Bern start-up SurgeonsLab brings improved accuracy to microsurgeries

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

SurgeonsLab has developed a 4D microsurgical simulator that serves as a pre-operative training tool for surgeons, allowing them to practice surgical procedures several times before operating on the real patient. Neurovascular structures are extremely sensitive to mechanical disorders, and surgical interventions can leave behind considerable consequential damage if performed improperly. But how exactly can neurosurgeons […]

The first quantum smartphone integrates a technology made in Geneva

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
ID Quantique QRNG technology

Using Geneva’s ID Quantique quantum random number generator technology, Samsung and SK Telekom will launch the first quantum consumer smartphone. Samsung, SK Telecom and ID Quantique partnered to release a custom edition of the Galaxy A71 5G – the Galaxy A Quantum, the world’s first QRNG-powered 5G smartphone – which will feature a Quantum Random […]

Technis develops an automated customer flow management solution

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Vaud-based startup Technis has turned its floor-counting system into a foot-traffic-management solution that tracks the number of people entering and leaving a store. Its technology will come in handy as governments lift lockdown measures but keep social distancing requirements in place. Faced with a flurry of new orders and a unique business opportunity, the young […]

EPFL launches Center for Intelligent Systems

Center for Intelligent Systems

EPFL’s new Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) will act as a research promotion platform for bringing together experts in machine learning, data science, computer vision, cyberphysical systems and robotics. Initially conceived to unite the schools of Engineering (STI), Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) and Basic Sciences (SB), the recently launched CIS’ main mission is to […]

Crypto Valley Conference 2020

Crypto Valley Conference 2020

15 June 2020, online

The 7th Swiss Conference on Data Science

SDS2020

26 June 2020, online

The University of Bern develops a new approach to control agricultural pests

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

In a new study, researchers from the University of Bern developed an experimental approach that opens up a new avenue for the improvement of biological control strategies towards a more sustainable, pesticide-free agriculture. Over the past decade, scientists at the Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) at the University of Bern have unraveled the mechanisms that […]

How Swiss scale-up Smixin battles the spread of infectious disease worldwide

If there is one thing that we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of viruses, germs and bacteria. Swiss cleantech scale-up Smixin has developed an innovative handwashing system combining hygiene and sustainability. The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of practicing good hand […]

An autonomous robot for disinfecting workplaces created in Fribourg

Monday, 11 May 2020

Start-up Rovenso has modified one of its machines to turn it into a disinfecting robot that uses the projection of ultraviolet rays. This “made in Fribourg” robot might become a helpful solution against coronavirus. Founded in 2016, EPFL spin-off Rovenso is specialized in the development of monitoring robots. Based in Villaz-Saint-Pierre in the canton of Fribourg, the company […]

Bern synthetic coronavirus clone goes “viral”

Thursday, 7 May 2020

In mid-February, a team of researchers from the University of Bern succeeded in reconstructing a synthetic clone of the novel coronavirus using a new yeast cell system. These synthetic clones are now being used by research groups worldwide to test coronavirus samples and potential antiviral agents. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpasses 3.7 […]

Fribourg scientists develop olfactory test to detect Covid-19

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Researchers from the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health and the University of Fribourg are conducting a study to determine whether the loss of taste and smell is a reliable biomarker of a Covid-19 infection. Lavinia Alberi, a researcher at the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH) at BlueFactory, and Jean-Marie Annoni, a professor at […]

Valais company Steiger invents 3D knitting

Since inventing the world’s first fully electronic knitting machine in 1979, Steiger has been a pioneer in the design of industrial knitting machines. The company has recently developed a machine that knits products in three dimensions. Steiger develops and manufactures flat knitting machines for the fashion, medical and industrial sectors. Founded in France in 1949, […]

Volvo uses Daphne’s design to help fight coronavirus

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

In normal times, Daphne Technology fights against air pollutants. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lausanne-based company has promptly responded to a new challenge: protecting healthcare workers from droplets containing coronavirus particles. Daphne, a green technology company based in Lausanne with an office in Sweden, has made its expertise in air purification […]

A new coworking space for “tech for good” projects

Friday, 24 April 2020

Opened in March in the canton of Geneva, HiFlow offers private offices from 23 to 300 m², in a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from high-quality services and infrastructures. In a constantly changing economic world, workplaces must be able to adapt and reinvent themselves. In the heart of the Industrial Zone of Plan-Les-Ouates, in the canton of […]

Intensive mask use: the solution of a Swiss start-up

Thursday, 23 April 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss start-up Helvitek Labs, based in Lausanne, has developed an add-on for protective masks to prevent bruising due to prolonged daily use by healthcare workers. Pictures circulated everywhere: hospital staff with bruised faces due to the compulsory daily use of surgical and/or FFP2 masks. This new reality due […]

EPFL and the University of Bern help launch International Climate Alliance

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

The International Universities Climate Alliance was established earlier this month to promote and support climate-related research. EPFL and the University of Bern are among the inaugural members of this new global network. The Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Bern (UniBE) are two of the world’s 40 leading climate research universities […]

EPFL develops a new app that can help detect COVID-19

Monday, 20 April 2020

EPFL researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that can listen to a person’s cough and indicate if this person is infected with COVID-19. With the new Coughvid app, developed by five researchers at EPFL’s Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL), a person can record their cough on a smartphone and find out whether they might have […]

CERN establishes task force to fight COVID-19

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

CERN, the world leading laboratory in particle physics, has established a task force to identify and support contributions from its community to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Set up at the end of March, the “CERN against Covid-19” task force has already received hundreds of messages suggesting ideas ranging from producing sanitizer gel to designing and […]

Detecting past infections of COVID‐19, Influenza or SARS simultaneously

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Swiss start-up Adamant Innotech and CSEM are developing a rapid serological test to determine if a person has been previously infected with the SARS‐CoV‐2 virus and other types of viruses. Adamant Innotech, a Neuchâtel-based start-up specialized in miniaturized optical technologies, is working with CSEM on a new test that detects, among others, the antibodies binding […]

A smart bra for detecting early-stage breast cancer

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

EPFL students have teamed up with start-up IcosaMed to develop the SmartBra, the first piece of smart clothing that can be used for cancer prevention. A group of Master’s students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) has teamed up with start-up company IcosaMed to develop a bra with a breast cancer screening device. […]

Distilling hand sanitizer amid disinfectant shortage

Monday, 6 April 2020

To help combat the shortage of hydro-alcoholic gel, a Swiss distillery is using the available supply of its flagship alcohol to produce a hand sanitizer that is both sustainable and exceptional. In this time of pandemic, disinfectant products have become a rare commodity in stores. Morand Distillery, a family business founded in 1889 in Martigny, […]

EPFL software to enable secure data-sharing for hospitals

The MedCo system aims to facilitate medical research on pathologies — such as cancer and infectious diseases — by enabling secure computations on decentralized data. After a year of intense cooperation with hospital IT and legal experts, MedCo has now been deployed across the university hospitals of Lausanne, Geneva, and Bern. First released in 2019 […]

Two researchers from the University of Bern awarded the prestigious ERC grant

Two researchers from the University of Bern will each be awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Their research projects will be supported with 2.5 million euros each over 5 years. Jean-Louis Reymond from the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Sven Rottenberg from the Institute of Animal Pathology at […]

Biotech leader CSL offers to lend its expertise to fight COVID-19

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

As COVID-19 cases mount, global biotech leader CSL has offered to help governments around the world by lending its expertise, technologies and facilities to help support rapid, scaled development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments. CSL is currently exploring the development of a hyperimmune serum that could be derived from the blood plasma of people who […]

A “made in Bern” app to manage COVID-19 infectious samples

Monday, 30 March 2020

The Institute for Infectious Diseases of the University of Bern and the University Emergency Center of the University Hospital of Bern have jointly developed the “Biorisk Manager” application. It provides healthcare professionals with detailed information on risks and instructions for handling infectious samples from humans and animals. Developed by the Biological Risk Management Network, a […]

Hand sanitizer: a Swiss invention that has been saving lives for decades

The most sought after product in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is a Swiss invention. The hydro-alcoholic gel was formulated in the 1970s by William Griffiths, then a pharmacist at Fribourg Cantonal Hospital. The solution was further developed and democratized by Didier Pittet, an infectious diseases expert at Geneva University Hospitals. In 1974, the […]

Reusable masks to fight coronavirus: a Swiss start-up has the solution

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Swoxid, a cleantech start-up spun from the Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, has developed the first prototypes of a reusable antiviral mask. The current COVID-19 pandemic is made even worse by shortages of critical medical supplies, including protective masks. Many healthcare workers around the world […]

Neuchâtel’s 1DROP brings medical diagnostics to the International Space Station

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Neuchâtel-based start-up 1DROP’s medical equipment was carried to the International Space Station on the occasion of SpaceX’s 20th commercial resupply service mission for NASA. 1DROP Diagnostics, a Neuchâtel-based start-up dedicated to enabling precision medicine through non-invasive diagnostic tests, developed 1DROP a portable medical diagnostics device currently capable of detecting biomarkers of cardiovascular health, liver and kidney […]

“We have all the advantages to develop a competitive industry in Switzerland”

Monday, 23 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the fragility of our globalized and interdependent economies. For American-Swiss professor Suzanne de Treville, a specialist in helping firms relocate their industrial activities to the west, this crisis should serve as a reminder of the risks associated with lengthening the production chain. In just a few weeks, the coronavirus has […]

Swiss scientists develop new screening procedure for Alzheimer’s disease

A team of researchers from the University of Fribourg has shown that the analysis of the microbial flora present in the saliva enables the early identification of patients at risk. An important breakthrough for the implementation of preventive treatments. Researchers at the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH) and the University of Fribourg used olfactory […]

Abionic’s sepsis diagnostic test could be useful in Covid-19

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Septic shock is one of the major complications of Covid-19. Vaud-based start-up Abionic, specialized in the miniaturization of diagnostic tests, has developed a test that can detect sepsis in five minutes. Sepsis is the most common cause of death in intensive care units. It is a syndrome characterized by the body’s extreme response to infection […]

Expert System opens subsidiary in Geneva

Friday, 13 March 2020

The Italian group intends to consolidate its position in the Swiss artificial intelligence market, with a focus on the finance, insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as on international organizations. Expert System, a software developer specialized in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and semantic technology, has launched a new subsidiary in Geneva. Headquartered in Italy and […]

