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04.09.2018

“Our business is the most beautiful business in the world”

“Our business is the most beautiful business in the world”

Giacomo di Nepi has a successful history: A high level executive in big corporations, he transitioned towards biotech, currently as CEO of Polyphor, which, in May 2018, he led to the IPO. We spoke to Giacomo about serving patients, the timing for an IPO and the people needed in a biotech.

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25.09.2018

Basler Kantonalbank creates innovation lab

Basler Kantonalbank creates innovation lab

Basler Kantonalbank is forming an independent subsidiary as of 1 January 2019 that will develop new business models, thus acting within the bank’s strategic guideline of increasing innovative strength.

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20.09.2018

BaselArea.swiss welcomes BeiGene to Basel

BaselArea.swiss welcomes BeiGene to Basel

BeiGene, Ltd., a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, has established a regional headquarters in Basel. BaselArea.swiss assisted BeiGene in evaluating and establishing the new site.

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15.07.2018

Basel pharma companies invest most in R&D

Basel pharma companies invest most in R&D

The 24 Interpharma companies spent a total of 96 billion Swiss francs on research and development worldwide in 2017. Of this, 7 billion francs were invested in Switzerland. When compared with the sales they generated in Switzerland, the companies’ Swiss research investment was more than twice as high. According to the association, this is a testament to the great significance of Switzerland as a research location and the innovation taking place at these companies.

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19.09.2018

Den Digitaltag in der Region Basel erleben

Den Digitaltag in der Region Basel erleben

Am 25. Oktober 2018 findet der zweite Schweizer Digitaltag unter Federführung von digitalswitzerland statt. Unter dem Motto «digital gemeinsam erleben» kommt der Digitaltag in diesem Jahr dank rund 70 Partnern mit Aktivitäten in über zwölf Städten noch näher zur Bevölkerung. Neu ist der Digital Tag auch in der Region beider Basel vertreten. Das regionale Veranstalterteam setzt sich zusammen aus dem Impact Hub Basel, der Standortförderung Baselland und BaselArea.swiss als regionale Partner und dem Standortpartner Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz. Dieses Team repräsentiert das bereits existierende innovative, wirtschaftlich starke und international vernetzte Umfeld der Region Baselland.

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19.09.2018

University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-found the Botnar Research Centre in Basel

University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-found the Botnar Research Centre in Basel

The University of Basel and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health. The aim is to develop new methods for global use in pediatrics.

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13.07.2018

Basel has the biggest economic potential

Basel has the biggest economic potential

Basel has the biggest economic potential in Europe, according to a new study from BAK Economics. The city on the bend of the Rhine ranked particularly well for competitiveness, while Geneva and Zurich also came in the top five.

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18.09.2018

BaseLaunch’s second round – 10 projects enter Phase I

BaseLaunch’s second round – 10 projects enter Phase I

The BaseLaunch Accelerator, managed and operated by BaselArea.swiss, started on 14 September 2018 with ten projects entering Phase I. Over the next few months, the project teams will work with experts and advisers from various fields to define the next key R&D milestones to de-risk the science, to refine their business case, and to develop the company further.

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18.09.2018

Clariant calls for higher-value specialty chemicals

Clariant calls for higher-value specialty chemicals

Clariant is combining its Additives and high value Masterbatches business area with the speciality chemicals business of its new major shareholder SABIC. The company also indicated its commitment to its operations in Baselland and announced that it will remain listed on the Swiss stock exchange.

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03.07.2018

"Processes Kill Innovation"

The serial entrepreneur Neil Goldsmith is drawn to new ventures. We spoke to him about discovering talent suitable for start-ups and about his current involvement with BaseLaunch.

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17.09.2018

At a glance: The Life Sciences Cluster Basel Region

At a glance: The Life Sciences Cluster Basel Region

The Life Sciences Cluster Region Basel initiative has launched a new platform to increase the visibility of life sciences companies in the region. The web-based visualization is designed to showcase the region to the outside world while cultivating it internally.

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13.09.2018

J. Safra Sarasin reports economy has peaked

J. Safra Sarasin reports economy has peaked

According to J. Safra Sarasin, the global economy has reached its peak. At 3.0 per cent, growth in Switzerland is expected to match that of the USA and outperform the eurozone this year. Employment prospects are good in North-West Switzerland.

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17.06.2018

Most exciting biotechs are based in Basel

Biotechs based in Basel

Basel is among the European biotech hubs with the most exciting companies as named by labiotech.eu. The industry platform highlighted businesses including Actelion and Polyphor.

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07.09.2018

ETH investing 200 million in Basel campus

ETH investing 200 million in Basel campus

On Thursday, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new building on the Schällemätteli campus in Basel. It plans to invest 200 million Swiss francs in the new home of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering. One focus of this department’s work is advancing data science-based medicine.

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06.09.2018

Novo Holdings invests in Polyphor

Novo Holdings invests in Polyphor

Danish company Novo Holdings is investing 6.8 million Swiss francs in the biopharmaceutical Polyphor from the canton of Basel-Landschaft. As a result, it hopes to accelerate the development of novel antibiotics. Polyphor recently went public on the Swiss stock exchange.

