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
Optical Wi-Fi allows for ultrafast underwater communications
EPFL spin-off Hydromea has developed a miniature optical modem that can operate down to 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface. It is sensitive enough to collect data at very high speeds from sources more than 50 meters away.
Patches to detect when a viral disease is about to get worse
Xsensio, an EPFL spin-off, has just been awarded CHF 1.8 million in EU funding to adapt its Lab-on-Skin™ sensing patches so that they can detect when a viral illness like the flu or COVID-19 is about to get worse.
Data-driven app brings 'voice of the visitor' to museum experiences
EPFL’s Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), led by Sarah Kenderdine, has received support from Engagement Migros to produce muse, a pioneering audience evaluation app, in collaboration with over 20 Swiss museums. The tool provides visitors with an engaging way to communicate their experiences, while helping museums to consider this feedback when developing exhibits and other attractions.