Swiss Startup Framework: A Highly Effective Network Supporting the Generation of Emerging Biotech Businesses


  • Isabelle Mitchell Venture Kick, Wiesenstrasse 5, CH-8952 Schlieren, Switzerland
  • Stefan Steiner Venture Leaders, Wiesenstrasse 5, CH-8952 Schlieren, Switzerland
  • Michael Altorfer Swiss Biotech Association, Stauffacherstrasse 16, CH-8004 Switzerland, Email:
  • Laura Suter-Dick Biotechnet Switzerland, c/o FHNW, Hofackerstrasse 30, CH-4132 Muttenz, Switzerland



Biotechnology, Financing, Innovation, Startup, Therapeutics


For over 50 years, Switzerland has been one of the leading countries driving innovation in biotechnology and its industrial applications. Today, some 1,000 biotech companies form a tightly knit, cross-functional network ranging from research through to manufacturing. This network comprises R&D companies, contract research organizations, and highly specialized advisors and biotech investors. Together, they form an external innovation pool that complements the in-house R&D capacity of the large multi-national pharma companies. A highly effective startup framework, solid acceleration mechanisms, and innovative investors enable the emergence of a continuous flow of biotech startups that revitalize the industry with new technologies and products supporting drug development and diagnostics.




How to Cite

I. Mitchell, S. Steiner, M. Altorfer, L. Suter-Dick, Chimia 2020, 74, 765, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.765.