ArtTech start-up iazzu moves to Biel

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

iazzu’s innovative technology propels art galleries, institutions, artists and collectors into the digital age. iazzu is a Swiss technology company specializing in the art sector. Since January 2020, it has been supported by the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) and the Bern Economic Development Agency (BEDA). In parallel, the company moved its headquarters from Zurich […]

In a challenging international environment, Western Switzerland confirms its appeal with 79 newly established companies in 2019. The sector-specific approach is bearing fruit. After strengthening its presence in China and the U.S., the GGBa is now focusing on Germany and Northern Europe

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Western Switzerland performs well with 79 newly established companies in 2019 the sector-specific approach targeting life sciences, robotics and fintech companies is bearing fruit French investments are on the rise, while new investments from the U.S. are down after strengthening its presence in China (Shenzhen) and the U.S. (Silicon Valley), the GGBa is expanding into […]

Lausanne Hospitality School named best hospitality school in the world

Monday, 9 March 2020

The EHL School of Hospitality in Lausanne has been ranked as the world’s leading institution in the field of hospitality management education. The Lausanne School of Hospitality (EHL) was named the world’s leading institution in the field of hospitality management education in the “2020 QS World University ranking“. Last year, the school’s restaurant became the first […]

The University of Neuchâtel is developing a miniature atomic clock

Friday, 6 March 2020

The Time and Frequency Laboratory of the University of Neuchâtel is working on a new generation of atomic clocks, in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Time holds almost no secrets for scientists at the Time and Frequency Laboratory (LTF) of the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE). For the past 13 years, they have been exploring […]

Geneva creates the Geneva Cities Hub to amplify the voices of cities

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The Swiss authorities have launched a new initiative in Geneva to strengthen ties between cities and city networks around the world and the various international organizations and players based in Switzerland.  An association under Swiss law, the Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) will link local authorities around the world to the unique networks of international organizations, […]

Breakthrough in coronavirus research at the University of Bern

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Researchers at the University of Bern have developed a technique to produce synthetic clones of the new coronavirus strain. Switzerland is at the forefront in the fight against coronavirus. A team from the Institute of Virology and Immunology at the University of Bern, led by Professor Volker Thiel, has succeeded in creating a synthetic clone […]

Valais-based start-up Eyeware heads to the Silicon Valley

As a finalist in the Venture Leaders Technology 2020 programme, the Valais-based start-up Eyeware has been given the opportunity to enter the American market and to meet industry leaders and international investors. The Venture Leaders Technology 2020 programme, organized by VentureLab, offers Swiss technology start-ups the opportunity to enter the US market, build an international […]

Idiap: a new research group to explore the role of AI in genomics

The Idiap research institute now hosts a bioinformatics research group focusing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Known above all for its advances in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, the Idiap research institute now hosts a new research group on the relationship between computer science and genetics. It is headed by bioinformatician Raphaëlle Luisier. […]

French hospitality group Appart’City opens its first establishment in Geneva

Monday, 24 February 2020

The French leader of “apartment-hotels” continues its international development with the opening of its first establishment in Vernier in the canton of Geneva. With over 100 establishments in various major European cities, Appart’City is opening its first establishment on Swiss territory with the “Appart’City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier”, a brand new 4-star apartment-hotel comprising 96 […]

Lausanne to host the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2020

Friday, 21 February 2020

After the Youth Olympic Games in January and before the World Hockey, Petanque and Road Cycling Championships later this year, Lausanne will host the largest sports convention in the world from 19-24 April 2020. The SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit – a 6-day annual gathering bringing together representatives from more than 100 international sports […]

Bee Vectoring Technologies opens European office and R&D center in Fribourg

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) has announced the opening of its new European office in the Agri & Co Innovation Center. Bee Vectoring Technologies has chosen AgriCo, the Swiss campus for agri food and innovation (located in St-Aubin in the canton of Fribourg), to open its European office as well as an R&D center. This move […]

CSEM leads breakthrough research in regenerative medicine

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

A European research project coordinated by CSEM in Neuchâtel aims to offer an alternative to donor organ transplants: manufacturing human liver tissue patches through 3D printing. End-stage liver failure is a major healthcare challenge. While transplantation is the most effective way to re-establish a functioning liver, less than 10% of global transplantation needs are currently […]

Say cheese: Swiss space telescope CHEOPS takes first pictures

Friday, 7 February 2020

CHEOPS, a joint mission of the European Space Agency and Switzerland launched on 18 December 2019, has successfully taken its first images of the sky. The first images from the space telescope were crucial as they confirmed that the optics had survived the rocket launch in good shape. But there’s one more piece of good […]

Valais trains engineers for the future

Lonza and HES-SO Valais-Wallis have entered into a training and research partnership with the goal to meet Lonza’s need for qualified personnel. The specialty chemicals group has invested heavily in its Valais site in recent years. Lonza and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland – Valais-Wallis signed a strategic partnership agreement in […]

Merck invests CHF270 million in new Swiss facility

Friday, 31 January 2020

Located near Merck’s current biotech commercial manufacturing site in Corsier-sur-Vevey, the new Biotech Development Center will bring together research and manufacturing. German drugmaker Merck is investing 270 million Swiss francs in a new facility in Corsier-sur-Vevey, in the French-speaking canton of Vaud. Once fully operational by the end of 2022, the new Merck Biotech Development […]

EPFL scientists invent emission-free trucks

Researchers at EPFL Valais Wallis have patented a new technology that could cut trucks’ CO2 emissions by almost 90%. Climate change fueled by human-caused emissions is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. Transport is a major polluter, responsible for nearly 30% of Europe’s total CO2 emissions. Scientists at EPFL Valais Wallis have […]

GE Healthcare to build new manufacturing facility in Switzerland

Thursday, 30 January 2020

GE Healthcare Life Sciences announces plans for a new 7,360 square meter facility in Grens, in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, to meet the increasing global demand for cell and gene therapies. GE Healthcare Life Sciences, a division of US-based multinational GE Healthcare, is investing in a new manufacturing facility in Signy Park, a business […]

Scale-ups Flyability and Pix4D team up to model interiors with a drone

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The anti-collision drone manufacturer Flyability and the aerial image processing and transformation software developer Pix4D are joining forces to add a Pix4Dmapper photogrammetry module – the industry leading solution – to the Elios 2 rough terrain inspection robot. The two companies are located in the canton of Vaud, very close to each other, which has […]

Geneva Blockchain Congress 2020 to address sustainability in business

Friday, 20 December 2019

Following the success of its inaugural edition in 2019, the Geneva Blockchain Congress returns to the Swiss city with a focus on blockchain and sustainability. The second edition of the Geneva Blockchain Congress will take place on 20 January 2020. The event theme From Lab to Market, through Ethics, Regulation and Governance will examine all […]

Neuchâtel seeks to increase the population’s understanding of blockchain technology

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Although companies are increasingly integrating blockchain into their projects, this technology remains a challenging one for citizens. With his NEDAO project, Fabio Bonfiglio intends to change that. NEDAO is a project intended to provide citizens, SMEs and institutions of the canton of Neuchâtel with a unique opportunity to experiment new technologies (smart contracts, DAO, etc.) […]

Bern to become the world’s leading hub for environment and sustainability research

Monday, 16 December 2019

The Wyss Academy for Nature – a joint initiative of the Wyss Foundation, the Canton of Bern, and the University of Bern – is on a mission to develop, test, and scale up innovations to harmonize nature conservation, human well-being, and natural resource use all around the world. In recent decades, rapid societal developments have […]

CSEM technology to measure global warming by satellite

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

On the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP25), the Neuchâtel-based CSEM emphasized the decisive role played by Swiss technology in the measurement by satellite of global warming and the observation of associated meteorological phenomena. High-performance instruments resulting from Swiss technological research programs are contained in the three MetOp meteorological satellites placed in […]

Idiap hosts the first non-US site of the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative invites industry players to join forces in a cooperative effort to support and drive high quality research in biometrics and in return, to have privileged access to the developed technologies. Idiap is the host of the first non-US site. Already involved with various US labs, the Swiss Center for […]

Crypto Valley: official launch of the Western Switzerland Chapter

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Switzerland is a blockchain nation: the cluster of blockchain companies and foundations extends far beyond the borders of the small town of Zug where it originated, encompassing the whole country. The Crypto Valley Association is now officially connecting Zug with Western Switzerland. The Crypto Valley Association officially launched its Western Switzerland Chapter on 2 December […]

Breakthrough in malaria research at the University of Bern

Monday, 2 December 2019

An international scientific consortium has for the first time investigated the genome of the malaria parasite Plasmodium throughout its life cycle in a large-scale experiment. Researchers were able to identify hundreds of targets that are urgently needed drug and vaccine development to eradicate the disease. An international consortium led by Professors Volker Heussler from the […]

Europe’s first business and human rights center launched in Geneva

Friday, 29 November 2019

The Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights will work with companies to develop business models that allow profits and principles to co-exist. Since the early 1980s, a globalized economy has helped create millions of new jobs, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty. Yet at the same time there are frequent […]

Lausanne is the best small city in the world

The Swiss city tops the inaugural edition of Monocle’s Small Cities Index, which ranks the best 25 small cities in the world with a population under 200,000. Small, but great: according to Monocle, Lausanne is the ideal choice for those seeking a quieter place to call home. The global affairs and lifestyle magazine has published […]

French company La Salle Blanche opens a subsidiary in Valais

Thursday, 28 November 2019

For more than 30 years, LSB has been active in the health, pharma and research sectors. The company will now be able to meet the needs of the Swiss market. Based in Apt, in southeastern France, La Salle Blanche specializes in the design, construction and installation of clean rooms and controlled atmosphere areas. It is […]

Launch of the Swiss Cybersecurity Specialist federal certificate

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The new professional profile of Cybersecurity Specialist with a federal certificate was officially launched on 11 November 2019, with the aim of turning future graduates into ICT security experts. The new national Cyber Security Specialist Certificate provides training for specialists so that they can acquire practical skills to effectively manage cyber risks. After the approval […]

Start-ups in the canton of Vaud raised CHF 400 million in 2019

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Nearly CHF 400 million have already been raised by start-ups since the beginning of the year thanks to the support of the canton of Vaud’s innovation agency Innovaud. Created in 2013 at the initiative of the canton of Vaud and its founding members, the innovation agency Innovaud has obtained a significant growth in the amounts […]

