Two more technology transfer centers for Switzerland

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Collaborative robotics for industrial applications - this is the focus of the neCollaborative robotics for industrial applications - this is the focus of the newly funded ’Swiss Cobotics Competence Center’ (S3C) in Biel. Image: Envato

Two centers have already been established in 2019: the ANAXAM center, which makes it easier for industrial companies to use the beamlines of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) to study their materials and products; and the Swiss m4m Center, which gives MedTech companies access to an ISO 13485-certified pilot production line for 3D-printed medical implants.

In the start-up phase until the end of 2020, these two centers were supported with funding from the ETH Board; since the beginning of 2021, they have been supported with funding from the federal government as research institutions of national importance (in accordance with Art. 15 of the Law on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (FIFG)).

AM-TTC Alliance

On 4 February 2019, 22 Swiss research institutions and industrial companies founded the AM-TTC Alliance, the umbrella organization of these technology transfer centers, at Empa in Dübendorf. Members include institutions of the ETH Domain, universities of applied sciences and other research institutions, industrial companies such as ABB, BASF, Bühler, Hilti, Oerlikon, Rolex and Siemens, as well as the industrial association Swissmem. The current managing director is Empa researcher Lars Sommerhäuser.