Innovation against COVID-19

EPFL Spin-offs and EPFL Innovation Park start-ups are developing solutions to tackle COVID-19. You will find below a list of young companies that are bringing their products and services to market in response to the pandemic.

Picture taken on February 3, 2020 © EPFL / Alain Herzog

Telework and social distancing have become the norm and have changed the daily life of many companies and their employees. Some EPFL Spin-offs and Start-ups based at Innovation Park have been able to adapt more easily than others and offer products and services useful to the community that we would like to share on this page.

Prevention, protection and telemedicine

Under development – Swoxid proposes a reusable antiviral mask based on their innovative filter, which combines three important functions: a small pore size to filter viruses; gold-silver-copper antiviral particles; and sterilization by exposure to UV light, allowing reuse (more than 1000 times).

Available now – OneDoc, online appointment with a doctor, dentist or therapist in Switzerland.

OneDoc is based at Campus Biotech Innovation Park in Geneva.

22.4.2020 – available in few weeks – In view of the current Covid-19 crisis, Helvitek Labs modified its activities, moving from anti-pollution masks to supplying health care personnel with novel facial structures to prevent injuries caused by prolonged use of respiratory masks.

23.4.2020 – in progress – Researchers from Empa, ETHZ, EPFL and the Spiez laboratory, together with a large number of partners from the health care sector and industry, are launching the “ReMask” project. The technological objectives are: reuse of existing masks, nationwide production of effective protective material and the development of alternative masks with new properties to bind and eliminate viruses.

Technis has implemented the “Stop&Go” solution to help public places to regulate the flows automatically, in order to enforce the state limits related to Covid-19.

Rovenso has adapted its safety robot to add UVC disinfection functionalities to neutralize work areas of industrial sites and common areas.

June 2020 – HMCARE develops and plans to produce and market HelloMask, fully transparent surgical masks. Developed by the EssentialTech Center at EPFL in collaboration with Empa.

Logistics, delivery and mutual aid

Available now – Local Heroes is a community web platform developed by Coteries LAB whose objective is to share good addresses of food producers and traders in the region.

Through the application’s website, users can send letters to nursing-home residents who may feel isolated from friends and family.  1lettre1sourire is one of the three applications chosen by the public during the Lauzhack at the beginning of April.

eVe is an online platform created by 4 students from EPFL and HEC to help businesses meet their needs during this unprecedented period. The aim is to bring together competent students and companies looking for talent to get out of the crisis faster.

29 April 2020 – Students from EPFL, Unil and young professionals worked during the COVID-19 period to provide the Swiss population with a volunteer application allowing anyone to buy or sell home-made meals by/for their neighbours.
The App Shekamou is now available on Apple Store and soon on Google Play.

July 2020 – As a result of the call for ideas launched at the outset of the pandemic, NCCR Robotics is funding a collaborative project between three spin-offs: Dronistics (EPFL), SUIND (ETHZ) and Volaly (IDSIA). The “Covid-19 drone delivery project” will develop a system for collecting medical samples from people isolated, quarantined, sick, or immobilized in their households. The system includes a foldable drone, an autonomous landing system and a gesture-based software for directing the drone.  Source: NCCR Robotics

29 July 2020 –  Astrocast is currently in discussions with partners in the distribution of vaccines not only against coronavirus but also for other diseases. The company has already placed two demonstration satellites in orbit and is planning five launches by the end of the year. Source Heidi.news

Telework and e-learning

Coorpacademy has developed online courses for medical staff for the management of patients with severe respiratory impairment related to CoV-2 SARS (COVID-19). 

Magma Learning, has developed a personalized online learning platform. With the closure of the EPFL Campus imposed by the Coronavirus, this start-up offers students the possibility of continuing their studies at a distance. All EPFL courses are now available on Ari9000.com.

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Diagnostics and medical technologies

Based at Biopôle, Abionic is developing a diagnostic tool to anticipate septic shock. Sepsis of bacterial origin is a frequent co-infection in patients intubated for COVID-19. 

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Ava Women develop a bracelet to monitor ovulation. This device can simultaneously monitor temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate, which are important indicators for detecting a case of Coronavirus. The company is currently marketing its device at a preferential price to partners to develop technologies to detect and monitor the disease.

Ava call for researchers COVID-19

The CANDY project, supported by Innosuisse and endowed with one million francs, will develop and patent a contactless scanner for the identification of hand veins by venous recognition. A collaboration between the start-up company Global ID and the Idiap Research Institute.

EPFL researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that can listen to your cough and indicate whether you have COVID-19.

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Coughvid App

Available now – SmartCardia Launches Cloud Based AI Platform and Patch for Real-Time Patient Monitoring, and monitoring of Covid Patients.

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Biotech and therapies

Relief Therapeutics is entering a clinical study with an American partner company to show whether the already approved drug Aviptadil can also help corona patients.

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Support plan for startups and SME’s at EPFL Innovation Park

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The EPFL Innovation Park Foundation has mobilized to help spin-offs and young technology companies based on its two campuses in Lausanne and Geneva, and proposes a support plan of CHF 500,000, as well as coaching and mentoring.

EPFL COVID-19 Research Projects

Research initiatives to fight COVID-19

EPFL is up and running where its research activities can contribute to fight against COVID-19. This page presents current research projects that address the pandemic.

Additional information

Information for EPFL Innovation Park Companies

Find information and communication about the measures taken by the different economic actors and partners concerning the current situation.

EPFL’s preventive and official measures

EPFL has a dedicated page – go.epfl.ch/coronavirus – where you can find the most recent information on coronavirus (COVID-19).

News

© 2020 SoHHytec Team Left Saurabh Tembhurne, Right Sophia Haussener.

A Tech Seed loan of CHF 100'000 allocated to SoHHytec

— SoHHytec has just received a CHF 100’000 Tech Seed loan from the FIT to support its sustainable production of hydrogen. With its artificial tree named "Arb", the company is able to produce hydrogen directly on site thanks to two key resources: water and sunlight. Arb is already installed on the EPFL Campus (partner of SoHHytec) as a pilot project.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

EPFL tests out self-driving delivery service

— Starting on 12 October, EPFL’s Lausanne campus will serve as a testing ground for a high-tech delivery service that uses a self-driving van. A pioneering initiative that is set to develop further.

Microsoft President Brad Smith gave a keynote during the launch of the Trust Valley. © EPFL / Murielle Gerber 2020

Trust Valley sets off at EPFL

— An alliance for excellence supported by multiple public, private and academic actors, the "TRUST VALLEY" was launched on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Cantons, Confederation, academic institutions and captains of industry, both local and international, come together to co-construct this pool of expertise and encourage the emergence of innovative projects.

Flybotix dual-propeller drone © 2020 Alain Herzog

New turtle-like drone can fly twice as long

— EPFL start-up Flybotix is showcasing its dual-propeller drone today at Xponential the world’s largest tradeshow for unmanned and autonomous systems. Intended for inspecting hazardous locations, this flat-engined aircraft is quiet, saves flight time, and is also capable of flipping like a turtle if it finds itself upside down on the ground.This drone propellers were developed through a joint effort between Flybotix and a major company in EPFL’s Innovation Park. The new drone is expected on the market in 2021.

© 2020 EPFL Hydromea

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.

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