Square One: a global center for the Economy of Trust

Friday, 18 October 2019

SICPA, the world’s main supplier of ultra-securitized ink for bank notes, is building a unique campus in Lausanne to bring together diverse partners promoting the Economy of Trust. In a world where trust is ever more at risk, the goal is to develop new products, services and regulations to protect the interest of citizens. With […]

The canton of Fribourg launches the AgriCo campus in St-Aubin

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The new AgriCo campus in St-Aubin, dedicated to creating value in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and biomass, has officially been launched. With large constructible industrial areas, service or laboratory buildings, one million square meters of agricultural land offering possibilities for large-scale testing, the AgriCo campus – Swiss Campus for Agri and Food Innovation – […]

GF inaugurates the most modern innovation and production center for machine tools in Biel

After a construction period of two years, GF Machining Solutions, a division of GF, inaugurated its new innovation and production center in Biel, an investment of about CHF 100 million providing space for around 450 employees. GF Machining Solutions‘ three former sites in Nidau, Ipsach and Luterbach will be united under one roof in Biel. […]

Indian pharma ACG Inspection opens European HQ in Switzerland

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

ACG Inspection has chosen the Y-Parc scientific and technological site in Yverdon for its European headquarters. The company is expected to create around 50 new jobs, with an investment of 5 million Swiss francs over three years. ACG Inspection focuses on the traceability of pharmaceutical products, using new technologies that enable manufacturers to comply with […]

World’s first high altitude floating solar park unveiled in Valais

Friday, 11 October 2019

The first part of a future large-scale floating solar park was launched on October 9 on Lac des Toules, an alpine reservoir lake in southwestern Switzerland. While similar installations exist – at sea level – in the UK or Japan, this is the first alpine floating solar station in the world. The energy revolution is […]

Two laureates of the Nobel Prize in Physics at the University of Geneva

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the University of Geneva have received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of an exoplanet in orbit around a solar-type star. On 6 October 1995, Michel Mayor, Professor at the Observatory of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva, and his doctoral student Didier Queloz […]

Swatch inaugurates its new headquarters in Biel

Swatch has inaugurated its new headquarters and two museums in Biel. This represents an investment of nearly CHF 220 million in the canton of Bern. Swatch‘s new headquarters, a large wooden structure shaped like a snake, is 240 meters long and 35 meters wide. At its highest point, the wall measures 27 meters and is […]

A blockchain-centric training institute in Geneva

Monday, 7 October 2019

A new Geneva-based training institute specializing exclusively in blockchain provides engineers with training on complex programming languages such as Ethereum, Hyperledger, Tezos, Stellar Ripple and Libra. Launched in early October 2019 in Geneva, the main objective of the Swiss Blockchain Institute is to close the gap between the current number of trained professionals and the […]

Dutch chemicals group DSM expands Valais facility

Friday, 4 October 2019

The global leader in vitamin development and manufacturing DSM has announced an investment of 55 million Swiss francs in its production facility in Lalden, Switzerland, on the northern edge of the Rhone valley. The construction of the new plant, which will consist of several buildings, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of […]

Geneva welcomes the CyberPeace Institute

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Geneva welcomes the CyberPeace Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting vulnerable communities, promoting transparency and participating in international discussions about behaviour in cyberspace. As part of a new initiative to secure cyberspace, the CyberPeace Institute has three main missions. The first is to coordinate recovery efforts for the most vulnerable victims of cyber attacks. The […]

Novelis celebrates 10 years of innovation in Valais

Monday, 30 September 2019

In Sierre, Novelis operates a world-leading Research & Innovation Center specialized in the development of new automotive sheet alloys, surface treatment and joining technologies. Novelis is the largest producer of laminated aluminum products and one of the most prolific recyclers of aluminum in the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, in the United States, the company has […]

Fintech platform YouHodler opens Swiss office

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Attracted by Switzerland’s outstanding blockchain community, national infrastructure and innovation support mechanisms, YouHodler has recently established a presence in Lausanne. Cryptocurrency loans platform YouHodler has announced the establishment of a subsidiary in Lausanne, in the French-speaking canton of Vaud. The company provides crypto-backed lending solutions with fiat (USD and EUR) and stablecoins, as well as […]

The Lausanne-based video game studio SunnySide selected by Apple

Monday, 23 September 2019

Togawa Among Shadows, developed by the Lausanne-based studio SunnySide Games, is part of the launch catalogue for the new Apple Arcade video game service. Newly available, Apple Arcade offers a hundred video game titles for six francs a month. In this catalogue, an adventure will allow players to control the wizard Chimù, evolving in a […]

Two Swiss universities among the global leaders in crypto education

Thursday, 12 September 2019

EPFL and ETH Zurich rank 5th and 8th respectively in the Coinbase 2019 Leaders in Crypto Education list. Digital currency exchange platform Coinbase has released the second edition of its Leaders in Crypto Education report, which includes a ranking of the 50 best universities in the world offering courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The […]

Start-up Insolight receives EUR 10.6 million from the European Commission

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

The European Commission has paid EUR 10.6 million to the Vaud-based start-up Insolight, which specializes in high-efficiency photovoltaics. Coordinated by the CSEM, the project aims to boost the solar industry in Europe. The European Union has just allocated EUR 10.6 million to the HIPERION project (Hybrid Photovoltaics for Efficiency Record using Integrated Optical technology). This […]

Microcity inaugurates a new site in Neuchâtel

Monday, 9 September 2019

Microcity has inaugurated the third site of its innovation hub, a new space for exchanges and creativity in the heart of the canton of Neuchâtel. With the opening of its third activity site, a modern collaborative space with a refined design, Microcity wants to bring together all the actors of innovation under one roof. “The […]

EPFL spin-off Astrocast raises CHF 9 million

EPFL spin-off Astrocast has announced a CHF 9 million fundraising effort to accelerate the launch of its commercial constellation. Switzerland’s leading satellite operator Astrocast announced that it had completed a CHF 9 million Series A fundraising campaign, bringing the total funds raised by the Vaud-based company since its inception to CHF 16.6 million. “With this […]

EPFL spin-off SWISSto12 raises CHF 18.1 million

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The EPFL spin-off SWISSto12, which specializes in antennae for satellite communication, has raised CHF 18.1 million, enabling it to accelerate the commercialization of its 3D printed waveguides. The EPFL spin-off SWISSto12, a supplier of telecommunications components for the satellite and aerospace industries, announced the closing of a CHF 18.1 million round of financing. The company’s […]

World XR Forum: VR, AR and MR become reality in Crans-Montana

Thursday, 22 August 2019

XR professionals will meet in the idyllic Swiss Alpine town of Crans-Montana from 5 to 9 September 2019 to collectively shape the future of immersive realities. Virtual and augmented realities are poised to revolutionize the way we work, learn, consume and access content. Future-oriented and tech-savvy, Switzerland has a key role to play in this […]

The University of Bern receives prestigious grants for its research programs

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Underlining the unique quality of medical research at the University of Bern, two researchers receive a prestigious grant under two “Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs”, which primarily support research in the USA. The biomedical scientists Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Robert Rieben were the only researchers in Switzerland to receive a grant from the American “Congressionally […]

Biopôle welcomes a new tech company

Monday, 5 August 2019

HeX Group, a leading company specializing in air monitoring and contamination control, has opened a subsidiary in Switzerland with the support of the GGBa. A Belgian-French SME with 30 employees, HeX innovates the notion of quality control in so-called sensitive environments, such as the pharmaceutical and hospital environment, through a unique global approach. The company […]

Lake Geneva region ranks 4th worldwide in innovation strength

The Lake Geneva region ranks 4th in a comparison of 10 global innovation hubs. The new BAK Economics Technology Leadership Index shows which regions occupy top positions for cutting-edge technologies. Technological progress has a key role in enhancing the growth, prosperity and competitiveness of a region. Based on the international patent system, the new BAK […]

Bosch subsidiary Scintilla invests CHF 32 million in Valais

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The extension of the Scintilla branch of German group Bosch has been inaugurated in St. Niklaus in the canton of Valais. Investments in buildings, production machines and in optimizing the value stream will amount to CHF 32 million by 2020. The new two-storey building of the Scintilla branch of the German Bosch group has been […]

Icare opens a subsidiary in Switzerland

Friday, 26 July 2019

The French leader in microbiological analyses in the field of industrial health has chosen La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the French-speaking canton of Neuchâtel, for its first European subsidiary. The French group Icare, specialized in the control of contamination in the field of industrial health, has opened a subsidiary in Switzerland with the support of the GGBa. […]

Precision agriculture startup Gamaya raises CHF 12 million

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

An EPFL spinoff active in precision agriculture, Gamaya has completed a CHF 12 million financing round and is now entering its commercialization phase. Gamaya develops an aerial imaging system that provides information on land condition and composition. Thanks to the use of a miniature hyperspectral camera embedded in a drone, its technology makes it possible […]

BASF invests in its Monthey site

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Chemical giant BASF will be investing several million Swiss francs to increase the production capacity of its Monthey site. The new production lines will be operational from 2021. To meet the growing demand for optical brighteners, used mainly in laundry, BASF will invest several million Swiss Francs in its manufacturing plant in Monthey in the […]

Flybotix introduces a new type of drone

Monday, 22 July 2019

The EPFL startup Flybotix has built a new type of drone, with a propulsion system consisting of only two propellers. Smaller drones all face the same dilemma: their flight time is limited by propeller efficiency and battery weight, which requires missions to be interrupted at regular intervals to change or recharge the battery. Flybotix has […]

Start-up L.E.S.S. raises CHF 14 million

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Thanks to its fundraising of CHF 14 million, L.E.S.S. will double its workforce and manufacturing capacity. The objective is to produce more than one million units per year. Based in Renens in the canton of Vaud and founded by former EPFL alumni, L.E.S.S. develops nano-active optical fibers to generate a new type of light, an […]

The EPFL partners with IBM in quantum computing

Monday, 8 July 2019

The EPFL will be part of the IBM Q Network, which will give the university access to additional computing power that can be used for several research projects, ranging from energy to health. IBM has announced it has selected the EPFL to be part of its “Q Network”, a network of institutions and companies that […]

