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ORGANIZATION

SWITZERLAND INNOVATION: 
ONE INNOVATION PARK AT FIVE SITES

Federalism is the basis for the Swiss success model, which is why Switzerland Innovation comprises several regional sites for research and innovation. International companies are attracted to the overall potential of an area. A successful innovation site in Switzerland must therefore

  • network and pool its strengths;
  • ensure quality above all else; and
  • create a unified public image.

Therefore, Switzerland Innovation operates with five legally independent sites and a national organizing institution.

Organisation

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is the highest body of the foundation. It ensures the observance of the foundation’s objectives and supervises the activities of the bodies of the foundation. It is responsible for the strategic positioning and the further development of Switzerland Innovation. 

Members

Ruedi Noser, Noser Management AG, Member of the Council of States, President of the Foundation Board
Andreas Rickenbacher, former Member of the Cantonal Government of Bern, Andreas Rickenbacher Management AG, Vice President of the Foundation Board
Christoph Brutschin, Member of the Government of Basel-Stadt, President of the Cantonal Councillors for the Economy (CCCE)
Dr. René Cotting, ABB Switzerland Ltd
Professor Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council
Dr. Patrick Frost, Swiss Life Ltd
Dr. Thomas Gfeller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of InnoCampus Ltd
Professor Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich
André Helfenstein, Credit Suisse Group Ltd
Jean-Jacques Henchoz, Swiss Re
Professor Michael Hengartner, President of swissuniversities
Prof. Denis Hochstrasser, Vice-Rector/Vice President of Geneva University
André Hoffmann, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Dr. Urs Hofmann, Member of the Government of the Canton of Aargau
Jean-Nathanaël Karakash, Member of the Government of the Canton of Neuchâtel
Daniel Kündig, CEO of innovAARE AG
Philippe Leuba, Member of the Government of the Canton of Vaud
Dr. Matthias Leuenberger, Novartis Pharma Inc.
Christoph Lindenmeyer, Swissmem
Dr. Fabienne Marquis Weible, Association suisse pour la recherche horlogère (ASRH)
Joachim Masur, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Professor Joël Mesot, Director of PSI
Monika Rühl, economiesuisse
Bruno Sauter, Office for Economy and Labour (AWA) Zurich
Urs Schaeppi, Swisscom Ltd
Professor Andrea Schenker-Wicki, Member of the Board of Directors of Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area
Dr. Fritz Schiesser, President of the ETH Board
Dr. Gian Schmid, Deputy General Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich
Walter Steinlin, President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)
Dorothea Strauss, Swiss Mobiliar Cooperative Company
Professor Martin Vetterli, President of EPF Lausanne
Professor Andrea Vezzini, Head of BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre
Roger von Mentlen, UBS Switzerland AG
Carmen Walker Späh, Member of the Government of the Canton of Zurich
Thomas Weber, Member of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft
Karl Weinberger, Schindler Management Ltd

Foundation Board Committee

The Foundation Board Committee prepares the business of the Foundation Board and is the public face of the foundation. It is responsible for the overall financial results of the foundation and decides on how the sites are supported.

President of the Foundation Board Committee

Ruedi Noser, Noser Management AG, Member of the Council of States*

Vice President of the Foundation Board Committee

Andreas Rickenbacher, former Member of the Cantonal Government of Bern, Andreas Rickenbacher Management AG*

Further members

Professor Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich
Dr. Matthias Leuenberger, Novartis Pharma Inc.**
Christoph Lindenmeyer, Swissmem
Professor Joël Mesot, Director of PSI
Roger von Mentlen, UBS Switzerland AG
Prof. Dr. Martin Vetterli, President EPF Lausanne
Thomas Weber, Member of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft**

* Share one vote each.
** Share one vote each.

Stiftungsratsausschuss

Economic Advisory Board (EAB)

The Economic Advisory Board is composed of one member of each of the sponsor companies. It nominates the representatives of the private sector to the Foundation Board and can provide advice to the Foundation Board in specific matters.

Members

Ruedi Noser, Noser Management AG, Member of the Council of States, President of the EAB
Bischoff Roland, Sika (Schweiz) AG
Dr. Stefan Catsicas, Nestlé Ltd
Dr. René Cotting, ABB Switzerland Ltd
Dr. Patrick Frost, Swiss Life Ltd
Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt, Swiss Re
Philip Hess, Credit Suisse Group Ltd
André Hoffmann, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Markus Hongler, Swiss Mobiliar Cooperative Company
Dr. Steve Hottiger, UBS Inc.
Dr. Dietmar Hüglin, BASF Schweiz AG
Christoph Lindenmeyer, Swissmem
Professor Rudolf Minsch, economiesuisse
Dr. Stephan Mumenthaler, Novartis Pharma Inc.
Jean-Daniel Pasche, Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH
Adrian Schär, TRUMPF Maschinen AG
Dr. Angel Serna, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Karl Weinberger, Schindler Management Ltd
Kaspar E.A. Wenger, Holcim (Schweiz) AG
Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Swisscom Ltd

Office

The office supports and advises the Foundation Board and its Committee in carrying out their duties. It implements the decisions of the Foundation Board and Committee and secures the operational activities of the foundation.

Raymond Cron, CEO
Raphaël Tschanz, Deputy CEO
Sylvie Mauron, Executive Assistant

 

Geschäftsstelle

Sponsors

The foundation is funded entirely by the private sector. It is financed by
19 renowned Swiss companies and trade associations.

Sponsors

Background

In 2012 Parliament approved the total revision of the Research and Innovation Promotion Act (RIPA), thereby creating the legal framework for providing federal funding for a Swiss Innovation Park, yet leaving plenty of leeway as to how the park should be set up. However, the law does state that the park should be spread over several sites. Furthermore, the cantons, higher-education institutions, and private sector should determine the focus areas and partners (and so influence the form the park takes).

The Federal Council approved the configuration proposed by the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Economic Affairs (VDK) in the late summer of 2014. Under this proposal, the innovation park would have two hub sites centered on the two federal institutes of technology in Zurich and Lausanne and two network sites in the Canton of Aargau and Northwest Switzerland, forming a single network. In May 2015 the Federal Council decided to add Biel to this configuration, on the recommendation of a group of independent experts. Once the Swiss Innovation Park has been launched, the foundation of the same name will be responsible for further developments in the site portfolio.

Federal measures

The current federal funding instruments for research and innovation can also be used for activities at the Swiss Innovation Park’s sites. In the fall of 2015, parliament approved two new measures to finance the innovation park:

  • Federal guarantee: Framework credit of CHF 350 million to be used as collateral for earmarked loans. With this capital on hand, the new foundation will be able to obtain capital funding at advantageous conditions and so provide the entities responsible for the sites with the loans needed to finance research infrastructure (equipment, facilities). The guarantee is limited in duration and earmarked for specific purposes; the Federal Council will release funding in stages.
  • Land use: In order to support the innovation park, federally owned land will be leased with construction rights. However, ground rent must be paid at a rate current with the market.

As it plays a subsidiary role in research and innovation promotion, the Confederation will not be directly involved in the operation of the park, but will conclude an agreement under public law with a national sponsor in accordance with RIPA.
Communication on the organizational structure and financial support of the Swiss Innovation Park (German only)
Further information can be found at: http://www.sbfi.admin.ch