Located in the District of Sécheron, the Campus Biotech positions the Lake Geneva region to the forefront of global research in neuroscience and digital health.

This 40,000 m² centre of excellence in biotechnology and life sciences is a melting pot of scientists and entrepreneurs. Biotech hosts many academic and industrial partners, including the Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering.

This new ecosystem is based on an interdisciplinary scientific approach to stimulate innovation in the field of life sciences.

The innovation is written in its DNA and bioinformatics has been invented in Geneva. The founding members of the Campus Biotech are the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Geneva, the Bertarelli Family and Hansjörg Wyss.

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.

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.

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.

On site

LifeScience

Neurosciences

Aiming at engineering the nervous system to improve sensation, cognition, and mobility. Neurosciences strives to create solutions for new markets using bioengineering and neuro-prosthetics to improve human lives. Leading cutting edge research in different neuroscience areas is only possible by studying, in particular, the standard or pathological behaviours of the brain, both in human beings (adults or children) and animals.

Personalized medicine

The medical discipline that strives to the customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, practices, and/or products being tailored to the individual patient’s needs all across the healthcare value-chain. By concentrating their work on the knowledge of the human being and illness, with the patient as the main actor, researchers aim to develop new therapeutic solutions, and to improve the diagnostic tools, the prevention, the quality of treatment, help and support for patients.

Bioinformatics

The science of bioinformatics is about applying information technology to biological problems. It provides databases, algorithmic and software tools that help in searching, analyzing, modeling and understanding of biological data.

Affective Sciences

Through psychology, philosophy and neurosciences, the multidisciplinary study of emotions and their effects on human behaviour and society helps better understand the involvement of emotions in the areas such as health, human resources, resource management, decision making and art.

Global Health

Research and action on transnational issues, determinants and solutions on all factors that comprise health for the protection against global threats and the achievement of health equity for all people worldwide. The unique position of Geneva enables the researchers to develop strong links with global actors in global health. Through reflection, research and cutting edge teaching, students, professionals and decision-makers can cope better with the contemporary challenges of global health.

Professors and experts

Antoine Flahault

Institute of Global Health

Global health
Epidemiology and cancer
Health and human rights
Public mental health and ageing

Antoine Geissbühler

Knowledge in Motion

Cyberhealth
Telemedicine

David Sander

Affective Sciences

Emotion elicitation
Cognitive mechanisms

Daphné Bavelier

Bavelier Lab

Cognitive neurosciences
Human brain plasticity
Cognitive sciences

Patrik Vuilleumier

Neuroscience Center

Neuroscience
Standard and pathological behaviours of the brain
Neurobiology

Henry Markram

Neural Microcircuitry Laboratory

Single-cell gene expression
Channelome
Electrophysiology & Microcircuits
Neuromodulation

Grégoire Courtine

Spinal Cord Repair

Multifaceted neuroprosthetic systems
Advanced neurorehabilitation
Spinal cord injury
Neuroprosthetics
Brain-machine interface

Olaf Blanke

Cognitive Neuroprosthetics

Multisensory and sensorimotor integration
Neuroscience robotics
Neuroimaging
Virtual reality

Diego Ghezzi

Neuroengineering

Neuro-optoelectronic interfaces
Visual prosthesis
Nanofabrication
Biocompatibility

José del R. Millán

Brain-Machine Interface

Brain-computer interfaces
Statistical machine
Learning Human-robot interaction
Adaptive robotics

Silvestro Micera

Translational Neuroengineering

Implantable neuroprostheses
Rehabilitation robotics
Wearable devices
Neuro-controlled artificial limbs

Stéphanie Lacour

Neuroprosthetic Technology

Tactile sensors
Biocompatibility
Thin film electronics
Micro nanofabrication

Partners

Université de Genève (UNIGE)

Founded in 1559, the UNIGE is one of the largest university of Switzerland with 16’800 students, 750 professors and 9 faculties. Ranking among the top 100 universities worldwide, the UNIGE enjoys a strong international reputation for the quality of its research and the excellence of its education.

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)

A merger of eight public hospitals and forty outpatient clinics throughout the canton of Geneva, the HUG is Switzerlands largest University Hospital. The HUG employs more than 10’000 collaborators and is internationally respected as a major research centre.

Wyss Center

The Wyss Center, is an independent, not for profit organization that provides the resources, facilities and expertise required to transform creative neuroscience research into clinical solutions that will improve the lives of people with nervous system disorders.

HES-SO Genève

The University of Applied Science and Arts (HES-SO) of Geneva regroups 5,000 students in 6 schools of higher education for Agronomy, Landscape Architecture, Nature Management, Interior Design, Information Science, International Business Management, Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychomotricity and Music and Movement.

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

SIB is a nonprofit organization federating 65 Swiss research and service groups expert in bioinformatics. SIB’s 800 scientists join forces to advance biomedical research by providing life scientists and clinicians with state-of-the-art bioinformatics resources, expertise, trainings, and services.