Bracco invests 60 million euros in Geneva

Monday, 1 July 2019

The Italian group is launching the construction of a second production line in Geneva to support the strong growth of its medical imaging product Hexagon. Bracco is announcing a €60 million investment in Geneva for the construction of a new multifunctional building, which will double the production of its ultrasound contrast product SonoVue / Lumason. […]

METACO, AlgoTrader and Cysec announce a strategic partnership

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Three Swiss fintech startups have joined forces to create a technology solution that allows financial institutions to seamlessly integrate, manage and trade cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets. The Vaud-based startups Metaco and Cysec have joined forces with Zurich-based AlgoTrader in a strategic partnership. The three companies have implemented a technology solution that allows financial institutions, including […]

The IOC inaugurates Olympic House

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on 23 June 2019 during the celebration of Olympic Day, also marking the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC. The inauguration of Olympic House will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2012 when the IOC decided to move […]

The IAEA officially recognizes the EPFL for its nuclear expertise

Monday, 17 June 2019

The International Atomic Energy Agency has appointed the EPFL as one of its worldwide Collaborating Centers. The EPFL has been officially designated as a Collaborating Center of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the areas of open source data and code development for nuclear applications. The IAEA is the leading global and intergovernmental organization for scientific and […]

Bern start-up RetinAI raises CHF 2.3 million

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Bern-based start-up RetinAI, specialized in ophthalmic diagnostics using AI, has just raised CHF 2.3 million. RetinAI, founded in 2016, creates software tools to aggregate, manage and analyze medical data. Thanks to machine learning, RetinAI’s solution analyzes medical imaging, identifying different eye diseases in time and hence slowing down their progress through regular monitoring. The […]

First worldwide accreditation for a laboratory of the University of Bern

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) of the University of Bern is the first accredited laboratory worldwide to offer nanopore sequencing for the identification of bacteria. The Institute for Infection Diseases (IFIK) of the University of Bern is the first laboratory worldwide to have received the ISO/IEC 17025:2018 accreditation status to sequence specific DNA fragments […]

Bern Center for Precision Medicine inaugurated

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM) of the University of Bern and Inselspital has officially opened its doors on 20 May 2019. The University of Bern and the Insel Gruppe have founded the Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM) with the support of the canton. The Center, now officially inaugurated, aims to develop new […]

MegaVerse offers on-demand cybersecurity training

Based at the Edtech Collider of the EPFL and Microcity in Neuchâtel, the startup MegaVerse uses artificial intelligence at the heart of its adaptive learning platform. The MegaVerse platform, based at the Edtech Collider of the EPFL in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and at Microcity in Neuchâtel, offers gamified cybersecurity sensitization scenarios, which […]

Idiap becomes the world’s third biometrics certification center

Monday, 20 May 2019

The FIDO Alliance, the leading provider of authentication standards, has just confirmed the certification of Idiap’s biometrics center. The Idiap research institute, based in Martigny in the canton of Valais, becomes the third member of the FIDO Alliance, a very exclusive club at the heart of security issues related to this sensitive and rapidly growing […]

Facebook establishes its blockchain payment company in Geneva

Facebook has chosen Geneva to create Libra Networks, which will enable the social network to develop payment and financing services using blockchain technology and big data. Facebook has chosen Geneva to establish a company called Libra Networks. The purpose of this structure is to provide services and to develop solutions using blockchain technology and big […]

Western Switzerland’s life sciences ecosystem celebrated in Startup Genome’s 2019 ranking

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Western Switzerland makes its first appearance in the Startup Genome’s 2019 Life Sciences Ecosystem Ranking, praising the region for its global reach and multiple strengths in this field. Commonly referred to as the Health Valley, Western Switzerland has made its first appearance in Startup Genome’s and the Global Entrepreneurship Network’s 2019 Life Sciences Ecosystem System […]

Aero41 develops a drone for the protection of crops

Located in the canton of Vaud, halfway between the Valais and Vaud vineyards, close to the technological hubs at the forefront of robotics and IT technology of the future, Aero41 is a new structure created to develop drone-based crop protection in Switzerland. For the past several seasons, drones dedicated to crop protection have progressively found […]

A Fintech Executive Education Program launches in Geneva

Monday, 13 May 2019

The University of Geneva and the Geneva Finance Research Institute are launching the first Executive Education program in fintech. The University of Geneva is the first university in Switzerland offering a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Fintech. In collaboration with the Geneva Finance Research Institute, the goal of the Fintech program is to develop […]

A new Switzerland Innovation building in Biel

The new building, estimated at CHF 45 million and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, offers a unique platform in Switzerland in the area of the Industry 4.0. Located in the immediate vicinity of Biel’s main train station, the new five-storey building will accommodate international and national projects. With a total surface […]

EPFL among Europe’s most innovative universities

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Five Swiss institutions have made it into the Reuters ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities. EPFL was ranked fifth. Switzerland’s two federal institutes of technology made it into the top ten of the 2019 Reuters ranking of the most innovative universities in Europe, which “identifies and thanks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, […]

Start-up INVOLI receives the PERL innovation trophy

Monday, 6 May 2019

INVOLI, a start-up specializing in the integration of UAVs in air traffic, won the award for most innovative company of the year. The PERL competition, created in 2003, rewards the most innovative young companies whose development and job creation prospects in the region are promising. This year, the start-up INVOLI, based in Renens in the […]

Agropôle for the agriculture of tomorrow

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

By drawing on the experience gained over generations, Agropôle’s mission is to act for the future by stimulating innovation in the agro-food industry. With a budget of between 40 and 50 million francs, five new buildings entirely dedicated to innovation in agriculture and food are to be built at the Agropôle of Molondin in the […]

The University of Bern joins The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

The University of Bern has become part of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) to improve its international radius of influence and to benefit its researchers. To support its internationalization strategy’s efforts, the University of Bern has joined The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. This situation will allow the University to benefit from […]

Neuchâtel’s CSEM leads the PEGGASUS consortium

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Led by CSEM, the PEGGASUS consortium is set to enable new types of human–machine interface (HMI) across cockpit avionics, pushing the boundaries of augmentation in the cockpit. Using the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision technologies, this European-funded project will integrate—for the first time—remote eye-gaze tracking and gesture recognition for pilots in a […]

Turning chicken feathers into plastic

Friday, 26 April 2019

In Fribourg, the Plastics Innovation Competence Center has a mission to facilitate plastic recycling and develop polymers based on renewable raw materials. It is currently working on an innovative thermoplastic made from chicken feathers. How can the composition of plastic objects be optimized to facilitate recycling? What organic materials can be used to create more […]

Lausanne ready to welcome one of the largest SportsTech events in Europe

Thursday, 25 April 2019

The second edition of THE SPOT will take place from 28 to 29 May 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. The event, organized by ThinkSport, aims at stimulating progress in sport by bringing together original ideas and the latest innovations from both inside and outside the sports industry. After a successful, sold-out inaugural […]

Valais start-up Dufour Aerospace is ready for take off

Thursday, 18 April 2019

In recent years, Valais-based start-up Dufour Aerospace has made a name for itself on the international scene thanks to its electric propulsion aircraft projects. The first flight tests of the new aEro3 are scheduled for summer 2019. Dufour Aerospace, an electric aviation start-up from Valais, is building a vertical take-off electric aircraft that could be […]

Nestlé launches R&D Accelerator in Lausanne

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The new Nestlé R&D Accelerator, based in Lausanne, aims to boost innovation and speed-to-market, with the support of  leading local academic institutions. The accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology with the objective to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. It will be operational by the end of […]

EPFL spin-off Astrocast launches a nanosatellite

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Located at the EPFL Innovation Park, Astrocast is launching a second nanosatellite into orbit to test clean propulsion technologies. The second nanosatellite of the Vaud-based company Astrocast took off from the Satish Dhawan space center on the east coast of India. The small box, weighing 3.8 kg, was loaded on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle […]

Pharma giant Merck invests CHF165 million in Switzerland

Monday, 1 April 2019

Merck, a German leading science and technology company, has announced an investment of €150 million (165 million Swiss francs) in its manufacturing site in Aubonne, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The investment will cover a new building dedicated to Merck biotech medicines destined for more than 150 countries, helping to meet increasing patient needs […]

Valais-based start-up SimplicityBio acquired by Precision for Medicine

Monday, 25 March 2019

Thanks to its unique approach in the field of artificial intelligence, SimplicityBio, a start-up based at the BioArk in Monthey, is being acquired by Precision For Medicine, an American company specialized in clinical trials management. This acquisition of SimplicityBio will allow Precision for Medicine to add artificial intelligence to its clinical data management and analysis […]

CHUV ranked among ten best hospitals worldwide

Friday, 22 March 2019

The prestigious U.S. magazine Newsweek has included the Lausanne University Hospital in its annual list of the ten best hospitals in the world. CHUV came ninth in the ranking, which is based on an assessment made by doctors, medical professionals and administrators across four continents. Two American hospitals, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the […]

Drones will have to be registered to fly

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

In order to increase air traffic safety and with the upcoming implementation of U-Space, all drones weighing more than 250 grams will have to be registered in a federal registry to fly. In Switzerland, the rules for using a drone are very basic: do not lose sight of it, be insured for civil liability if […]

Biopôle inagurates the Digital Health Hub

Biopôle SA has launched a new innovation center dedicated to digital health. The new platform addresses the growing demand for a forum and gathering point to accelerate the development of patient-focused digital solutions. The new Digital Health Hub has opened its doors and hosts about 15 companies. After the launch of StartLab, its life sciences […]

The EPFL is the coordinator of the Be-Smart project

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

The EPFL becomes the coordinator of the European Be-Smart project, which aims to accelerate the integration of photovoltaic systems during the construction and renovation of buildings, reducing its costs by 75% between now and 2030. Through the EPFL and the CSEM in Neuchâtel, the Be-Smart project brings together 15 partners, research institutes, innovative companies, architects […]

The HES-SO Valais-Wallis creates energy from wastewater microbes

The HES-SO Valais-Wallis University of Applied Sciences has developed the world’s longest microbial fuel cell, a project that will produce electricity by purifying wastewater. Up and running since the end of 2018 and developed with the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and The Ark, in collaboration with HE-Arc in St-Imier, the microbial […]

Western Switzerland confirms its appeal with 92 newly established companies in 2018. The GGBa strengthens its activities in China and California

