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Hererogeneous Technology Alliance to launch 4-Labs

02/03/2009
The representatives of the 4 laboratories and 4-Labs enterprise

The partners of the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA), CEA, CSEM, FhG & VTT today announce the next step of the expansion of their joint initiative. A new company, 4-Labs, has been incorporated this month with the main mission of commercializing HTA technologies across Europe.

In the near term, the new company will mainly target business opportunities in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Attention will be paid as well to new member states of the European Community.Through this new organization, HTA members aim at improving their understanding of the technology requirements of the European industry and to build the best solutions for satisfying these needs. This is the first time that major R&D organizations have put their efforts together in the foundation of an incorporated company.
4-Labs is located in Geneva and will be initially driven by two senior members of the heterogeneous technology industry. André Perret, formerly Vice President Strategic Relations at CSEM will act as General Director of the new company and David Holden formerly International Business Development Director at CEA/Minatec will act as Business Development Director.
4-Labs has chosen Geneva as a base for coordinating joint research projects and developing innovative solutions for industry, using highly qualified professionals. This decision reinforces the position of the canton as an undisputable leader of Research and Development in Europe. Pierre-François Unger and the Geneva Economic Development Office have played a determining role in establishing the European Headquarters of 4-Labs in Geneva by facilitating procedures with the various administrative offices, as well as actively proposing the best solutions for this new company. “All of the conditions are now in place to welcome 4-Labs and its partners under the most favorable conditions in Geneva”, announced Daniel Loeffler, Director of the Geneva Economic Development Office.
HTA (HETEROGENEOUS TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE) At a glanceHTA is a solution to bring coherence and synergies between teams and research infrastructures in the field of miniaturisation and system integration. Current members include CSEM, CEA, FhG VuE, and VTT. Operated as a "one-stop-shop", HTA guarantees a simple access to an enlarged portfolio of technologies. With a staff of more than 5000 scientists and a portfolio of more than 3000 patents, HTA is de facto the largest European institute in the field.Further information is available at www.hta-online.euCSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA), SwitzerlandCSEM, Centre Suisse d’ Electronique et de Microtechnique (Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology), founded in 1984 is a private research and development centre, which has specialized in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering and communications technologies. It offers its customers and industry partners tailor-made innovative solutions based on its technological expertise from applied research. Furthermore, in founding start-ups, it actively contributes to developing Switzerland as an industrial location. To date, a total of 28 such new enterprises have been launched by CSEM with more than 500 employees.Approximately 400 highly qualified and specialized employees from various scientific and technical disciplines work for CSEM in Neuchâtel, Zurich, Basel, Alpnach and Landquart. They represent more than 20 nationalities and constitute the basis of the company’s creativity, dynamism and innovation potential.Further information is available at www.csem.chCEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique), FranceThe CEA, Commissariat à l‘Energie Atomique, is a government-funded research organization active in the fields of energy, health and infor-mation technologies, and defense. Within CEA, the major technological resources can be found in Grenoble where CEA-LETI and CEA-LITEN are located.CEA-LETI, Laboratoire d‘Electronique et de Technologie de l‘Information (Laboratory of electronics and information technology), is at the cutting edge of European research into microelectronics, micro- and nanotechnology. It employs more than 1,000 people. CEA-LITEN, Laboratoire d’Innovations pour les Technologies des Energies nouvelles et les Nanomatériaux (Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is developing new technologies for energy, focusing on photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel cells and nanomaterials addressing building, transport and mobile electronics as main markets. It employs 400 people.Further information is available at www.leti.frFhG VµE Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, GermanyThe Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung FhG (Fraunhofer Society) is one of the leading European institutions for contract research. Its Microelectronics Group VμE brings together the activities of twelve institutes working in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics and microsystems.Strongly industry driven, more than 1,700 employees are working on the development and implementation of innovative concepts of miniaturized, highly integrated micro systems. Thus Fraunhofer VμE bridges the gap between semiconductor technologies and its applications. The focus is on creating new technical solutions for advanced electronic system integration, design and process technologies.Further information is available at www.vue.fraunhofer.de
VTT (Technical Research Centre), FinlandVTT is the leading multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe and it is a part of the Finnish innovation system under the domain of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT has a long experience of collaboration with industry, e.g. companies working with mobile technologies and wireless systems. VTT personnel consists of 2 700 top professionals.
VTT‘s technological focus areas are applied materials, bio and chemistry processes, energy, information and communication technologies, microtechnologies and electronics, industrial systems management and technology in the community.Further information is available at www.vtt.fiContact :
Economic Development OfficeDaniel Loeffler, DirectorTel. +41 (0)22 388 34 34daniel.loeffler@etat.ge.ch 4-LabsDr. André Perret, General DirectorTel. 032 720 53 47andre.perret@4-labs.com
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