The Swiss Biotech Association (SBA) and Unitectra, the Joint Tech Transfer Organization of the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich – Two Organizations Initiated and Fostered by Oreste Ghisalba


  • Herbert Reutimann Unitectra, Technology Transfer of the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich, Scheuchzerstrasse 21, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland;, Email:



Innovation, Licensing, Spin-off company, Swiss biotechnology, Technology transfer


Giving a voice to the small- and medium-sized biotech enterprises (SME) and putting Swiss biotechnology on the World map were important goals of Oreste Ghisalba when conceiving the Swiss Biotech Association (SBA). The SBA foundation was supported by the technology transfer office (TTO) Unitectra, which Ghisalba also initiated and which was instrumental in his endeavors to foster the collaboration between Swiss universities and the private sector. Laying the foundations for both the SBA and for Unitectra are major achievements of this visionary thinker.




How to Cite

H. Reutimann, Chimia 2020, 74, 360, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.360.