrivoltaic PV

Vaud-based start-up Insolight has announced the completion of a Series A Round of CHF 5 million. The company intends to sell its first modules to large solar energy corporates for applications in agrivoltaics. Following a first seed financing round in January 2018, Insolight’s technology has established a world record efficiency of more than 29% for flat […]

University of Bern study provides insights into potential Sars-Cov-2 treatments

Wednesday, 29 July 2020
IVI Bern

An international team with researchers of the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) of the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) showed that an endogenous protein prevents the virus from fusing with host cells. This raises hopes for new therapeutic approaches. A protein produced by the human immune […]

An international Centre of Digital Innovation to be established in Geneva

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to establish a new center for digital innovation and transformation in Geneva. Known as I-CoDI, this new center to be based in Geneva will help ITU Members, Sector Members and other key stakeholders to integrate […]

Bern ranks as the world’s “least stressful” capital city

German mortgage-broker Baufi24 has analyzed 33 world capitals based on four categories (city life, environment, finance and health), ranking them from most to least stressful. What makes a city stressful? Air pollution, hours of sunshine, unemployment rates, population density? These factors and more can either increase or ease the burden of everyday urban life. A […]

Making virtual objects feel real

Friday, 24 July 2020

The sense of touch is underexploited in today’s virtual reality systems. EPFL researchers have created soft actuators that simulate the feeling of touching a virtual object. For virtual reality (VR) to be truly immersive, the sense of touch must be stimulated. Scientists from the School of Engineering’s Soft Transducers Laboratory at EPFL Neuchâtel have developed […]

SSE strengthens its chemical business in Valais

Thursday, 23 July 2020

The SSE Group announces an investment of six million francs over four years to strengthen its position in the field of high-energy chemical reactions. Headquartered in Brig, a city located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Société Suisse des Explosifs (SSE) is an industrial group active in the production of civil explosives, pyrotechnics and […]

EPFL spin-off Artiria Medical raises CHF 3 million to improve stroke treatment

Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Artiria Neurovascular Solutions

Artiria Medical, an EPFL spin-off and neurovascular start-up closed a CHF 3 million Series A financing round to bring its first product through clinical validation and regulatory approval. 13 million people suffer a stroke every year. This brain pathology often leads to severe disabilities and death. Currently, the standard of care is based on a […]

Vaud-based digital asset custody start-up METACO raises $17 million

SILO operating system

METACO, the leading provider of security-critical digital asset infrastructure for financial institutions, has announced a Series A round of $17 million. This funding will drive the next phase of METACO’s growth in sales, product, and partnerships on an international level. Launched in 2018, METACO’s institutional operating system for digital assets, SILO, enables large financial institutions […]

Nespresso invests CHF 160 million in the expansion of its Romont production center

Monday, 13 July 2020
Nespresso Production Center in the canton of Fribourg

Nespresso has announced a CHF 160 million investment to expand its Romont production center to meet increasing consumer demand for its coffees. This expansion is expected to create 300 new jobs. This sum is destined for the expansion of Nespresso’s production center in Romont (canton of Fribourg) in order to meet the growing consumer demand […]