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 […]