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 […]

Supporting companies in times of crisis

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses in a variety of ways. A full range of support measures have been made available to Swiss-based companies to help them navigate these challenging times. All GGBa member cantons have implemented special programs for businesses in order to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, […]

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 […]