Tomorrow's Health: How to Innovate in Switzerland

The ideal environment for innovative companies that want to quickly and easily bring new innovations in personalized health to market. 


Although small, Switzerland’s strong life sciences ecosystem offers a dense and experienced network of KOLs, companies, universities and suppliers. Switzerland is home to a globally unique life science cluster featuring multinational companies, startups and SMEs that together build a dense network of medtech, biotech and nanotech companies. The industry benefits from this cluster along the entire value chain to develop, produce and market new products and services all in one place. 

The closeness of the relationship between science and industry in Switzerland is unique – creating a high innovation output. World’s leading universities, first class research facilities and modern patent protection allow Switzerland to remain a strong competitor in R&D of innovative healthcare solutions. 

Start shaping the future of health and benefit from Switzerland's:

  • central location offering direct access to the European market 
  • unique partnering and licensing opportunities 
  • pragmatic and pioneering regulations in the field of emerging technologies 
  • top talent in life sciences and technology

Switzerland looks back on a long tradition in life sciences and looks ahead to the convergence of data science and healthcare, ringing in a new era in life sciences. We make medicines personalized and we make health digital. 

Precision Medicine & Diagnostics


Important technological innovations start their journey in Switzerland before being sent around the world. With its unique ecosystem of innovative startups, multinational pharmaceutical giants such as Roche, Novartis, Bayer or Abbott and world leading research institutes and hospitals, the Basel Area is continuously growing its network of digital health innovators. In one of the most recent COVID-19 examples, Roche Diagnostics International AG, based in Zug, launched a total of 15 new diagnostics solutions in 2020. 

One of several initiatives and accelerators programs in Switzerland is DayOne, which aims to foster collaboration across disciplines and industries in precision medicine and digital health. The Swissbiolabs association in Olten (Solothurn) is specifically aimed at the diagnostics sector. Among other things, it organizes a startup challenge and operates an accelerator.

Switzerland as a business location forms the ideal breeding ground for innovations in medical technology. 

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Holmusk opens new office in Basel

Holmusk CEO Nawal Roy.
Holmusk has opened an office in Basel. The company from Singapore develops digital therapies on the basis of data analysis. Holmusk has placed a ...

Biosynex takes up residence in Delémont

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The French company Biosynex develops analytical, diagnostic and prophylactic medical devices. Its portfolio includes a test for COVID-19. It has ...

Basel researchers developing universal cancer therapy

Researcher and entrepreneur Lucia Mori.
Researchers from Basel are working on the development of a therapy in which pre-prepared immune cells can be used to treat any form of cancer imm...

Vaud-based medtech company Abionic launches new tool for faster triage of Covid-19 patients

Abionic's cSOFA device
With the launch of its CE-Mark certified device cSOFA, which assesses the severity of Covid-19 among patients within only five minutes of analyzi...

Switzerland Innovation Parks

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area – One Park, four Sites

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A place to shape the future - The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area maintains four different locations to best meet your needs.

Pandemic bolsters the diagnostic cluster in the Greater Zurich Area

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There is hardly any other economic region in which diagnostic medical devices play such a significant role as they do in the Greater Zurich Area....

Swiss Tech + Industries

Personalized health

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With its long tradition in life sciences and information technology as well as a dense ecosystem along the value chain, Switzerland offers the id...
Data Analytics


Switzerland’s Health Valley is a dense network of more than 1,000 companies and 35,000 talents collaborating with 500 research labs to further innovations in life sciences. One of these innovative startups is Sophia Genetics, based in the Canton of Vaud , founded as a spin-off of EPFL in 2011. Through its AI platform it established the world’s largest data-driven medicine community network and now serves more than 1,000 hospitals worldwide.

Basel is the host city of Intelligent Health AI and the BioDataWorld Congress, two of the world leading conferences for health data science.

Health & Disease Management


As sports, fitness and medical applications are converging, Swiss wearable tech is capitalising on the proximity to numerous international sports federations, digital health companies and countless medtech global leaders. The density and thematic scope of health and disease management companies as well as academic network substantially contribute to the centre of competence in health and disease management. The competence base for sensors, microtechnics, miniaturization, efficiency of electronics supply are just some of the strengths that distinguish Switzerland as a business location. 



