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Basler Pharmafirmen gehen bei Investitionen voran

15.07.2018

Basel - Die 24 Pharmakonzerne, die Mitglieder beim Verband Interpharma sind, haben im vergangenen Jahr 7 Milliarden Franken für Forschung und Entwicklung in der Schweiz ausgegeben. Dabei gehen Roche und Novartis voran.

Die 24 Interpharma-Konzerne haben 2017 weltweit insgesamt 96 Milliarden Franken für Forschung und Entwicklung ausgegeben. In die Schweiz flossen davon 7 Milliarden Franken. Damit übersteigen ihre Schweizer Forschungsinvestition den Umsatz, den sie in der Schweiz erzielen, um mehr als das Doppelte. Dies belegt laut dem Verband die grosse Bedeutung des Forschungsstandorts Schweiz und den Innovationsgedanken innerhalb der Firmen.

Insbesondere Firmen in der Schweiz wie Roche und Novartis haben viel für Forschung und Entwicklung am Standort Schweiz ausgegeben. Aber auch Firmen ohne Schweizer Hauptsitz wie Johnson & Johnson tätigten den Angaben zufolge grosse Investitionen. Zusätzlich zu den Investitionen in die Forschung haben die Unternehmen rund eine halbe Milliarde Franken für Anlagen wie technische Geräte, Maschinen, Gebäude- und Betriebsausstattung ausgegeben.

Interpharma betont in einer Medienmitteilung zur Studie auch die wichtige Rolle der Pharmabranche für die Schweizer Exportwirtschaft. Ausserdem hebt der Verband hervor, dass zwischen 2012 und 2016 aus der Schweiz über 86 Patente pro Million Erwerbstätige in der pharmazeutischen Forschung angemeldet wurden. Das sind doppelt so viele wie in Dänemark und fast fünfmal so viele wie in Deutschland.

In der Studie sind auch die Umsätze der untersuchten Firmen aufgeführt worden. Hinter Pfizer (47,4 Milliarden Dollar) folgt bereits Novartis (46,6 Milliarden Dollar). Roche (39,9 Milliarden Dollar) belegt hinter Johnson & Johnson und Sanofi den fünften Rang. ssp

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«Biotech et Digitization Day» avec le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann

15.05.2017

Comment la Suisse et la région de Bâle, peuvent-elles assumer son rôle de leadership dans les Life Sciences? Dans le cadre du ‚Biotech et Digitization Day’, le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann a visité la région de Bâle afin de discuter avec des représentants importants de la politique, de l’économie et de la recherche ainsi qu’avec des start-ups des tendances et défis actuels de la digitalisation.

L’importance des Life Sciences pour l’économie suisse est énorme. L’année passée, la part de cette industrie aux exportations suisses s’élevait à 45%. En plus, la plupart des nouvelles entreprises s’engagent dans le secteur de la santé. C’est pourquoi la Suisse est considérée comme pays leader pour les Life Sciences dont la région de Bâle est le moteur.

Dans ce contexte et dans le cadre du ‚Biotech et Digitization Day’, le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann, chef du Département fédéral de l’économie, de la formation et de la recherche, a visité aujourd’hui la région de Bâle sur invitation de BaselArea.swiss et digitalswitzerland. Il discutait, avec une délégation de haut rang de la politique, de l’économie et de la recherche ainsi qu’avec des start-ups des tendances et des défis actuels dans l’industrie Life Sciences. L’événement s’est déroulé chez Actelion Pharmaceuticals et dans le Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area à Allschwil près de Bâle.

Le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann a souligné la grande importance de la région et du secteur des Life Sciences : «Les deux cantons de Bâle bénéficient d’une densité élevée d’entreprises innovantes et florissantes. Cela me remplit de fierté et d’optimisme. Les industries pharmaceutique et chimique sont considérées, à juste titre, comme promoteurs d’innovations.» Afin de continuer à réussir, la Suisse ne devrait cependant pas se reposer ; selon lui, l’économie et la politique, les sciences et la société devraient profiter du passage au digital.

L’événement a été organisé par BaselArea.swiss - l’organisation d’encouragement de l’innovation et de promotion économique commune aux trois cantons du Nord-Ouest de la Suisse: Bâle-Ville, Bâle-Campagne et le Jura – et digitalswitzerland qui est une initiative commune de l’économie, du secteur public et des sciences. Elle veut faire de la Suisse, au niveau international, un site leader dans l’innovation digitale.

