Switzerland's most innovative region
The cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft comprise Switzerland's most innovative region, offering a unique combination of academic research, industrial development and cutting-edge technology to drive value creation. Companies engaging in extensive research and development, and key industry clusters of nationwide significance are typical of the region. The region has a concentration of highly skilled, highly productive workers operating in various inter-dependent sectors. The number of successful start-ups and spin-offs is growing all the time.
The cantonal government promotes innovation on several levels. It is a sponsor of the University of Basel which has an excellent reputation for life sciences and in other fields.
The region provides the perfect launch pad for innovation!
Innovative sectorsInterdisciplinary, high-tech environment
The Basel region is a global hotspot for life sciences, with no fewer than 900 companies operating in this sector. Besides the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, natural sciences such as biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and bioethics contribute to the success of the region's life sciences industry.
The combination of life sciences and high-quality, research-focused hospitals in the Basel region prompted ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) to set up its Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel.
The future-oriented field of nanotechnology is a further focus of interest. Physical as well as chemical and biological questions concerning objects in nanoscale dimensions are becoming more important. The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) is internationally networked and broadly supported at both national and regional level. i-net, which aims to promote the use of nanotechnology in companies, is just one of many initiatives in this area.
The watchmaking industry has facilitated the development of outstanding know-how in precision engineering. The region is famous the world over for precision and expertise in microtechnology and machine tools.
Physics is another strong point for the region, as illustrated by the shining example of Martin Schadt, a pioneer in the field of liquid crystals, who recently received the European Patent Office Inventor Award.
Innovation-friendly policiesInvesting in the future
The canton of Basel-Landschaft is a reliable contributor to research universities, supporting the development strategies of the key life sciences industry together with public and private sector partners.
The cantonal government drives innovation by promoting effective cooperation between the authorities, industry, scholarship and research, businesses and innovation transfer agencies.
The development of outstanding centres of research and education is a major priority. Educational establishments with a strong technology orientation are a good basis for start-ups, which themselves help to rejuvenate the industry portfolio.
In terms of technology transfer, the cantonal government supports the Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM) and its Polytronics Development Centre at Muttenz. It also sponsors the i-net innovation networks project, an initiative to promote innovation in Northwestern Switzerland.
The start-up agency EVA builds bridges for start-ups and innovative small businesses, bringing together research, business ideas and markets in the fields of life sciences, physics and nanotechnology. With the support of the canton of Basel-Stadt, the EVA operates a "spin-off incubator" on behalf of the University of Basel and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
Excellent universitiesBasic and applied research
Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is Switzerland's oldest university. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings places the university among the 100 top universities in the world. Although the university offers the full range of traditional courses, its main areas of focus are culture and life sciences. The canton of Basel-Landschaft is one of the university's main sponsors.
Applied research and development is also writ large at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW). The government of the canton of Basel-Landschaft is currently providing substantial funding for the construction of a new university campus in Muttenz. It is investing in effective, forward-looking infrastructure as a bedrock and driver of research and development.
A warm welcome to young entrepreneursFavourable climate for innovative business
Are you looking to start up your own company? If so, the Basel area provides fertile ground on which to do just that. Success stories like that of Actelion, now a global concern, are proof positive that the local economic climate is perfectly suited to innovative fields of business. The Economic Development Baselland Welcome Desk can provide advice and support, and put you in touch with the right people.