“Switzerland is like one lab in a way” states Professor Geoff Richards, Director of the AO Research Institute Davos. The unique situation of close collaboration between industry and academia is extremely profitable for research translation and bringing forward valuable innovations. Research institute are crucial in shaping the digital future of medicine thus, numerous Swiss research institutes focus on educating the next generation of innovators, connecting know-how and expertise for a cohesive pipeline of innovations and translating these findings through industry collaborations, startups and early-stage investments.

This seamless network allows Switzerland to position itself as one of the most innovative countries and remain competitive in an evolving industry.

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Switzerland Innovation Parks

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Switzerland Innovation’s technology parks are the ideal location for research-oriented companies to develop their next groundbreaking or highly p...

Tech4Eva, the first Swiss start-up accelerator addressing women’s health

The EPFL Innovation Park and Groupe Mutuel are joining forces to launch Tech4Eva, the first start-up acceleration program in Switzerland addressi...
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“Davos is very well connected in the world.”

Geoff Richards
AO Research Institute
The internationally renowned AO Research Institute is located in Davos, in the Canton of Grisons. Professor Geoff Richards, Director of AO Resear...

CSEM leads breakthrough research in regenerative medicine

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A European research project coordinated by CSEM in Neuchâtel aims to offer an alternative to donor organ transplants: manufacturing human liver t...

Biopôle inagurates the Digital Health Hub

Digital Health Hub inauguration
Biopôle SA has launched a new innovation center dedicated to digital health. The new platform addresses the growing demand for a forum and gather...

BaseLaunch is top European accelerator

BaseLaunch looks for companies innovating in the therapeutics space, medtech and diagnostics. Image: ar130405 via Pixabay
Healthcare Accelerator BaseLaunch, which is operated by the location promotion organization, is among the leading accelerators of...

University of Bern and Inselspital open the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Use of Artificial Intelligence in Oncology at the University of Bern
The University of Bern and the Inselspital are founding a “Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine” (CAIM) that combines cutting-edge rese...
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CSL Behring opens new manufacturing facility in Bern

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Leading global biotech company CSL Behring has recently inaugurated a new state-of-the-art immunoglobulin manufacturing plant in the Swiss canton...
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European Headquarters and Tech Hub in Rotkreuz

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Align Technology
Align Technology is a leading medical device company in the dental industry with headquarters in California and over 17,000 employees worldwide.&...
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"Switzerland managed to quickly bring a selection of top industrial areas to the table."

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One of the pioneers in biotechnology, Biogen, is building its next-generation biologic manufacturing facility in Luterbach, Switzerland. It will ...
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Roivant Sciences: Reinventing what a large pharma company of the future might look like

Roivant Sciences
Roivant Sciences was founded in New York by a young investor and entrepreneur, Vivek Ramaswamy. In 2016, the company opened its global headquarte...
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“Switzerland has a good microclimate for life science companies”

Andreas Wieland
Hamilton is a global high-tech medical and sensor technology company that currently employs around 1.200 staff members. Its European headquarters...
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Santen Pharmaceutical

Santen Pharmaceutical
Santen Pharmaceutical
Santen found a proximity to pharmaceutical and life science clusters in Geneva
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Educated workforce and a strong business environment

PaxVax Berna
PaxVax, founded in 2007, is an American specialty vaccine company with its headquarters in Redwood City, California. In 2014 the life sciences fi...
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“Switzerland offers attractive and stable conditions for international companies.“

Christiane von der Eltz, General Manager and Managing Director at Merck Switzerland AG
Science and technology leader Merck has been in Switzerland for almost a century. Today it has eight sites, including five manufacturing faciliti...
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“The deciding factors were time to market and the proven track record of the Bern site.”

Martin Schaeren, Senior VP and General Manager at CSL Behring AG
CSL Behring
For over a century, CSL Behring (CSLB) has kept its founding promise to help patients suffering from rare and serious diseases. It specializes in...
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