Korean Delegation in Switzerland to Strengthen R&D Partnerships

A Korean delegation of 19 people led by the Science & Technology Office (STO) and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) visited Switzerland from April 19th to 21st. The delegation was composed of Professors and Researchers from Korean universities and 9 biotech and medtech companies.

This visit was organized by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) to support partnerships for joint R&D projects between Switzerland and Korea in order to develop ready-to-market solutions or products. The Swiss-Korean Life Science Initiative activities certainly contributed to raise the interest in this field. This initiative demonstrates the importance of sharing the knowledge and building new partnerships between medical doctors, scientists, engineers, start-ups and the private industry.

The first day of the visit was held at the ETH Zurich and at the Bio-Technopark where more than 40 companies and institutions representing a mix of young start-ups and global companies as well as university clinics, institutes, and research groups are installed. The delegation moved then to Basel for the second day where Roche’s laboratories and the Biopark of the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland have been visited. The third day was dedicated to presentations at the CTI offices in Bern.

This visit to Switzerland was an important step for the Swiss-Korean collaboration in life sciences and enthusiasm has been shown by both parties. It allowed for Korean delegation to witness the excellence of Switzerland in Education, Research and Innovation. By providing matchmaking opportunities for future R&D partnerships, CTI and KIAT strongly support the sharing of expertise and complementary knowledge as well as the improvement of innovative competitiveness of both countries through the 3rd Switzerland-Korea Call for Joint R&D Project. Applications are open until June 19th. The next important event towards this collaboration is the 4th Swiss-Korean Life Science Symposium that will be held in Switzerland for the first time. The symposium will take place in Basel between June 14th and 17th. This year’s topics are Digital Health, Precision Medicine and Global Health Innovation.

For the full list of participants, please click here.