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Western Switzerland welcomed 92 new foreign companies in 2018 The Greater Geneva Bern area’s targeted approach yields results for the region, with a focus on sectors including life science, robotics and fintech Despite current uncertainties, the United States remains a significant source of foreign investment, with GGBa strengthening its presence in Silicon Valley Coverage of […]

Bern welcomes a new Center for Precision Medicine

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The University of Bern and the Insel Gruppe have created the Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM) with the support of the canton. It will be officially inaugurated on 20 May 2019. The new BCPM aims to develop new drugs and methods that improve the quality of patients’ treatments and reduce the costs of the […]

The first medical genomics center opens in Geneva

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The HUG coordinate a team of doctors, biologists and geneticists who will analyze patient records to detect the rare conditions they suffer from and improve their treatment. The University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) open their medical genomics center, which will allow general practitioners and specialists to sit around a table and share their expertise, a […]

Novostia raises CHF 6.5 million

Novostia announced having raised CHF 6.5 million from private investors to carry out the first clinical trials of its innovative artificial heart valve. Heart valve diseases affect more than 100 million people worldwide. Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo heart valve replacement. Existing technologies have serious disadvantages: lifetime anticoagulant treatment or further replacements […]

WABCO Automotive moves corporate HQ to Bern

Friday, 22 February 2019

The leading supplier of braking systems and safety applications for commercial vehicles WABCO Automotive has chosen Bern for its global headquarters. After months of research around the world, car systems manufacturer WABCO Automotive has decided to move its corporate headquarters to Switzerland, attracted by its innovative spirit and political stability. “Switzerland is world-renowned for providing […]

Valais technology to produce “made in Pakistan” jeans

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

“Made in Pakistan” jeans will soon be produced with “made in Valais” technology. RedElec and its Italian partner Sedo Engineering have just sold their very first machine to a Pakistani company. An innovation from RedElec, a former start-up of the BioArk incubator, makes it possible to dye jeans in an eco-friendly way. Twelve years after […]

Lonza invests 12% of its turnover in its factories

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Lonza, a chemical company and subcontractor of the pharmaceutical industry, will invest 12% of its turnover in its Valais-based factories this year. This level of investment will remain stable for the remainder of the company’s construction project in Visp in the canton of Valais, said Lonza‘s future CEO Marc Funk. “We are talking about an […]

Where to play: a practical guide for running your tech business

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The world’s leading researcher in entrepreneurship and EPFL Vice-President for Innovation, Marc Gruber, along with co-author Sharon Tal, have written the book “Where to play”, a practical strategy that guides entrepreneurs, even established ones, through important decision-making in the business landscape. Think about Uber – they are not only a company that exploits the personal […]

Finma’s fintech license is available

In effect since 1 January 2019, this authorization from Finma aims to encourage innovation in new financial technologies and its funding. Since 1 January 2019, it is possible to obtain a “fintech” licence from Finma. The objective of this license is to encourage innovative companies, particularly in the field of new financial technologies. This licence […]

Kudelski launches a Blockchain Security Center

Monday, 4 February 2019

Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division of the Kudelski Group based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Security Center (BSC), making available its cryptography expertise to the rapidly evolving blockchain developer community. Expanding upon the company’s security services, the BSC will provide new offerings and has a concrete roadmap to develop foundational technologies […]

Start-up Eyeware raises CHF 2 million

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Specialized in eye-tracking, Eyeware has just raised CHF 2 million, a new financial contribution that will enable the company to bring its technology closer to the general public. Eyeware, based in Martigny and a spin-off of the Idiap research institute and the EPFL, has made the detection and analysis of the human eye by machines […]

A blockchain center of excellence in Geneva

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

With the upcoming launch of a blockchain center of excellence focused on fintech, Geneva joins Wisekey’s centers in India, Mauritius and Rwanda. Geneva is now part of a new network of “centers of excellence interconnected on the blockchain” set up by the cybersecurity company Wisekey, which already has three centers in India, Mauritius and Rwanda. […]

Switzerland leads the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Switzerland tops the 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index for the sixth consecutive year, followed by Singapore and the United States. Switzerland comes out as the best country in the world for top talent in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index published by INSEAD in partnership with the Adecco Group and Tata Communications. For many years now, the Alpine country has increased its attractiveness […]

HPE opens an IoT laboratory in Geneva

Monday, 21 January 2019

The multinational Hewlett Packard Enterprise has chosen Meyrin to launch its Internet of Things laboratory as well as an incubator for startups from the region. After Houston and Singapore, Geneva will be HPE‘s third IoT (Internet of Things) center in the world. Located in a new building owned by the multinational in Meyrin, it will […]

Blockchain technology at the service of the wine business

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Geneva-based fintech WeCan.Fund, created in 2015, is launching a new blockchain-based product for the wine business. By scanning a QR Code, it becomes possible to verify the manufacturing information of the wine bottle and its owner. “In partnership with with Geneva-based Domaine du Paradis, we are co-creating a solution to reinvent the wine business,” […]

A new institute for Energy and the Environment

Friday, 11 January 2019

Operational from 1 January 2019, the new Institute for Energy and the Environment of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis brings together technical, economic and social expertise to tackle the energy transition from an interdisciplinary perspective. Valais is increasingly positioning itself as the energy hub of Switzerland. It is the country’s largest producer of renewable energy and home […]

Idiap hosts the first non-US site of the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)

Thursday, 10 January 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative invites industry players to join forces in a cooperative effort to support and drive high quality research in biometrics and in return, to have privileged access to the developed technologies. Idiap is the host of the first non-US site. Already involved with various US labs, the Swiss Center for […]

EPFL startups raised 217 million in 2018

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2018 was an excellent year for EPFL startups, who accumulated no less than CHF 217 million in fundraising. Almost a historical record. While Nexthink recently announced an 85 million fundraising campaign, a dozen companies raised more than 8 million. These successes are linked in particular to the booming entrepreneurial culture on campus and the various […]

The ETH Domain is a research global leader

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

According to a comparative analysis by BAK Economics, the quality of the patents submitted by the ETH Domain is very high. The institutions of the ETH Domain, of which the EPFL in the canton of Vaud is a part of, generate innovations that profit both the economy and society thanks to efficient knowledge and technology […]

Geneva inaugurates a center for cancer research

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Translational Research Center in Onco-Hematology (CRTOH) was unveiled in Geneva. This structure will gather 130 researchers and Swiss and international doctors and will act as a bridge between fundamental and clinical research. The CRTOH is the result of a public-private partnership, gathering on one side the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and a consortium of […]

A Valais-based Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

In partnership with the IDIAP and UniDistance, the canton of Valais launches a one-of-a-kind Master’s Degree in artificial intelligence. With an investment of 1.3 million francs over 4 years, this first Master’s program in artificial intelligence will offer a one-of-a-kind, job-creating solution, not only for the canton of Valais, but all of Switzerland. “This model […]

Drone company Flyability raises 11 million dollars

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Flyability announces the closing of an 11 million dollar fundraiser, bringing the total amount raised by the company to 16 million dollars since its founding in 2014. Flyability has raised 11 million dollars with the support of Swisscom Ventures, The Dow Chemical Company, GoBeyond and MKS SA. In addition to fueling Flyability’s growth through production […]

The EPFL introduces the new version of its TWIICE exoskeleton

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

After two years of development, the EPFL has presented a new version of its TWIICE exoskeleton. This new version is lighter, more powerful and can be operated without any assistance. Since 2016 and with the participation of paraplegic Swiss athlete Silke Pan, researchers from the EPFL’s Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO) have developed the TWIICE […]

The Biopôle life sciences campus expands further

Monday, 5 November 2018

After the inauguration of its new 9,000-square-meter SE-B building in January 2018, the Biopôle has announced the construction of a new building on its site in Epalinges, Lausanne. Named SB-A, the new building will be dedicated to office and laboratory spaces for companies active in the life sciences field, from young startups to sector-leading businesses. […]

GlobalDiagnostiX introduces the second prototype of its X-Ray machine

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The second prototype of GlobalDiagnostix’s X-Ray imaging machine, conceived to withstand the extreme weather conditions of southern countries, is about to enter its industrial phase. The result of five years of research, this ultra-rugged radiology device was conceived by a consortium bringing together six universities, including the Vaud-based University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland […]

EPFL researchers develop small flying robots able to pull objects up to 40 times their weight

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Researchers from EPFL and Stanford have developed small drones that can land and then move objects up to 40 times their weight with the help of powerful winches, gecko adhesives and microspines. Developed jointly by Stanford University and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the FlyCroTugs – flying, micro, tugging robots – came out of […]

Significant contribution of Western Switzerland to the EU’s Quantum Flagship program

Quantum Flagship, the third biggest European research program, will finance projects from the Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel as well as the CSEM. After the Human Brain Project, the European Union (EU) will be investing one billion dollars within the next ten years towards research in quantum technologies. It is the third major European program […]

Amazon Machine Learning Director joins IDIAP’s International Advisory Board

Monday, 29 October 2018

Neil Lawrence, Director of the Amazon Machine Learning hub in Cambridge is a new member of the IDIAP Research Institute’s International Advisory Board. The IDIAP research institute is proud to welcome the new member of its International Advisory Board, Neil Lawrence. Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Sheffield, he is currently on leave […]

Swissquote launches an ICO for startup Lake Diamond

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

To develop and diversify itself, LakeDiamond has launched a fundraising campaign in the form of digital tokens with the collaboration of online bank Swissquote. Not unlike a crowdfunding campaign, Swissquote’s clients can finance an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) directly on its online platform. This first ICO concerns LakeDiamond, a startup originating from EPFL, and Swissquote […]

Crozier Fine Arts opens a center for works of art in Geneva

Monday, 22 October 2018

The storage and logistics worldwide leader Crozier Fine Arts opens a cutting-edge center in Meyrin. Crozier Fine Arts, owned by Iron Mountain Incorporated and the worldwide leader in the field of storage and logistics services for works of art, has opened one of the most advanced storage facilities for works of art in Switzerland. This […]

Valais watchmaker Soprod joins forces with LG to develop a smartwatch

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Manufacturer Soprod has collaborated with South Korean giant LG to develop its latest smartwatch, which features analog watch hands on a digital display. W7 is the name of LG’s latest smartwatch introduced two weeks ago in the United States, and the result of a collaboration between the South Korean manufacturer and Soprod. The Sion-based company […]

