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02.12.2019

“The first steps are slow and then suddenly things start rolling”

“The first steps are slow and then suddenly things start rolling”

After more than 25 years in the pharma business, Andreas Katopodis founded the biotech company Anaveon together with Professor Onur Boyman. In 2019, the startup raised 35 million CHF and will shortly complete the establishment of its new laboratory as the company progresses its products towards clinical development. With a lot of optimistic realism, Andreas takes stock.

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17.01.2020

Novartis opens Campus up for innovation

Novartis opens Campus up for innovation

Basel-based pharmaceutical Novartis is opening up its campus in Basel to external partners, including Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area, which will establish an additional office there.

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16.01.2020

TÜV Süd opens office in Basel

TÜV Süd opens office in Basel

TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH has started the new year with a new office in Basel. Improving service for Swiss customers is the focus.

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22.10.2019

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area opens site in Jura

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area opens site in Jura

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area has opened its third location. The park is now represented in Jura alongside its locations in the Cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt. This represents something of a milestone for the operators BaselArea.swiss.

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10.01.2020

NBE-Therapeutics raises 22 million dollars

NBE-Therapeutics raises 22 million dollars

The Basel biotech company NBE-Therapeutics has successfully closed a series C financing round. The funds raised will help the company develop its leading product candidate to fight cancer.

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09.01.2020

Sotio opens office in Basel

Sotio opens office in Basel

The Czech biotech company Sotio has opened an office in the Technologiepark Basel. Sotio Biotech AG will be responsible for the company’s clinical development.

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26.09.2019

GRID boosts innovative power of Basel region

GRID boosts innovative power of Basel region

Work on the construction of the GRID complex for innovation and commerce has begun on the BaseLink site in Allschwil BL. By mid-2022, the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area will be operating from the new site as its anchor tenant.

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09.01.2020

New at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area: Coretag

New at Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area: Coretag

Coretag, a new dynamic biotech company, launches a radioligand platform technology for a range of therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. A radioligand is a radioactive biochemical that is used for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures or for studying the body’s receptor systems. Injected into the relevant tissue or administered into the bloodstream, the radioligand binds to its receptor on tumor cells surfaces. Coretag is determined to rapidly improve care with this platform technology.

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20.12.2019

Basel leads in international tax competition

Basel leads in international tax competition

The canton of Basel-Stadt offers one of the world’s most attractive tax burdens for companies, according to the latest BAK Taxation Index. With an effective tax burden of 11 per cent, it has ranked seventh in the world for the first time.

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26.09.2019

“The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area and the Jura are a match made in heaven”

“The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area and the Jura are a match made in heaven”

The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area will be opening its Jura site on 25 October. Claude-Henri Schaller, Director of the Office for the Economy and Labour and Vice President of Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area AG, is convinced that the Innovation Park can make a major contribution to the diversification of industry in the Jura and will create stronger ties between industry and research.

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19.12.2019

Cellestia Biotech secures new funds

Cellestia Biotech secures new funds

The Basel startup Cellestia Biotech has raised 20 million Swiss francs in a financing round. It plans to use the funds to advance the development of its agent CB-103 for the treatment of specific types of cancer.

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18.12.2019

Basel is evolving into a pediatrics hub

Basel is evolving into a pediatrics hub

The Botnar Research Center for Child Health in Basel has started its research activities. The first four projects have now been selected. Together with the DayOne Accelerator from BaselArea.swiss, Basel is gradually evolving into a pediatrics hub.

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19.09.2019

What we learned at this year’s DayOne Conference

What we learned at this year’s DayOne Conference

Twenty-two panellists and speakers, among them 3 patients and digital health futurist Maneesh Juneja, 30 project champions and their mentors, 40 volunteers and 450 participants and Arcondis as conference Partner  — this was the DayOne Conference which took place on September 9 at the FHNW in Muttenz.

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17.12.2019

Basel leading the way on quantum technology

Basel leading the way on quantum technology

The federal government has launched six new National Centers of Competence in Research. Two of these are to be located at the University of Basel. This will now see the groundwork on new information-processing technology conducted in Basel.

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16.12.2019

Basel startup eliminating typos

Basel startup eliminating typos

The startup Typewise has developed a new virtual keyboard for smartphones. This should see the number of typos made by users reduced drastically.

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26.08.2019

"We make no compromises in creating the highest potential company"

Versant Ventures has a strong history in building successful companies such as Therachon, Black Diamond or CRISPR  Therapeutics. We talked to Alex Mayweg, partner at Versant Ventures in Basel, about the beauty of Versant Ventures discovery engine Ridgeline Therapeutics, translating science into successful drug development programs and the future of drug discovery.

