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Switzerland takes clean technologies to higher levels

| Corinne Ari, S-GE
Switzerland takes clean technologies to higher levels
Cleantech will become one of the next megatrends. The demand for “clean” products and services is growing, which opens up new opportunities for businesses and governments to invest. Switzerland is one of the top leaders in this emerging field, with strong SMEs offering a wide range of innovative solutions. The locational advantage for cleantech in Switzerland as well as innovative highlights are illustrated in the newly published 2017 edition of the Swiss Cleantech Report. More…

BioMedPartners announces first closing of new fund

| Szilvana Spett, BaselArea/Café Europe
BioMedPartners announces first closing of new fund
The Basel-based venture capital firm BioMedPartners has raised CHF 75 million in the first closing of their fund BioMedInvest III, a healthcare venture capital fund that invests in private early-to-mid-stage companies. More…

New insights into chemical reactions

| Paul Felber, AKOMAG Corporate Communications AG
New insights into chemical reactions
The Paul Scherer Institute in Villigen has developed a process that helps to optimize catalytic processes in the chemical industry. More…

US company invests in Zurich 3D technology

| Szilvana Spett, GreaterZurichArea/Café Europe
US company invests in Zurich 3D technology
An American high-tech company has acquired the 3D division of the Zurich-based start-up Dacuda. According to an article, the buyer is Magic Leap, a leader in the field of virtual reality. More…

Austrian president praises ETH

| Szilvana Spett, GreaterZurichArea/Café Europe
Austrian president praises ETH
Austria’s president Alexander Van der Bellen visited the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich on Friday. He was particularly impressed by how the university promotes innovation and technology transfer. More…

EPFL to lead two Horizon 2020 projects in quantum optomechanics

| Elisa Nessi, Greater Geneva Bern area
EPFL to lead two Horizon 2020 projects in quantum optomechanics
The EPFL Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements was chosen to coordinate two EU projects in optomechanical technologies for a total of €14 million. More…

New contract for Stadler signifies milestone

| Heike Schrader, SGBA/ Café Europe
New contract for Stadler signifies milestone
The train manufacturer Stadler has been awarded a CHF 875 million contract to build 52 metro trains for the city of Liverpool. It will also be responsible for maintenance of the units over the next 35 years. More…

Geneva to host international cyber policy competition

| Elisa Nessi, Greater Geneva Bern area
Geneva to host international cyber policy competition
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. More…

Haelixa wins at Venture Kick

| Szilvana Spett, GreaterZurichArea/Café Europe
Haelixa wins at Venture Kick
The ETH spin-off Haelixa has won CHF 130,000 at the Venture Kick Finale. The start-up company develops non-toxic methods for monitoring oil deposits. More…

Successful dual education system: Swiss professionals are among the best in the world

| Corinne Ari, S-GE
Successful dual education system: Swiss professionals are among the best in the world
The young Swiss professionals are among the world’s best. This is due to Switzerland’s dual education system, which allows everybody to have career opportunities and to succeed at work. This is proven by a recent study. More…