Actuellement, le conseiller fédéral Schneider-Ammann rend visite à des régions leader de la Suisse afin de se familiariser avec les effets de la digitalisation sur les différents secteurs économiques et de parler de recettes prometteuses d’avenir.

Promotion de start-ups dans le domaine des biotechnologies

Les Life Sciences sont considérées comme industrie émergente qui présente un fort potentiel de croissance. Néanmoins, la compétition devient de plus en plus agressive: D’autres régions dans le monde investissent énormément dans la promotion des sites et attirent de grandes entreprises. Une des questions principales lors de l’événement d’aujourd’hui était donc : Comment la Suisse et la région de Bâle, peuvent-elles assumer son rôle de leadership dans la compétition internationale?

La Suisse possède, en relation avec la grande importance économique des Life Sciences et en comparaison avec d’autres sites leaders dans le monde, relativement peu d’entreprises start-up dans le ce domaine. BaseLaunch, le nouvel accélérateur pour des start-ups dans le secteur de la santé, lancée par BaselArea.swiss en collaboration avec l’accélérateur Kickstart de digitalswitzerland, représente un premier pas an avant. Toutefois, il manque du capital de démarrage pour la phase initiale du développement d’une entreprise et notamment un accès à du capital important dont une start-up bien établie aurait besoin pour son expansion.

Domenico Scala, président de BaselArea.swiss et membre du Steering Committee de digitalswitzerland dit: «Nous devons investir dans notre force. C’est pourquoi nous avons besoin d’initiatives comme du Zukunftsfonds Schweiz qui devra faciliter aux investisseurs institutionnels de soutenir de jeunes entreprises innovantes.»

L’importance d’un paysage novateur de start-ups pour les Life Sciences en Suisse était ensuite également au centre de la discussion de la table ronde, présidée par le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann ensemble avec Severin Schwan, CEO du Groupe Roche, Jean-Paul Clozel, CEO d’Actelion Pharmaceuticals et Andrea Schenker-Wicki, recteur de l’Université de Bâle.

Digitalisation comme moteur de l’innovation

Le deuxième sujet du ‘Biotech et Digitization Day’ était la digitalisation dans les Life Sciences. Celle-ci est – selon Thomas Weber, conseiller d’état du canton de Bâle-Campagne – un moteur important pour l’innovation dans tout le secteur, voire déterminante pour le renforcement du site suisse de la recherche.

Dans son discours, le conseiller fédéral Johann Schneider-Ammann s’est concentré sur trois aspects: Premièrement, sur la création d’une nouvelle et courageuse culture de pionnier qui encourage l’esprit d’entreprise et qui récompense ceux qui osent essayer quelque chose. Deuxièmement, sur le fait qu’un fonds pour start-ups, initié et financé par le secteur privé, leur donnerait plus d’élan. Et troisièmement, sur le rôle de l’état qui rend possible cette activité tout en créant des espaces de liberté au lieu de dresser des interdictions et des obstacles.

La discussion ouverte entre les représentants de la recherche, de l’économie et les entrepreneurs a démontré clairement l’avis commun que la digitalisation changera les Life Sciences. Tous étaient d’accords sur le fait que la Suisse possède les meilleures conditions pour assumer un rôle de moteur dans ce processus de changement: des entreprises pharmaceutiques puissantes et globales, des universités, reconnues dans tout le monde, ainsi qu’un système écologique innovant avec des start-ups dans les domaines de la santé et des Life Sciences qui s’orientent vers la digitalisation.

C’est tout cela que digitalswitzerland veut également promouvoir. Selon Nicolas Bürer, CEO de digitalswitzerland, le secteur de la santé et les Life Sciences sont les industries clés pour faire de la Suisse un pays leader dans la digitalisation innovante. DayOne, la plateforme innovante pour la médecine de précision apporte une autre contribution importante à ce but. Lancée par BaselArea.swiss en étroite collaboration avec le canton de Bâle-Ville, elle réunit régulièrement une communauté croissante de plus de 500 experts et innovateurs pour échanger des idées et promouvoir des projets.