The GGBa sees the Blockchain Leadership Summit as a great platform

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Interview with Iris Gaudras, Director Key Accounts and Blockchain Coordinator at the GGBa The Greater Geneva Bern area (GGBa) is the investment promotion agency for Western Switzerland, bringing together the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva and Valais. Its mission is to support foreign companies in establishing and developing their activities in the region […]

Blockchain training courses launch in Geneva

Monday, 15 October 2018

By offering broader as well as more specialized training courses, the UNIGE and CREA respond to the wide interest generated by blockchain, a technological revolution that will allow the creation of new decentralized applications. Blockchain is an important technological revolution that will allow the creation of new decentralized applications that will transform many sectors of […]

A new cancer research center in Lausanne

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The AGORA building, located in front of the CHUV and inaugurated at the beginning of October, will house the new cancer translational research center with researchers and clinicians from various medical and scientific backgrounds. Initiated by the ISREC Foundation in 2013, the project is the result of a partnership between the CHUV, the University of […]

YesWeHack opens an office in Lausanne

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The French company YesWeHack, specialized in bug bounty, opens an office in Lausanne with the aim of responding to the local companies’ needs. Specialized in bug bounty software and building on its international expansion strategy, the company YesWeHack opens a branch in the canton of Vaud. Through this local presence, YesWeHack will better be able […]

HES-SO Valais to lead a five million franc European E-Health project

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

With the EXA MODE project, the HES-SO Valais/Wallis will head an international consortium as part of an H2020 initiative on E-Health research. Having secured the coordination of this initiative of the H2020 program, whose budget amounts to over 5 million Swiss francs, the HES-SO Valais/Wallis will oversee the European research project EXA MODE, in the […]

WatchBox opens a branch in Neuchâtel

WatchBox, the leading global platform for pre-owned luxury timepieces, has opened its European branch in Neuchâtel. After Hong-Kong, South Africa and the United States, WatchBox, the first leading global platform or pre-owned luxury timepieces, has opened its European branch in Neuchâtel. Born in the digital space, the company offers consumers a trustworthy and efficient solution […]

Startup DigitArena selected as main partner of the VIBBRE project

The Martigny-based sports digital media advertising company DigitArena has become the main partner of the VIBBRE Project, aiming to provide an integrated solution that will replace images of billboards during sport events by VR advertising banners in real-time. Supported by the Valais-based incubator The Ark, DigitArena has developed a digital solution which personalizes banner advertisements […]

Le Wagon : a Coding Bootcamp opens its doors in Lausanne

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Thanks to the GGBa’s support, the French company specialized in web development training courses Le Wagon opens its doors in Lausanne. Celebrated by Switchup and Course Report as offering the best coding bootcamp program in Europe and present in 20 countries and 30 cities in the world (London, Berlin, Paris, Montréal, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Tokyo, […]

Lonza invests CHF 400 million in Valais

To offer complete product lifecycle management in one location for Ibex Solutions, Lonza invests CHF 400 million to expand its biopark in Visp. Lonza has announced the addition of two new Ibex Solutions offerings to its 100,000 m2 (1.1 million ft2) biopark in Visp in the canton of Valais. The expansion includes drug substance development […]

Coty inaugurates new R&D Center of Excellence for Global Fragrances in Geneva

Monday, 24 September 2018

In September 2018, Coty inaugurated its new international Research and Development Center for perfumes that is to create 30 new “high added value” jobs. Based in Versoix, the new R&D center represents a five million francs investment and is composed of state-of-the-art laboratories aiming to stimulate growth, innovation and excellence in perfumes. The announcement was […]

SGS launches a commodities blockchain platform in Geneva

Along with banks and trading companies, SGS launches Komgo, a new blockchain-based commodity-trading platform based in Geneva. In collaboration with partners, SGS, the specialist of inspection and certification, launched a new blockchain-based platform for commodity trading in Geneva. This new company is named Komgo and will operate autonomously by the end of 2018. Among the […]

Swiss Biotech Center and Cellect sign a strategic agreement

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd has entered into an exclusive strategic manufacturing and supply agreement with Swiss Biotech Center (SBC). Cellect Biotechnology Ltd, a developer of a novel stem cell production technology from Israel, has entered into a strategic manufacturing and supply agreement with Swiss Biotech Center (SBC) to secure the exclusive production of the FasL protein […]

Alcon to move global headquarters to Geneva

Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, has announced plans to locate its future global headquarters in the Canton of Geneva, following completion of its proposed spin-off from Novartis. “We are delighted to announce Geneva as the location of Alcon‘s new global headquarters following the proposed spin-off from Novartis,” said […]

Celgene inaugurates a new factory and creates 100 jobs in Switzerland

Multinational biopharma company Celgene chose Boudry in the Canton of Neuchâtel for its international headquarters in 2005, and has been growing in the canton ever since. In September 2018, the company inaugurates a new production site in Couvet, creating 100 jobs in the process. Having settled its international headquarters in Boudry in 2005, Celgene employs […]

EPFL Innovation Park celebrates 25 years of innovation

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

EPFL Innovation Park (EIP) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its track record speaks for itself. The complex currently houses more than 2,250 employees, 26 large companies, 116 start-ups and more than 75 entrepreneurial projects at the incubator stage – all this on the edge of a campus containing some 340 laboratories. Back in 1991, […]

Constellium launches a Smart Process Lab in Valais

Constellium Valais, specialized in the manufacturing of aluminium-based products, and the Haute École d’Ingénierie of HES-SO Valais-Wallis join forces to create the first industrial and academic lab for applied research and development in the canton of Valais. We live in a time in which industrial companies must rethink their processes by integrating digitalization in the […]

Genius Sports opens new office in Lausanne

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The global leader in sports data technology chose the Olympic Capital to enhance its offering to its European sports partners through on the ground expertise and support. The new Swiss office of Genius Sports will be located inside the prestigious Maison du Sport International, together with around 30 international sports federations and organizations and some […]

Fragrance and flavor giant Firmenich inaugurates Digital Lab at EPFL

The new D-Lab, fruit of a partnership between Firmenich and EPFL, harnesses Artificial Intelligence to enhance flavor and taste creation. Firmenich, the Swiss company behind many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors, has announced the creation of a Digital Lab in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Dubbed D-Lab, […]

Three Swiss companies among the most disruptive in the world

Monday, 6 August 2018

SOPHiA Genetics, ChemAlive and Biowatch have been recognized as some of the most disruptive businesses in the world with the potential to “influence, change or create new global markets”. Every year, leading entrepreneurs, investors and business people from the likes of Microsoft Ventures, Google, Uber and Oracle compile and curate the Disrupt 100 list, an […]

Swiss technology to detect senile dementia

Friday, 3 August 2018

A researcher from HES-SO Valais-Wallis, together with colleagues from Lausanne and the United Kingdom, has developed an application to diagnose age-related cognitive impairment at home. It should soon be available on smartphone. Currently, diagnosing cognitive decline in the elderly requires lengthy neuropsychological assessments that are often imprecise. An international team of scientists based in Switzerland […]

EPFL researchers develop drone that deforms upon impact

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Drawing inspiration from insects, EPFL scientists have designed a new type of drone that is flexible enough to absorb shocks without breaking before returning to its original shape. Two trends have been prominent in robotics in recent years: stiff structures that have a certain weight-bearing capacity but that break if that capacity is exceeded, and […]

A Swiss initiative to foster media innovation

Thursday, 19 July 2018

In a world of evolving technologies, Swiss academic, public and private partners are joining forces to support and promote innovation in the media and IT sector. The newly launched Initiative for Media Innovation (IMI) is a consortium of public and private partners including the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG), media group Ringier, the Federal Institute of […]

Energy-efficient data center opens in Biel

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Ultramodern and energy-efficient, hub:biel offers a highly secure IT infrastructure to companies of all sizes. Recently inaugurated in the Bözingenfeld industrial district of Biel, the new facility is comprised of two elements: an office complex that houses the HQ of cloud specialist netrics, and a data center at the forefront of security and energy efficiency, […]

Climate-driven environmental changes in the spotlight

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The newly formed Center for Changing Alpine and Polar Environments, to be established in Sion, will investigate changes taking place in high-altitude and high-latitude environments. Climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. Yet, the understanding of its impacts on the environment is incomplete, and predictions of climate-induced phenomena are subject […]

A new Center for Artificial Muscles in Neuchâtel

Friday, 29 June 2018

Inaugurated on 27 June 2018 in the presence of Jean-Nathanaël Karakash, Neuchâtel State Councilor for the Economy and Social Action, and Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL, the new Center for Artificial Muscles will initially work on a less invasive cardiac assistance system for treating heart failure. Following the announcement of a 12-million-franc donation by the […]

Hublot designs first connected football watch for World Cup referees

Friday, 22 June 2018

The new Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ features technology beyond the smart watch functions that the Swiss brand developed in collaboration with Intel and Google. With the World Cup in full swing, the eyes of millions of fans are on the best players on the planet… and on the referees: their […]

Medical delivery drones take off in Switzerland

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Swiss Post has partnered with drone manufacturer Matternet to transport lab samples via BVLOS flights between two Bern hospitals. As of this summer, unmanned aerial vehicles will transport time-sensitive laboratory samples and urgently needed medications between the Tiefenau hospital and the Insel University Hospital in Bern. The use of drones will make transport faster […]

Neubio produces innovative cochlear implants in Biel

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Hailing from the United States, the start-up established its global headquarters in Biel in May 2017 to manufacture and sell cochlear implants and hearing aids for the worldwide hearing-impaired market. Neubio has been producing and selling innovative cochlear implants, hearing devices and integrated medtech solutions in Brügg, near Biel, since May 2017. The start-up, whose […]

Geneva issues first-ever guide in support of ICO project holders

Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Genève a tous les ingrédients pour se profiler dans la gouvernance globale d’internet.

