With the official opening of Campus Biotech in Geneva, the Lake Geneva region cements its position at the forefront of biotechnological and life science research.
Born out of an initiative of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the Bertarelli family and Hansjörg Wyss, Campus Biotech was officially inaugurated on Friday, May 22nd, in the presence of federal, cantonal and communal authorities and personalities from the scientific, academic and industrial worlds.
A unique center of excellence in Europe, Campus Biotech welcomes many academic and industrial partners such as teams from UNIGE, EPFL, the University Hospitals of Geneva, the Wyss Centre of bio- and neuroengineering, the Human Brain Project, the Swiss Institute of bioinformatics, and the School of Landscaping, Engineering and Architecture. Through an interdisciplinary scientific approach, it aims to stimulate innovation, collaboration and technology translation in the area of life sciences.
Campus Biotech is located in the former Serono site in Sécheron, Geneva, and extends out over 40,000m2. The site – where over 800 researchers will be working according to Swiss news agency ATS – is characterized by large open and closed spaces, and over 70% of the energy it consumes is renewable.