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BaseLaunch can take full advantage of the potential of Basel's life sciences ecosystem

15.03.2017

The new accelerator for healthcare ventures, BaseLaunch, wants to link the best start-ups to the Basel region – and in doing so, provide impulses for major players. The project will consistently focus on quality and the concentrated know-how in the region, says Managing Director Alethia de Léon.

Financial support through BaseLaunch can be as high as CHF 10’000 per project. Startups accepted for the second phase will receive grants up to CHF 250’000. Other regions have tens of millions at their disposal. Are you even competitive?

Highly generous programmes in the EU and around the world have shown that it is not enough to distribute a lot of money with open hands. Rather, we have to make sure that the investments go to the most promising projects, namely those with a suitable team likely to effect a successful development from an idea to the market. In short: quality – and not quantity – has topmost priority for BaseLaunch.

What makes BaseLaunch unique?

BaseLaunch focuses on the entrepreneurs. Startups accepted for the programme will receive non-repayable funding, instead of equity financing that has to be repaid. Additionally, Basel is a life sciences ecosystem with one of the highest densities of biopharmaceutical enterprises globally and has an incredible pool of talents and specialists. Our healthcare partners, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and Novartis Venture Fund offer direct access to valuable industry knowledge and experience relevant to develop and boost transformative healthcare solutions. Together, this allows us to give market-relevant advice suited to the needs of every single start-up company.

What types of projects is BaseLaunch especially suitable for?

BaseLaunch is open to all projects in the healthcare field. Geographically, our focus is on Switzerland and Europe. Our laboratories in Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area specialise on therapeutics, but innovative concepts in the diagnostic and medtech fields are also welcome to participate in the accelerator.

Operationally, the accelerator is managed by BaselArea.swiss but operates under a different name. Why such a setup?

BaseLaunch seeks to find the most innovative and promising healthcare start-ups, support them and embed them into the local healthcare ecosystem. This makes BaseLaunch an important part of the core activity of BaselArea.swiss. Due to the different financing and decision-making structures and in line with a focussed market presence and a particular target groups, it made sense to launch the project under a different name.

Is it then the role of the state to invest in start-ups?

No public funds are invested in the projects. The cantons are financing the operational running of BaseLaunch. But what goes directly into the start-ups comes from the private sector. With BaseLaunch, BaselArea.swiss is thus providing the right framework conditions as a neutral partner of industry fostering the emergence of new companies with suitable programmes. And don’t forget that other places are very much on the offensive with public resources. It’s important not to fall behind. We have to remain in the fiercely competitive bid to be an attractive location – without, however, distorting our liberal economic order.

Why do we need more start-ups?

Start-ups are needed first and foremost to create added value from knowledge. If we invest billions into academic research, this also needs corresponding structures to make innovations out of inventions. It’s been shown that start-ups are taking on a more and more decisive role in this respect. In addition, start-ups have the potential to grow rapidly when successful and create a great number of high-quality jobs. Actelion, which began as a start-up, is the best example of this. While BaseLaunch succeeds in working with the best start-up projects, this also generates impulses for established companies and the ecosystem as a whole. BaseLaunch thus contributes toward raising the region’s attractiveness as Europe’s leading life sciences hub.

Is the Basel region even interesting for start-ups? Isn’t the cost of living likely to frighten away entrepreneurs?

Silicon Valley, London or Boston is not more affordable. The unique advantage of Basel’s life sciences ecosystem – its concentration of talent, pharmaceutical decision-makers and capital, which are unrivalled in Europe – ultimately tip the balance in our favour in the eyes of company founders. We have seen that the Basel region scores well in these critical areas – which are “must haves” especially for young companies – that, all things considered, the overall package is more than enough. This can be seen in the steady increase in companies being founded from outside the region in recent years.

For more information about the project, please visit www.baselaunch.ch

 

About Alethia de Léon

Born in Mexico, Alethia de Léon studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. After working in healthcare investment and product development, she was Global Head of Search and Evaluation, Business Development and Licensing for the Neuroscience Business at Novartis until 2015. In addition to managing BaseLaunch, Alethia de Léon is CEO and founder of the start-up Senes Science GmbH.

 

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Dr App – Digital transformation in the life sciences

30.11.2016

The future belongs to data-driven forms of therapy. The Basel region is taking up this challenge and investing in so-called precision medicine.
An article by Fabian Streiff* and Thomas Brenzikofer, which first appeared on Friday, 14 October 2016, in the NZZ supplement on the Swiss Innovation Forum.