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13.12.2019

Basel startup produces versatile lasers

Basel startup produces versatile lasers

Basel-based startup Menhir Photonics has developed an ultrafast laser that is precise, robust and can be used in a wide range of applications. The startup hopes to contribute to the development of new markets with its versatile laser.

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12.12.2019

Data Driven Healthcare – and Europe?

Data Driven Healthcare – and Europe?

The future of health is data driven. But are we ready for this to happen? This question was raised at our recent DayOne Expert Event. Answers were given by Dutch and Swiss leaders in digital health.

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11.06.2019

"I am amazed by the level of innovation in the Jura"

The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area already has two sites, in Allschwil and Basel, and will soon add a third in the Jura. It will be located on the Innodel campus in the municipality of Courroux, between Delémont and Courrendlin. Work is ongoing at the Jura site, which is set to officially open on 25 October.

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10.12.2019

Roche diabetes app replaces blood glucose meter

Roche diabetes app replaces blood glucose meter

Diabetes patients can use an app developed by Roche to determine their blood sugar levels on the basis of two photos taken on a cell phone camera. The Basel-based pharma group has now received the CE Mark for its app, paving the way for it to be marketed throughout Europe and in other countries around the world.

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09.12.2019

Pharmaceutical location Basel contributes to prosperity

Pharmaceutical location Basel contributes to prosperity

BAK Economics has presented on behalf of Interpharma the report The Importance of the Pharmaceutical Industry for Switzerland. The study reveals how much the pharmaceutical industry contributes to prosperity in Switzerland. Basel also stands out in an international comparison.

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06.05.2019

“Here at Bell, we combine handcraft and automation”

“Here at Bell, we combine handcraft and automation”

Over the space of 150 years, a butcher’s in Basel has grown into an international food company, with the Bell Food Group now employing more than 12,000 people in 15 countries. Markus Ettlin, Head of Industry 4.0/Automation at the Bell Food Group, provides an update on the company’s current Industry 4.0 projects, the limits of automation, and innovations in the food sector.

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06.12.2019

BeiGene wins Scrip Award

BeiGene wins Scrip Award

The pharmaceutical company BeiGene has won a Scrip Award that recognizes contributions across the pharma sector to improving healthcare. BeiGene’s European headquarters is located in Basel.

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06.12.2019

Artidis raises close to CHF 9 million in seed funding

Artidis raises close to CHF 9 million in seed funding

Basel-based medtech company Artidis has raised CHF 8.8 million in seed funding in two rounds. A spin-off from the University of Basel, Artidis has developed a nanotechnology device for diagnosing cancer.

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02.04.2019

“The Basel region is very advanced in healthcare innovation”

“The Basel region is very advanced in healthcare innovation”

A new master’s degree at the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland aims to prepare the next generation of professionals in the life sciences industries: Students in “Medical Informatics” are trained to apply the latest technologies during projects for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Professor Enkelejda Miho from the Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies at FHNW is confident that the combination of life sciences, informatics and business brings forward a desired new profile of professionals.

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05.12.2019

Christian Müller is a leading global researcher

Christian Müller is a leading global researcher

The Basel heart specialist Christian Müller is one of the most frequently cited researchers in the world. The professor leads the Cardiovascular Research Institute Basel at the University Hospital Basel.

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02.12.2019

La meilleure façon de découvrir le Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area

La meilleure façon de découvrir le Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area

Le Co-Working est en plein essor dans le monde entier, y compris en Suisse. Depuis l'ouverture du Switzerland Innovation Park dans le canton du Jura, la perspective du Co-Working s'est enrichi d'un nouvel atout : depuis le mois d’octobre, le Parc de l'Innovation a ouvert ses portes à Courroux, près de Delémont. Son objectif est de renforcer l'innovation locale, simplifier les collaborations entre entreprises et créer un lieu vivant d'échange pour la recherche et la pratique. Le site du Jura par exemple, lancera des projets dans le domaine de la santé et du numérique au service de la santé. Les activités dans le domaine de la transformation industrielle ont également une place importante. En effet, les nombreux fournisseurs de l'industrie horlogère s'engagent à relever le défi de diversifier davantage leurs points forts et de se préparer ainsi pour l'avenir.

