Innovation improves the quality of life of people and provides solutions that help deal with grand societal challenges such as climate change or the ageing of population. Technologies developed at EPFL have had, are a likely to have, a major impact on our society. In addition, innovation is also pivotal to the health of the Swiss economy.
It is arguably “the” way firms compete. If firms want to cut costs over the long term, or, increase profit margins via the production of better products or by developing new markets, then they must innovate. This is particularly true in Switzerland, which has a large pool of highly qualified workers and whose firms rely largely on the production and export of high-technology goods.
Today’s scientific research plants the seed for tomorrow’s innovations. However, science does not translate into innovation magically. That’s the reason why an Innovation Team is completely dedicated to act as interface between academia and industry.
Its fundamental mission is to ensure that EPFL’s research has a real impact by finding its way into society. It connects EPFL’s labs to industrial partners in a variety of ways, which you can discover in the further pages.
Innovation to fight COVID
First pilot for the Google and Apple-based decentralised tracing app
As of today, employees at EPFL, ETH Zurich, the Army, and some hospitals and cantonal administrations can download the digital proximity tracing application "SwissCovid". This large-scale pilot, the first in the world using the OS updates from Apple and Google, paves the way for public availability by mid-June.
EPFL and Wyss Center call for startup projects
Are you developing a promising technology in the field of applied neuroscience or neurotechnology? Do you intend to bring it to the market? This joint EPFL-Wyss Center call for projects might be for you.
Tech4Impact Virtual Global South Lunch – 2nd Edition
As a result of our collective isolation, Tech4Impact is taking Global South Lunches Virtual! In the aim of building on EPFL CODEV's works towards streamlining efforts directed to sustainable development in…
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