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27.09.2018

"I Was Always One of Few Women in the Industry"

SOLO Swiss in Porrentruy in the canton of Jura has been making industrial furnaces for heat-treating metals since 1924. The family company with a global presence is developing against the backdrop of Industry 4.0 and is struggling to find the qualified workforce which is indispensable for what it does amid the effects of the strong franc and what are sometimes restrictive administrative regulations. Interview with Anne-Sophie Spérison, President and CEO.

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16.10.2018

Basel company revolutionizes battery market

Basel company revolutionizes battery market

Innolith, a new battery technology company, has opened its global headquarters in Basel. The company has developed an innovative battery technology that offers significant advantages over organic lithium-ion batteries.

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15.10.2018

At Stücki Park, the future is around the corner

At Stücki Park, the future is around the corner

Late August 2018 was literally groundbreaking for the Stücki Park: The laying of the first stone for new office and laboratory spaces at Stücki Park took place, launching the construction of four new buildings with office and lab infrastructure in two stages – another big leap in shaping the future of the up-and-coming business location. The new development at Hochbergerstrasse 60 expands the existing facilities to a total footprint of 60'000 m2 and increases capacity by an additional 1’700 workspaces.

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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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15.10.2018

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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12.10.2018

Global Coating Supplier - Axalta Receives Tell Award 2018

Global Coating Supplier - Axalta Receives Tell Award 2018

Axalta, a leading global coatings supplier of liquid and powder coatings, received the Tell Award by Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). During the Award ceremony, Giorgio Pompilio, Acting Consul General of Switzerland in New York, lauded Axaltas significant investment in the Basel Area.

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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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11.10.2018

Straumann unveils new products

Straumann unveils new products

Straumann, a dental company from Basel, has developed a range of new products, including a two-piece ceramic implant and a mini implant system. The dental company from Basel has also announced pre-clinical and clinical results for its fully tapered implant BLX.

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09.10.2018

Therachon completes 'transformational' acquisition

Basel-based biotechnology company Theracon has acquired GLyPharma Therapeutic, allowing it to expand its rare disease product pipeline. The acquisition comes on the heels of $60 million financing round.

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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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05.10.2018

«Medtech & Pharma Platform» 5th anniversary conference again in Basel

«Medtech & Pharma Platform» 5th anniversary conference again in Basel

The Medtech & Pharma Platform (MPP) celebrates its 5th anniversary as an international conference on 16/17 October 2018 in the Congress Center Basel.

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05.10.2018

Visionarity promotes healthy living

Visionarity, a startup company from Basel, is using a digital health ecosystem to motivate employees to live well. It has already won its first partners and is now planning a financing round.

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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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04.10.2018

Basel scientists develop DNA storage device

Basel scientists develop DNA storage device

Basel – Scientists at the ETH Zurich’s Department of Biosystems in Basel have developed a storage mechanism that can provide insight into the history of cellular processes. It is the first device of its kind.

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27.09.2018

Chinese Pharma Goes Global

Chinese Pharma Goes Global

It was a journey from Basel to Shanghai and back, appreciative of the ten year old partnership between the two cities: The Swiss Chinese Life Sciences Forum 2018 that took place on 13 September gathered experts from two continents at the Novartis Campus in Basel. Key players provided insights into the Chinese Pharma landscape in their talks. The subsequent panel discussion focused on opportunities for greater collaboration between Swiss and Chinese Pharma. The event was organized by BaselArea.swiss, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) and hosted by Novartis.

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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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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

First semester starts well for FHNW Campus Muttenz

First semester starts well for FHNW Campus Muttenz

The semester has got off to a successful start at FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland’s new Campus Muttenz. With 4,000 students and 800 employees, the campus comprises five schools.

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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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20.09.2018

See you @ Blockchain Leadership Summit in Basel

See you @ Blockchain Leadership Summit in Basel

2 days of exclusive content, intensive networking and face-to-face meetings. More that 70 carefully selected speakers and top-of-the-mind trendsetters from all over the world: This is the Blockchain Leadership Summit, taking place on 23 and 24 November 2018 at the Congress Center in Basel. BaselArea.swiss is a proud partner of the event.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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18.09.2018

500 words on the DayOne Conference 2018

DayOne Conference 2018 (img: Pino Covino)

DayOne has a history of changing and growing each year. This year the DayOne Conference took place on 11 September, and it kept its promise and it felt like several gears were being shifted. This has to do with three factors: world relevance, innovation community engagement and patient dialogue outreach.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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