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28.03.2019

33 recently arrived companies create hundreds of jobs

Basel and the Rhine - attractive for companies (img: Basel Tourismus)

The efforts of BaselArea.swiss proved extremely successful in 2018. 33 companies – seven more than in the previous year – were persuaded to move to the Basel economic region. 16 companies arrived from Europe, nine of which came from Germany. BaselArea.swiss also supported six Swiss companies in the search for a suitable business location in the Basel region. Of the newly arrived companies, 19 operate in the life sciences and chemicals sectors.

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29.11.2019

Swiss TPH steps up fight against parasitic worm infections

Swiss TPH steps up fight against parasitic worm infections

The Basel based Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is leading the newly founded HELP consortium, which brings together research institutes, pharmaceutical companies and other partners in an effort to develop new drugs for infections caused by parasitic worms.

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28.11.2019

Basel areas hold promise for investors

Basel areas hold promise for investors

Substantial efforts are underway in Basel to develop news areas and create space for people and companies. The efforts were welcomed by investors at the 17th Basler Investorengespräch.

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05.03.2019

Healthcare innovations gain traction with the DayOne Accelerator

Healthcare innovations gain traction with the DayOne Accelerator

Three innovative healthcare startups participate in the first round of the DayOne Accelerator. Faraz Oloumi from Aurteen, Chang Yun from Noul and Christian Vogler and Leo Gschwind from Advancience are examples of how far conviction can get you.

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25.11.2019

BE4.0 – eine Plattform für die Industrie der Zukunft

BE4.0 – eine Plattform für die Industrie der Zukunft

4000 Besucher und 270 Aussteller: Die Industriemesse BE4.0, die am 19. und 20. November 2019 bereits zum 5. Mal stattfand, lockte ein grosses Publikum nach Mulhouse. Auch die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs i4Challenge 2019 präsentierten sich am Stand von BaselArea.swiss.

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25.11.2019

Novartis on the cusp of taking over The Medicines Company

Novartis on the cusp of taking over The Medicines Company

The Basel-based pharmaceutical company Novartis has come to an agreement with the management of the US firm The Medicines Company with regard to a takeover. The deal is expected to be closed at the start of 2020 for a total of 9.7 billion US dollars.

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05.02.2019

“We are a small company with a big portfolio”

“We are a small company with a big portfolio”

After Martine and Jean-Paul Clozel created Actelion with two other founders and grew Actelion into Europe’s biggest biotech, the company and its late-stage pipeline were acquired by Johnson&Johnson in 2017. With Actelion’s discovery- and early-stage R&D assets, the couple formed Idorsia, with the vision to build one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical companies

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25.11.2019

Canton of Basel-Landschaft cuts corporate tax rates

Canton of Basel-Landschaft cuts corporate tax rates

Corporate tax rates in the canton of Basel-Landschaft will be cut from a maximum of 20.7 percent today to 13.45 percent in 2025. This has been stipulated by the proposed Tax Regulation 17, which was approved on Sunday.

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22.11.2019

Initiative for innovative companies in Basel-Landschaft

Initiative for innovative companies in Basel-Landschaft

A new initiative has been launched to support innovative SMEs and startups in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in an effort to make the region even more attractive and strengthen its ability to innovate. The initiative will offer both financial assistance and advisory services.

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08.01.2019

"It doesn't always have to stay the same"

Désirée Mettraux has been the CEO of Creadi since 2016. The Pax spin-off has developed the Simpego online insurance platform. The insurance expert is confident that the industry will profit if it opens itself up to partners. The aim is to make insurance fun.

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20.11.2019

DayOne Accelerator finalizes participants

DayOne Accelerator finalizes participants

BaselArea.swiss manages the DayOne initiative, which is now organizing the second round of the DayOne Accelerator. The participants are Digital Health startups promoting the health of children and young people.

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20.11.2019

startup baselland supports company creation

startup baselland supports company creation

BaselArea.swiss is working with selected organizations and Standortförderung Baselland to support the foundation of companies in the canton of Basel-Landschaft. At the root of the partnerships is the initiative startup baselland.

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03.12.2018

“Momentum for blockchain in healthcare is growing in Basel”

“Momentum for blockchain in healthcare is growing in Basel”

Marco Cuomo and Daniel Fritz from Novartis got engaged in blockchain two years ago. Today, their aim is set high: With other pharma companies under the Innovative Medicines Initiative, they formed a “Blockchain Enabled Healthcare” program, due to kick off in 2019. The program that they presented at the Blockchain Leadership Summit in Basel – Switzerland’s largest conference in this field - wants no less than to define how blockchain is applied in healthcare.

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(Source: http://www.baselarea.swiss/en/baselarea-swiss/channels/innovation-report.html)