From the lab to the market
The goal is for the innovations emerging from Swiss research to be brought to market quickly so as to develop new products or new industrial processes.
Several technology transfer organisations including Alliance, CeTT and PACTT, operate in this field in conjunction with universities and research institutions in the canton of Vaud. Their goal is to create an exchange between the worlds of research and business.
Company creation (spin-off or start-up) is also very much encouraged: numerous tools for implementing research have been put in place (see “Supporting technological innovation” and “Business incubators and technology parks”).
Switzerland has been busy developing technology transfer since the 1990s. According to a study by the World Economic Forum (Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010), the country comes in 2ndh place in the global leagues tables for cooperation between academia and industry.