Life sciences (biotechnology and medical engineering)

The canton of Vaud is one of the principal research clusters in Europe in the biomedical field. In a recent edition, the magazine Science even granted it a central place in the European “Biomedical Valley”.

The most prestigious research centres include Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics or the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lausanne (see “Research centres”).

Merck-Serono, Europe’s leading biotechnology firm, has its main production and pharmaceutical research institution in the canton of Vaud, in Corsier-sur-Vevey.

At the regional level, the canton of Vaud is also at the heart of the BioAlps, a life science cluster forming a global centre of excellence together with the neighbouring cantons (Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Valais).

Moreover, Biopôle SA, situated on the communes of Lausanne and Epalinges, has started the construction of a site entirely dedicated to welcome companies active in the areas of biotechnology and health technologies, the Biopôle.

Vaud hosts some 70 companies employing more than 2,000 people in the life science sector, ranging from start-up to multinationals such as Serono (biotech), Medtronic and Beckman Coulter (medical engineering).

Life Sciences Cluster of Western Switzerland

Promotion of enterprises and research institutions in western Switzerland active in the field of life sciences (biotechnologies and medical technologies).