Engineering the nervous system to improve sensation, cognition, and mobility, we strive to create solutions for new markets using bioengineering and neuroscience.

Life science as center point. Discovering and understanding how to create solutions, methodologies and products to improve quality of life.

The aim is to develop new technologies that detect, support, repair and replace functions of our human body including the nervous system.

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We are also reconstructing the brain piece by piece and building a virtual brain in a supercomputer—these are some of the goals of the Blue Brain Project.  The virtual brain will be an exceptional tool giving neuroscientists a new understanding of the brain and a better understanding of neurological diseases.

Examples

Clinical Bioinformatics for personalized medicine

To coordinate bioinformatics analysis pipelines for data across hospitals in Switzerland, helping health professionals to make use of this clinically-useful knowledge.

Neuroscience and speech processing

Syllables that oscillate in neuronal circuits: What neuroscience can say about speech processing in the brain.

Brain and Behavior Laboratory to study the cerebral bases of emotions

A multidisciplinary center to study the cerebral bases of human mental functions, emotions, and behaviour as well as dysfunctions due to neurological or psychiatric disease.

e-Health and Telemedicine in developing countries

In developing countries, continuing education of healthcare professionals and access to specialized advice are usually limited to capitals whereas the professionals are most needed in the periphery, to implement effective strategies for prevention and first-line healthcare.

MOOCs on global health

Our globalised world has posed new challenges for global health. Infectious diseases have the potential to travel quickly and spread widely across countries.

Learning thanks to video games

How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.

A new way to treat colon cancer

Vitamin A can treat resistant colon cancer, preventing cancerous stem cells of the colon from growing uncontrollably and spreading.

Observing living cells in 3D

3D Cell Explorer, a new type of microscope, will allow researchers to peer inside living cells without damaging them.

Amplifying molecular vibrations with light

Researchers have determined the exact conditions needed for a light-induced force to drive a molecule’s vibrations to large amplitudes.

50,000 images of infected and healthy crop

Scientists create a database of infected plants for a smartphone app allowing farmers to get instant diagnosis and treatment advice.

Cubosomes for the controlled release of molecules

Scientists were able to study the 3D structure of cubosomes in detail for the first time for possible future use in medicine and food science.

The brains ‘go’ signal

With the finding of a specific neuron, researchers pinpointed a part of the brain where actions are first sparked into life.

3D printed miniature microfluidic device

Scientists unveiled a unique 3D printed medical device which is able to monitor critical blood levels in real time.

Enabling sterilization anywhere

A cheap mobile sterilization kit for medical tools to prevent infections resulting from bad hygienic conditions.

New Two-Micron Laser without an isolator

Scientists created a 2-µm fiber laser without isolator that might move the boundaries of surgery and molecule detection.

A far-red DNA stain for live-cell nanoscopy

By combining two molecules, scientists have developed a DNA stain that that can be used to safely image living cells.

Better and cheaper DNA sequencing

EPFL scientists have developed a method that improves the accuracy of DNA sequencing up to a thousand times.

Slowing down aggressive brain cancer

Tricyclic antidepressants combined with anticoagulant drugs cause cancer cells to eat themselves and slow down brain tumors.

Self-learning and easy-to-use prostheses

Brain-machine interfaces to teach neuroprosthetics the proper movements based on „ERP – error-related potential“.

Neuroreceptor in 3D

Uncovering the 3D structure of a crucial neuroreceptor will lead to novel medicines for neurological diseases.

The next level of gene regulation

The same genes under the same regulation can still produce different organs in the developing fetus.

Re-educating the immune system

A promising method to fight autoimmune diseases by re-educating the white blood cells.

Pocket-size medical lab

Miniature laboratory for medical tests in the size of a Swiss army knife.

 

Amputee Feels with Bionic Hand

Prosthetic hand to grasp objects intuitively and identify the touching.

Human Brain Project

Understanding and mimic the way the brain works, to revolutionize information technology, medicine and society.

Blue Brain Project

Reconstructing the brain piece by piece and building a virtual brain in a supercomputer. EPFL and IBM are working on the virtual brain.

Robot piloted by thoughts

Telepresence system developed at the EPFL and successfully tested by quadriplegics to remotely control a robot.

A cyber skin that feels

An artificial electronic skin connected to the nervous system. Stretchable electronics as prosthetic skin for burn victims.

Walking Again After Spinal Cord Injury

Scientists wake up a dormant spinal column and restore voluntary lower body movement when stimulated.

Sites

Campus Biotech GENEVA

9 chemin des Mines, 1202 Genève SWITZERLAND

The new center of excellence in biotechnology and life science research. The right place for companies interested to succeed fast into the future of life science.

EPFL Innovation Park LAUSANNE

EPFL Innovation Park, Route Cantonale, 1015 Lausanne Switzerland

Home town of the EPFL and best place for companies looking for disruptive innovation. Home of the R&D of important companies.

Biopôle LAUSANNE

Route de la Corniche 4, 1066 Lausanne Switzerland

Biopôle is a life sciences community bringing together industry and academia, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It offers a world-class combination of infrastructure, added value services, living space and community engagement.

Bio & Neuroengineering – Neuroprosthetics – Brain simulation – Oncology – Immunology – Vaccine – Personalized medicine