So now the life sciences as well: Google, Apple and other technology giants have discovered the healthcare market and are bringing not only their IT expertise to the sector, but also many billions of dollars in venture capital. Completely new, data-driven, personalized forms of therapy – in short: precision medicine – promise to turn the healthcare sector on its head. And where there is change, there is a lot to be gained. At least from the investor’s point of view.

From the Big Pharma perspective, things look rather different. There is quite a lot at stake for this industry. According to Frank Kumli from Ernst & Young, the entry hurdles have been relatively high until now: “We operate in a highly regulated market, where it takes longer for innovations to be accepted and become established.” But Kumli, too, is convinced that the direction of travel has been set and digitalization is forging ahead. But he sees more opportunities than risks: Switzerland - and Basel in particular - is outstandingly well-positioned to play a leading role here. With the University of Basel, the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering ETH, the University of Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland, the FMI and the University Hospital Basel, the region offers enormous strength in research. It also covers the entire value chain, from basic research, applied research and development, production, marketing and distribution to regulatory affairs and corresponding IT expertise. The most important drivers of digital transformation towards precision medicine include digital tools that allow real-time monitoring of patients – so-called feedback loops. The combination of such data with information from clinical trials and genetic analysis is the key to new biomedical insights and hence to innovations.

Standardized nationwide data organization
In rather the same way that the invention of the microscope in the 16th century paved the way to modern medicine, so data and algorithms today provide the basis for offering the potential for much more precise and cheaper medical solutions and treatments for patients in the future. At present, however, the crux of the problem is that the data are scattered over various locations in different formats and mostly in closed systems. This is where the project led by Professor Torsten Schwede at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) comes into play.

As part of the national initiative entitled Swiss Personalized Health Network, a standardized nationwide data organization is to be set up between university hospitals and universities under centralized management at the Stücki Science Park Basel. Canton Basel-Stadt has already approved start-up funding for the project. The standardization of data structures, semantics and formats for data sharing is likely to substantially enhance the quality and attractiveness of clinical research in Switzerland – both at universities and in industry. There is no lack of interest in conducting research and developing new business ideas on the basis of such clinical data. This was apparent on the occasion of Day One, a workshop event supported by BaselArea.swiss for the promotion of innovation and economic development and organized by the Precision Medicine Group Basel Area during Basel Life Sciences Week.

More than 100 experts attended the event to address future business models. Altogether 14 project and business ideas were considered in greater depth. These ranged from the automation of imaging-based diagnosis through the development of sensors in wearables to smartphone apps for better involvement of patients in the treatment process.

Big Pharma is also engaged
“The diversity of project ideas was astonishing and shows that Switzerland can be a fertile breeding ground for the next innovation step in biomedicine,” Michael Rebhan from Novartis and founding member of the Precision Medicine Group Basel Area says with complete conviction. The precision medicine initiative now aims to build on this: “Despite the innovative strength that we see in the various disciplines, precision medicine overall is making only slow progress. The advances that have been made are still insufficient on the whole, which is why we need to work more closely together and integrate our efforts. A platform is therefore required where experts from different disciplines can get together,” says Peter Groenen from Actelion, likewise a member of Precision Medicine Group Basel.

There is also great interest among industry representatives in an Open Innovation Hub with a Precision Medicine Lab as an integral component. The idea is that it will enable the projects of stakeholders to be driven forward in an open and collaborative environment. In addition, the hub should attract talents and project ideas from outside the Basel region. The novel innovation ecosystem around precision medicine is still in its infancy. In a pilot phase, the functions and dimensions of the precision medicine hub will be specified more precisely based on initial concrete cases, so that the right partners can then be identified for establishing the entire hub.

Leading the digital transformation
The most promising projects will finally be admitted to an accelerator programme, where they will be further expedited and can mature into a company within the existing innovation infrastructures, such as the Basel Incubator, Technologiepark Basel or Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area.

Conclusion: the Basel region creates the conditions for playing a leading role in helping to shape digital transformation in the life sciences sector and hence further expanding this important industrial sector for Switzerland and preserving the attractiveness of the region for new companies seeking a location to set up business.

* Dr Fabian Streiff is Head of Economic Development with Canton Basel-Stadt

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