The Geneva authorities have recently published a specific guide on Initial Coin Offerings to support and qualify ICO projects in view of their establishment in the canton. In light of the growing interest for alternative financing methods such as ICOs or token sales, the Geneva cantonal authorities have released the very first guide specifically dedicated […]

Switzerland, home of drones

Friday, 25 May 2018

Switzerland is showcasing its advanced drone ecosystem at the VivaTech innovation fair currently taking place in Paris. But how did the Alpine country become a leading global innovation and technology hub in the field of drones? Pioneering role in drone traffic management With the support of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, Swiss air navigation […]

Two Swiss universities reach for the sky

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne were elected as new members of the prestigious Universities Space Research Association, a nonprofit research corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering. The University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) were selected to join […]

FABLAB Biel/Bienne, a fully equipped innovation hub

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Officially inaugurated in September 2017, FABLAB Biel/Bienne is a unique, fully equipped innovation space for private individuals, start-ups and SMEs. They can use the facility to simply share ideas, or implement their own projects with prototypes or small production runs. Fab labs, short for fabrication laboratories, are workshops that are open to anyone who wants […]

How Fribourg supports its growing start-up scene: Fri Up

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Created in 1989, Fri Up is one of Switzerland’s oldest start-up support organizations. It has recently enhanced its service offering and established fruitful partnerships with Seed Capital Fribourg and Startupticker.ch. Fri Up fosters entrepreneurship and innovative young companies in the canton of Fribourg. It focuses on start-ups addressing a new market or a new need […]

EPFL scientists remove heavy metals from water

Friday, 13 April 2018

The EPFL Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials has developed a new method to remove heavy metals from water quickly and economically. This solution could change the lives of the estimated one billion people worldwide who do not have access to clean drinking water. The contamination of drinking water with heavy metals, particularly lead, is a […]

Swiss-led committee introduces new JPEG format

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) has developed an improved, more efficient image compression standard. Its potential applications include virtual and augmented reality, space imagery, self-driving cars and professional movie editing. The first JPEG standard was created 25 years ago to store and send highly compressed pictures. Today, 10 to 15 billion JPEG images are […]

Talent mapping specialist Armstrong Craven opens office in Geneva

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

After London, Manchester and Singapore, Armstrong Craven has established a presence in Switzerland. The new office, located in Geneva, is headed by Olivia Wynn. Armstrong Craven, a global talent mapping and pipelining partner for scarce and senior positions, has set up an office in Geneva. The firm works across a number of industry sectors including […]

The SPOT 2018: showcasing innovation in sport

Friday, 6 April 2018

A groundbreaking new international event launched by ThinkSport aims to stimulate progress in sport by bringing together the brightest minds and freshest innovations inside and outside the industry. The inaugural edition of The SPOT will take place on 15-16 May 2018 in Lausanne. What will the world of sport look like in the future? How […]

CSEM helps clean up space junk

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite was successfully launched on April 2 from Cape Canaveral. It was developed by the European Commission in collaboration with ten partners, including CSEM, to test novel technologies for capturing space debris. Since 1957, approximately 6,000 satellites have been sent into space. About 1,000 of them are still in use, allowing us to […]

KeyLemon, a success story made in Valais

Monday, 26 March 2018

KeyLemon, a Valais-based start-up specialized in 3D facial recognition, has been recently acquired by Apple sensor supplier ams. The company’s headquarters, management and R&D team will continue to be based in Switzerland. Austria-based electronic chip maker ams announced in February the acquisition of Swiss start-up KeyLemon. The technology giant intends to make KeyLemon a research […]

The GGBa becomes a member of digitalswitzerland

Friday, 23 March 2018

digitalswitzerland aims at making Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub worldwide. By joining this initiative, the GGBa reaffirms its commitment to contributing to the country’s digital transformation. digitalswitzerland is the joint initiative of industry, public authorities and universities, which wants to shape Switzerland as the leading international digital location for innovation. The platform is already […]

The GGBa opens a new office in China

Monday, 19 March 2018

Already present in Shanghai since 2010, the GGBa inaugurated today a new antenna in Shenzhen, in southern China. The inaugural event was held on Monday 19 March in the presence of more than 60 guests including Didier Boschung, Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, representatives of the Municipality of Shenzhen, distinguished journalists and members of […]

Switzerland boasts three among the world’s most international universities

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Switzerland’s two Federal Institutes of Technology and the University of Geneva have been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most international schools by the prestigious Times Higher Education. EPFL in Lausanne and ETH in Zurich took first and second place respectively in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s most […]

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to open new translational research center in Lausanne

Monday, 12 March 2018

Based at the Biopôle campus in Lausanne, the facility will enhance the group’s current capabilities in translational research. Global pharmaceutical company Glenmark Pharmaceuticals will enhance its capabilities in translational research by setting up a new discovery center at the Biopôle campus in Lausanne. Present in Switzerland since 2004, the company employs approximately 160 people at […]

Incyte strengthens its presence in Switzerland

Monday, 5 March 2018

American biopharmaceutical company Incyte will bring together its Swiss clinical development and marketing activities at a single site in Morges. From the second half of 2019, the city of Morges will be home to the European headquarters of American biopharma group Incyte. The company will be based in a brownfield area in the immediate vicinity […]

In Valais, H55 develops the electric plane of the future

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The start-up created by André Borschberg, co-founder and pilot of the Solar Impulse project, has raised almost 5 million francs. These funds will allow the company to work on an all-electric two-seater aircraft capable of flying for two hours. Electric aviation company Hangar 55 (H55), a Solar Impulse technological legacy, has secured 5 million francs […]

Ferring to invest 30 million francs in new biotech center in Switzerland

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

International biopharmaceutical company Ferring Pharmaceuticals, specialized in reproductive medicine, will strengthen its presence in Switzerland with the opening of a new biotech center. Over the next three years, Ferring Pharmaceuticals will invest approximately 30 million Swiss francs in a new biotech center, the company announced in a press release. The facility will be based at […]

World Economic Forum announces Global Center for Cybersecurity

Thursday, 25 January 2018

In an effort to counter digital crime and build a safer and more secure global cyberspace, the World Economic Forum launched a new Global Center for Cybersecurity on January 24th. Research by Accenture and the Ponemon Institute shows an average company suffered 130 security breaches in 2017, up 27.4% compared to 2016. The average cost […]

Myotest and Suunto: a technology collaboration that will run and run

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Swiss company Myotest, specialized in accelerometer-based analysis and interpretation for digital sport, will work with global leader Suunto on a new running solution. Finland-based Suunto has a long heritage in building robust sports watches famous for their precision, while Myotest is particularly known for the breadth and depth of its biomechanics, with proven track record […]

CSL Behring to open Biologics Research Center at Bern’s Inselspital

Tuesday, 23 January 2018
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Global biotechnology leader CSL Behring is planning to establish a research and development center for innovative therapeutic biologics at sitem-insel, the national center for translational medicine, on the premises of Bern’s Inselspital. After the establishment of the Ypsomed-funded Diabetes Center Berne in June 2017, the Swiss city welcomes a new R&D center for biotherapeutic products. […]

Geneva launches initiatives to harness the power of blockchain

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The new Blockchain Lab and the Swiss Blockchain Association will provide education and infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and help reshape businesses through the blockchain. Over the last 5 years, Switzerland has emerged as a leading hub for blockchain technologies thanks to its strong culture of privacy, data protection and decentralized institutions, as well as its progressive […]

EPFL sets up a Center for Artificial Muscles in Neuchâtel

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Thanks to a donation from the Werner Siemens-Foundation, a unique Center for Artificial Muscles will be created on EPFL’s Microcity campus in Neuchâtel. It will initially focus on developing a less invasive cardiac assistance system for treating heart failure. The Swiss-based Werner Siemens-Foundation, whose mission is to supports innovative technological and scientific research projects, has […]

New CERN facility produces radioisotopes for cancer research

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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CERN is better known as the birthplace of the World Wide Web than for the role it plays in researching new cancer treatments, but that is exactly what the new MEDICIS facility will do. Radioactive isotopes are widely used in precision medicine to diagnose and treat cancer. However, many isotopes currently used do not target […]

Chinese pharmaceutical firm Beijing Tong Ren Tang sets up presence in Geneva

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The newest addition to Western Switzerland’s Health Valley is one of the oldest, largest and most prominent traditional Chinese medicine companies. With its natural and holistic approach, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is not only a treasure of the Chinese people, but has been internationally recognized as contributing to the health and well-being of individuals and […]

AI company iGenius expands global presence with new R&D center in Sierre

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The innovation scene in Valais welcomes a new arrival. Leading digital company iGenius has chosen Sierre for its R&D unit dedicated to conversation-based Artificial Intelligence (AI). The company plans to hire a team of engineers and developers to support the growth of crystal, its first product, recently selected by Facebook for its 2017 accelerator program. […]

Switzerland’s largest coworking space is up and running

Friday, 17 November 2017

Officially inaugurated on September 28th in the heart of Lausanne, Gotham has already reached an occupancy rate of 60% without any marketing efforts. Gotham is the biggest coworking facility in Switzerland with over 2,300 square meters of closed offices, meeting rooms and open spaces. Conveniently located in the center of Lausanne right next to the […]

EasyGov.swiss, the online desk for companies

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Online since 6 November 2017, EasyGov.swiss allows companies to deal with their administrative tasks electronically, making business administration as efficient as possible.

Digital consultancy firm Hardis Group comes to Geneva

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Digital services company and independent software vendor Hardis Group has recently opened a subsidiary in Geneva to further develop its activities in Switzerland.

Incyte establishes manufacturing site in Switzerland

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

U.S. biopharmaceutical company Incyte has announced the establishment of a production center at Y-PARC in Yverdon-les-Bains. In its full capacity, the new site will employ 130 people.

Inside the International School of Berne’s new campus

Monday, 6 November 2017
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Expat families love the canton of Bern. The new campus of the International School of Berne, opened in April 2017, will allow for growth in enrollment to better meet the needs of an expanding expatriate community.

Lausanne to host the biggest global event on science journalism

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The city of Lausanne was chosen to host the prestigious World Conference of Science Journalists in July 2019, fighting off competition from Montreal, Madrid and Copenhagen.

Global Blockchain Business Council incorporates in Geneva

Friday, 27 October 2017

As the most active multilateral diplomatic center in the world and home to hundreds of international organizations, Geneva is the ideal location for the blockchain advocacy body.

Hewlett-Packard inaugurates new European headquarters in Geneva

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
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The building is the first element of a large sustainable real estate development project called “The Hive”, which is taking shape right next to Geneva.

Swiss students win Solar Decathlon competition

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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With its innovative solar-powered house, the Swiss team earned first place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the largest sustainable building competition, which took place in Denver, Colorado, from 5 to 15 October 2017.