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11.06.2018

“Basel has all the ingredients required to host a successful company”

“Basel has all the ingredients required to host a successful company”

The physician and pharmacologist Nicole Onetto is a member of the Board of Directors at the Basilea Pharmaceutica AG. In the Interview that was featured in Basilea’s annual report she talks about current challenges in oncology.

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04.09.2018

Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference

Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference

Am 20. September findet in Baden die Swiss Industry 4.0 Conference statt. Wie der Titel «Leuchttürme auf dem Weg zur digitalen Wirtschaft» verspricht, widmen sich Vertreter bekannter und traditionsreicher Unternehmen dem Thema der digitalen Transformation. Dabei steht die Praxis im Vordergrund. «An der Fachveranstaltung treffen sich jährlich Führungskräfte, die mit ihren Unternehmen Chancen der Industrie 4.0 nutzen wollen und den Austausch mit Experten und weiteren Praxisvertretern suchen», sagt Philippe Ramseier, Geschäftsinhaber von Autexis. Das Unternehmen veranstaltet die Konferenz bereits zum dritten Mal. 2017 nahmen über 300 Führungskräfte aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum teil. In diesem Jahr tritt auch BaselArea.swiss als Partner der Konferenz auf.

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04.09.2018

Connecting Innovators App – check out our latest updates

Connecting Innovators App – check out our latest updates

Launched in April 2018, the Connecting Innovators app by BaselArea.swiss has successfully built up a strong community of over 300 users who actively interact via the app. It simplifies networking substantially by allowing our event participants to use one common platform and connect with each other within a few clicks.

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05.06.2018

"We will not shy away from taking risks"

In 2016, Roivant Sciences established their global headquarters in Basel. Roivant founder and CEO Vivek Ramaswamy talked to us about his fast growing company, his priorities for the company and about the role that Roivant aims to play in the Basel life sciences ecosystem.

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04.09.2018

Basel is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe

Basel is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe

Basel is among the top ten dynamic cities in Europe, according to a study from Savills Investment. The city in the triborder region of Switzerland, France and Germany is an outstanding logistics location and stands out for its innovative pharmaceutical industry.

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04.09.2018

Welcome to Basel: MachIQ

Welcome to Basel: MachIQ

“Bringing machines to life” by creating an intelligent network of people and machines: That is the mission of the Basel based company MachIQ. CEO Roy Chikballapur has the future in mind when he predicts where industrial production is headed: “In a few years, machine builders will transform their service business from simply selling spare parts to offering up their machines in a Production as a Service model.” MachIQ provides a software for machine builders that enables them to transition to the future by simplifying customer support and monitor their machines to reduce unplanned outages for their customers. For manufacturers, MachIQ created a software that helps with predictive support and that combines useful functions for plant managers, controllers and the maintenance team alike.

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08.05.2018

“IP protection is crucial for business and research”

“IP protection is crucial for business and research”

The patent law and attorney-at-law firm Vossius & Partner has been an important partner for BaseLaunch since the inception of the healthcare accelerator in 2016. They advise startups and big corporations alike on IP strategy. Philipp Marchand, patent attorney in the Basel office, advocates to take IP protection seriously.

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03.09.2018

Inauguration du nouveau site de production Cartier à Glovelier

Inauguration du nouveau site de production Cartier à Glovelier

M. Karim Drici, directeur des manufactures Cartier Horlogerie et M. Jacques Gerber, Ministre de l’économie et de la santé de la république et canton du Jura ont coupé le ruban lors de l’inauguration de la nouvelle manufacture Cartier à Glovelier. Un bâtiment tout neuf que les 120 employés ont intégré quelques mois plus tôt : un bâtiment flexible, respectueux de l’environnement et améliorant le confort des salariées.

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03.09.2018

L'impression 3D en précision

L'impression 3D en précision

Une trentaine de participants ont été accueillis jeudi dernier 30 août 2018 à Delémont par BaselArea.swiss et 3D Precision SA dans le cadre d’événement "3D Printing in Practice – visit at 3D Precision SA".

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11.04.2018

Connecting Innovators App Launch

Connecting Innovators App Launch

How the BaselArea.swiss-App connects innovators and supports an innovative idea.

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03.09.2018

Basel-Stadt is among the most competitive cantons

Basel-Stadt is among the most competitive cantons

The canton of Basel-Stadt is one of the top three most competitive cantons in Switzerland, according to UBS’s latest Cantonal Competitiveness Indicator. It scored particularly well in the areas of innovation, human capital, accessibility and economic structure.

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28.08.2018

Intelligent Health in Basel

Innovation is a source of hope

For Lucy Rothwell, Managing Director of Inspired Minds, AI is at the forefront of improving the health of the human race. While ageing populations and increased exposure to chemicals are leading to more and new types of diseases, innovation remains a source of hope as both a curative and preventative solution. Be it the game-changing introduction of antiseptics in the 19th century, be it the use of convolutional neural networks to detect neck tumors effectively in the current day. “We have yet only uncovered the very tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s possible. The next few years and decades are set to be revolutionary in terms of AI’s role in health and life sciences – mainly in areas such as disease detection, radiology and screening, surgery, precision medicine and prediction,” Lucy Rothwell states.

