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.
State Councillor, Minister of economic affairs, innovation and sport
Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals
Chief Executive Officer, APCO Technologies
Chief Technology Officer, Swisscom
Vice President for Information Systems, EPFL
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Sophia Genetics
Vice President for Innovation, EPFL
User Experience Officer & Co-Founder, Nexthink
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Kandou Bus
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.
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Vice Presidency for Innovation