Geneva to play leading role in global Internet governance

Monday, 16 October 2017
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Geneva has recently launched the Geneva Digital Talks on cybersecurity, in partnership with Digitalswitzerland. The Swiss city is also hosting the Internet Governance Forum, the main platform where Internet-related public policy issues are discussed.

Lausanne University professor wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Jacques Dubochet, honorary professor of biophysics at the University of Lausanne, was awarded the prestigious accolade jointly with Joachim Frank from Columbia University and Richard Henderson from Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Lausanne-based start-up MindMaze

Monday, 2 October 2017

The celebrity, known for both his leading roles in films like Titanic and Inception, and his environmental activism, has joined virtual reality company MindMaze as an investor and advisory board member.

Belgian company LASEA opens a subsidiary in Biel

Thursday, 28 September 2017
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Specialized in high precision laser machining, LASEA has opened a branch in Biel, the Swiss city known as the world capital of watchmaking and precision mechanics.

Solar cells: Swiss and US scientists set new efficiency record

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Thanks to a partnership between two Swiss research centers and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, record performances were achieved for multi-junction solar cells.

Geneva to offer cutting edge IoT education

Monday, 11 September 2017

The University of Geneva is launching a new university course on the Internet of Things, in partnership with the IoT Forum. It will provide a comprehensive education on the Internet of Things, encompassing the technological, societal and economic aspects.

Launch of the Aviation Research Center Switzerland

Friday, 11 August 2017

Following an initiative of the Federal Council, several Swiss universities have created the Aviation Research Center Switzerland. Its objective is to strengthen Switzerland’s position as an innovative aviation research and development center.

Philip Morris invests more than 30 million francs in Neuchâtel

Friday, 28 July 2017

Two new high-tech production lines will complete the production and R&D site of Philip Morris International in Neuchâtel.

Lonza unveils major investment project in Valais

Global biopharma leader Lonza has launched Ibex, an innovative modular facility in biological development and manufacturing. Based at Lonza’s Visp site, it will create several hundred new jobs over the coming years.

Switzerland ranked 1st in the 2017 Change Readiness Index

Thursday, 27 July 2017

For the first time in the Change Readiness Index history, Switzerland was ranked first.

Merck inaugurates its new packaging center in Switzerland

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Merck, a leading German company in science and technology, has inaugurated in Aubonne a new medical packaging building that meets with the company’s current and future demands for biotechnological medicines.

Roche launches R&D partnership with Lausanne universities

Monday, 10 July 2017

EPFL, CHUV and the University of Lausanne have signed a 6-million franc partnership with Roche, the world’s largest biotechnology company. The aim is to accelerate the development of innovative therapies against cancer.

ACUSTICA, first Swiss-made talking and vibrating watch for the blind

Friday, 7 July 2017

Not many know it but a watch is the second most indispensable accessory for blind people, right after the white cane. Reason why it was essential for the ACUSTICA team to create a watch that is not only useful in everyday life but discrete as well.

New diabetes research center to be set up in Bern

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

By the end of the year, a privately funded diabetes research center will be established at sitem-insel, the national center for translational medicine, on the premises of Bern’s Insel Hospital.

Merck creates R&D company in Geneva

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Created by Merck Ventures, the German giant’s corporate venture arm, iOnctura is a new company specializing in immuno-oncology.

NeoGenomics establishes its European headquarters in Switzerland

Monday, 26 June 2017

The U.S.-based provider of oncology testing services has chosen the canton of Vaud to open its first branch abroad.

EPFL Drone Days 2017: a key aerial robotics event

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

EPFL, known especially for its research and innovations in robotics, is organizing the first-ever EPFL Drone Days, which will take place from 1 to 3 September 2017.

Maxwell Technologies grows in Switzerland

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The global leader in high-voltage capacitors will invest 15 million francs in the extension of its Fribourg site. New jobs will be created.

Celgene continues to expand in Switzerland

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Biopharmaceutical company Celgene has announced the construction of a new production site in Boudry. 20 new jobs will be created.

Official launch of the liquid biopsy program in Fribourg, Switzerland

Friday, 2 June 2017

The “Liquid Biopsy for the Early Detection of Diseases” (LBEDD) quickly tracks diseases by analyzing a patient’s DNA.

Safe Host opens Switzerland’s largest data center

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Located in the municipality of Gland, between Lausanne and Geneva, Safe Host’s new data center will have the capacity to host 3,600 racks for servers.

UBS to open a Business Solution Center in Biel

As from the end of 2018, some 600 employees will be working in the new regional center for back-office, IT and support services.

China grains giant COFCO expands its presence in Switzerland

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of COFCO International’s Global Corporate and Trading Headquarters in Geneva was signed in Beijing on 13 May 2017.

Swiss genome center opens in Geneva

Thursday, 11 May 2017
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Thanks to this national genomics hub, Switzerland will have greater DNA sequencing capacity than any other country in Europe.

Chinese nutrition firm Biostime chooses Geneva to go international

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Biostime Institute for Nutrition and Care (BINC) is the group’s first research platform outside of China.

CERN inaugurates new particle accelerator

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Linac 4 will become the first step in CERN’s accelerator chain, enabling the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to deliver more intense proton beams to the experiments.

SolarStratos takes off for maiden flight

Friday, 5 May 2017

The first manned, solar powered stratospheric aircraft in history took to the skies for the first time in Payerne, Switzerland.

Breaking new ground in tumor diagnosis and treatment

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

SWAN Isotopen runs one of Europe’s most modern commercial radioisotope production facilities on the campus of Bern University Hospital. Its products are used for tumor diagnosis and therapy monitoring.

Biometric security: Idiap in the spotlight

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Idiap Research Institute and its Swiss Center for Biometric Research and Testing are involved in two major programs of the US government – Odin and MediFor – focused on biometric security.

Swatch Group launches the world’s smallest Bluetooth chip

Monday, 13 March 2017

The surface of the new tiny integrated circuit – which measures only five square millimeters – is packed with five million transistors.

People with prostheses can now “feel” their limbs

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Neuroscientists at the University of Geneva have found a way for the brain to receive sensory information from an artificial limb using a novel optical brain-machine interface.

Lonza and Sanofi invest CHF 290 million in Valais

Monday, 27 February 2017

The two pharma giants have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale biologics production facility in Visp.

EPFL to lead two Horizon 2020 projects in quantum optomechanics

Monday, 20 February 2017

The EPFL Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements was chosen to coordinate two EU projects in optomechanical technologies for a total of €14 million.

Geneva to host international cyber policy competition

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind crisis simulation preparing students for careers in cybersecurity. The European edition takes place in Geneva on April 20-21.

Paralyzed patients communicate for the first time

Thursday, 2 February 2017
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Scientists at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva have developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people trapped in a totally paralyzed body.

TÜV Rheinland establishes Swiss subsidiary in Bern

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

TÜV Rheinland, a leading international technical service provider in the areas of energy and mobility, has recently launched business operations in Switzerland.

EPFL start-ups raise record funds in 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

EPFL’s business ecosystem is thriving: start-ups linked to the Lausanne-based technology institute raised close to 400 million francs this year.

To the edge of space and beyond: SolarStratos unveiled

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The first solar-powered plane set to reach the stratosphere made its official debut.

Crans-Montana to host the first European Mountain Travel Summit

Friday, 2 December 2016

Mountain Travel Symposium has chosen Switzerland for its first European edition.

A discovery by EPFL could make vaccines more affordable worldwide

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

EPFL researchers have developed a method for storing vaccines at room temperature in developing countries.

CaSSIS captures first high-resolution images of Mars

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Mars camera, whose structure, onboard computer, and rotation mechanism were built by the University of Bern, has returned its first images from orbit.

Fribourg researchers use thermography to improve cancer treatment

Friday, 25 November 2016

The NanoLockin method enables the characterization of nanoparticles for cancer treatment.

Brazilian company WAMA Diagnóstica opens R&D center in Switzerland

Thursday, 24 November 2016

WAMA Diagnóstica, a Brazilian medical diagnostic company, has recently opened a Swiss subsidiary that focuses on developing diagnostic tests for several human diseases, including Zika.

UNIGE and Tsinghua University partner for sustainable development

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The University of Geneva has initiated a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing, the best university in China. The goal is to offer innovative teaching programs – including a Master and Summer Schools – in the field of sustainable development.

A technology developed at EPFL will be used by NBA

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

With its state-of-the-art player-tracking system, Second Spectrum will be the official optical tracking provider of the NBA starting in 2017.

Planning the future of drones from Lausanne

Monday, 14 November 2016

The newly founded Global UTM Association, based in Lausanne, is in charge of drafting and distributing an interoperability blueprint for drone traffic management.

Firmenich inaugurates state-of-the-art perfumery plant in Geneva

Friday, 11 November 2016
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The new facility furthers Geneva’s position as a key player in the fragrance and flavors industry.

The world leader in braided products chooses Valais

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Duvalais luxury goods are made of high-quality Swiss leather.

Distance University launches unique program in biometrics

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Swiss Distance Learning University will offer an online distance learning program on biometrics and privacy protection. The program will open in April 2017.

HUG and SIB launch a new cancer diagnostic platform

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Thanks to Oncobench®, oncologists will be able to predict and diagnose diseases more accurately, and to propose preventive measures and tailored treatments.

UCB celebrates 20 years of innovation in Bulle

Tuesday, 11 October 2016
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Belgian biopharmaceutical company UCB has celebrated the 20-year anniversary of its world-class production site located in Bulle, in the canton of Fribourg.

Geneva welcomes the world’s largest sports convention

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The International Sports Convention – the world’s largest event dedicated to the sports industry – will take place in Geneva on December 7-8.

Sibos 2016 set to go live in Geneva

Friday, 23 September 2016

Twenty-four Swiss FinTech start-ups will take center stage at the world’s largest financial services event.

New cancer immunotherapy laboratory in Lausanne

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Thanks to this new facility, oncology patients will have access to the most innovative and promising therapies.

Geneva welcomes a new center of excellence in life sciences

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Campus Biotech Innovation Park, a new center of excellence in life sciences dedicated to entrepreneurs, was officially inaugurated in Geneva.

Debiopharm to expand industrial operations in Martigny

Monday, 12 September 2016

Following the acquisition of a company specialized in molecular diagnostics, Debiopharm will set up a second production line at its manufacturing facility in Martigny. Some 10 jobs will be created.

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