A Strong Start-up Scene Flourishes in the Life Sciences Capital Basel


  • Peter Burckhardt CEO EVA - the Basel life sciences start-up agency CEO BASEL INKUBATOR President Biovalley Business Angels Club BioBAC Hochbergerstrasse 60C CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. pburckhardt@eva-basel.ch




Basel, Coaching, Incubator, Life sciences start-up, Spin-off


Basel is known for its successful global players in Pharma, Agro and Chemicals. The wealth of top-tier companies, universities and academic institutions in such a small region is unparalleled. It creates an optimum climate for world-class research and its translation into successful businesses. This is also reflected in a strong start-up scene. Over the past decades the multinational players have shown that they are able to adapt to the ever-increasing challenges in the market. Basel has seen blue-chip company mergers, accompanied by the transfer of business assets into spin-off companies. This process created a mind-set for change which has positively influenced the local start-up environment. Actelion is one of these former spin-offs that successfully made the transition to become a global player. BioVersys and PIQUR are two of the most promising very early stage Swiss biotech companies. Many other examples can be found in Northwestern Switzerland. The region also offers a solid background of supporting activities. Infrastructure, coaching and all other support are offered and complement national innovation initiatives.