According to Science magazine, the Lake Geneva Region is currently "number one cluster for life sciences research in continental Europe".
Geneva is a major centre for technical excellence and innovation, with more than 600 enterprises involved in research, development and manufacturing of products in sectors with high added value.
Geneva is part of BioAlps, one of the three most important European centers for research in biotechnology and medical technologies, alongside Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom, and currently the fastest growing life science cluster in the world.
Geneva provides unique opportunities for synergies and alliances with top-rated research institutes.
The leading scientific research institutions in the Lake Geneva region include:
- European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
- Group of Applied Physics (GAP)
- iGE3, the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva
- Geneva Observatory
- Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE)
- Swiss Institute of Services Science (SISS)
- MIRALab, University of Geneva
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
- Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)
- The University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and of Lausanne (CHUV)
The National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) promote long-term research projects in areas of strategic importance for the advancement of science in Switzerland and for its economic and social development. Geneva is home to four such national centers: Genetics, Chemical Biology, Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (MaNEP) and Affective Sciences.
Geneva is also home to major corporate R&D laboratories, including:
- Bracco Switzerland
- Covance Central Laboratory
- Firmenich R&D headquarters
- STMicroelectronics Design Centre
" Various international rankings put the School of Sciences among the top in several fields, from life sciences to physical sciences."
Jean-Marc Triscone, Dean of the University of Geneva