Innovation Day

19 November 2019
Forum Rolex

Transferring innovation to industry

2019 marks our 50th year of transferring cutting-edge technology to industry. On this occasion, we organized a special Innovation Day at our campus on 19 November 2019 inviting industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs to share their experience and vision with us.

In a first chapter, business leaders explored the role of innovation in industry, shared their vision of technological development and explaining how they manage innovation across their organizations, industries and markets. They also talked about the economic and technological challenges they face every day – and how their research partnerships and joint ventures with EPFL help them overcome those challenges and foster innovative thinking.

In a second chapter, entrepreneurs with an exceptional path gave an overview of their experience, their determination to succeed and how EPFL has been contributing to their success. They shared their vision on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Switzerland and beyond and shared their advice to inspire future generations.


14:15         Doors open

15:00         Welcome – Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL

15:10         Introduction – Philippe Leuba, State Councillor, Minister of economics affairs, innovation and sport

Chapter 1: Industry Leaders’ visions on innovation across industry sectors

15:20         Martine Clozel, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals

15:35         Christoph Aeschlimann, Swisscom

15:50         Aude Pugin, APCO Technologies

16:05         David Atienza, EPFL

16:20         Roundtable moderated by Olivier Dominik

16:50         Break and networking

17:30         Keynote Edouard Bugnion, EPFL

Chapter 2: Successful entrepreneurs

17:45         EPFL start-up ecosystem, Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation, EPFL

18:00         Patrick Hertzog, Nexthink

18:15         Amin Shokrollahi, Kandou Bus

18:30         Jurgi Camblong, Sophia Genetics

18:45         Roundtable moderated by Olivier Dominik

19:15         Closing Dinner

EPFL Innovation Day was the opportunity to share inspiring experiences and testimonies of relationships and business development with EPFL.

Our speakers are visionary industry leaders, successful national and international entrepreneurs, professors and researchers. They shared their insights and vision of innovation on stage.

Philippe Leuba
State Councillor, Minister of economic affairs, innovation and sport

Martine Clozel
Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals

Aude Pugin
Chief Executive Officer, APCO Technologies

Christoph Aeschlimann
Chief Technology Officer, Swisscom

Edouard Bugnion
Vice President for Information Systems, EPFL

Jurgi Camblong
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Sophia Genetics

Marc Gruber
Vice President for Innovation, EPFL

Patrick Hertzog
User Experience Officer & Co-Founder, Nexthink

Amin Shokrollahi
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Kandou Bus

Martin Vetterli
President, EPFL

Date : Tuesday 19 November 2019.
Doors open at 2.15 PM, the conference starts at 3PM

Venue: Forum Rolex Learning Center

The event will be held in English.

Aurélie Schick

Communications & Events

Vice Presidency for Innovation

[email protected]