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03.04.2018

“A good network is power”

“A good network is power”

Melanie Kovacs was frustrated by the IT teaching she got, and developed her own product – Master21. She attributes her success with this not least to her carefully maintained network, which has continued to grow in Basel. Melanie Kovacs and her fellow campaigners use the technology and innovation network “We Shape Tech” to promote diversity by making women working in the technology and innovation field more visible.

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27.08.2018

Basel and Toyama to cooperate on biotech

Basel and Toyama to cooperate on biotech

The Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and the Japanese prefecture of Toyama want to enter into a new cooperation in the field of biotech while strengthening their existing cooperation in the pharmaceutical area. A memorandum of understanding has now been signed to this effect.

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27.08.2018

Novartis creates up to 450 new jobs

Novartis creates up to 450 new jobs

Novartis has announced that it will invest up to 90 million Swiss francs over the next three years to construct an advanced production facility for cell and gene therapies in Stein in the canton of Aargau.

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28.03.2018

Die Wirtschaftsregion Basel-Jura entwickelt sich stabil

Die Wirtschaftsregion Basel-Jura entwickelt sich stabil

Die Wirtschaftsregion Basel-Jura bietet Unternehmen ein erstklassiges Umfeld. Dies das Fazit des aktuellen Jahresberichts 2017 von BaselArea.swiss.

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23.08.2018

Researchers discover new target for cancer treatment

Researchers discover new target for cancer treatment

The activation of immune cells is something already used in cancer immunotherapies today. Researchers in Basel have now identified a new target for activating the immune system against cancer. It is hoped this development will lead to new cancer drugs.

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21.08.2018

Aptevo deploys Genedata platform

Aptevo deploys Genedata platform

Aptevo Therapeutics, a biotechnology company from Seattle, is expanding its research into antibodies for immuno-oncology. To support its work, it is using a platform developed by Basel’s Genedata, which innovates software for life sciences applications.

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13.03.2018

“I enjoy thinking about seemingly unsolvable problems”

“I enjoy thinking about seemingly unsolvable problems”

Andreas Plückthun continues his research where others stop: 40 employees work in his laboratory on protein engineering. Their results form the basis for three biotech companies: Morphosys in Munich, as well as Molecular Partners and G7 Therapeutics (today Heptares Zurich) in Schlieren. At the Antibody Congress 2017 in Basel, Andreas Plückthun told us why he remains true to his research.

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16.08.2018

Basel leads the way with electronic health records

Basel leads the way with electronic health records

In Basel, the first electronic health record has been opened. The University Hospital Basel will soon be offering the service to patients at its clinics.

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14.08.2018

Baloise cloud seeder to protect against hail damage

Baloise cloud seeder to protect against hail damage

Basel-based insurance firm Baloise is deploying its own light aircraft to protect the population against hail damage. The aircraft releases silver iodide beneath hail clouds in an effort to reduce the damages caused by hailstones.

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11.03.2018

Meet the BaseLaunch Startups

Meet the BaseLaunch Startups

Six of the BaseLaunch startups recently started Phase II. They received either grants up to 250,000 Swiss francs or gained free of charge access to BaseLaunch laboratory and office space at the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area. Hear what the startups, the BaseLaunch team and selection committee members experienced in the first year. Find out more about what makes BaseLaunch unique.

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14.08.2018

3D printing: rapidly developing technology in life sciences

From muscle fibres to organs

Bioprinting offers huge, hitherto undreamed of potential. Printing skin, muscle tissue or bone matter is already a reality, but you can’t yet print an organ, even though things are heading in that direction. These developments will, for example, allow pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies to carry out in vitro testing and reduce testing on animals. Researchers and engineers can functionalise printed items, for instance by adding tubes for irrigation. This means arteries can be printed, and work is under way on smaller blood vessels.

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13.08.2018

Impact Hub Basel has successfully launched

Impact Hub Basel has successfully launched

Startups in the Basel region have a new home: The 2017 established Hubbasel Association is now an official member of the global Impact Hub family. All Impact Hub candidates need to go through a challenging process that can take years, with the official head organization supporting and evaluating the candidates.

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06.02.2018

“As an entrepreneur, you have to own up to your decisions”

“As an entrepreneur, you have to own up to your decisions”

Five years ago, Alisée de Tonnac quit her job at L’Oréal and travelled the world to set up the first edition of the startup competition Seedstars World. Five years later, Seedstars is present in more than 85 cities worldwide, runs its own co-working and educational centers and plans to have 15 Seedspaces for co-working and co-living by the end of 2018. BaselArea.swiss sat down with Alisée de Tonnac after her keynote at the Swiss Innovation Forum that took place in Basel last November.

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