Zurich’s universities make the city one of the most innovative development centers in the field of life sciences.

The ETH Zurich – the best university in mainland Europe according to the QS World University Rankings 2022 – sets the pace: together with the University of Zurich – Switzerland’s largest university – and the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences – with its application-oriented and academic competence in the spheres of teaching and research – it makes Zurich a major innovation center for life sciences.

For over 20 years, initiatives such as the Bio-Technopark Schlieren in the field of biotechnology or Smart Start and the Technopark Zurich in the sphere of medical technology have been creating a breeding ground to enable spin-offs from the universities to transpose their research findings into marketable products.

The business incubator, grow, Balgrist Campus, University Hospital Zurich, and the Empa research institute in Dübendorf also contribute towards the interaction between research, development, industry, and practice. As a result, the Zurich Greater Area presents itself as a dynamic innovation driver for life sciences in Europe. 


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