Founded in 2010 as a spinoff from EPFL, Abionic is commercialising the world's fastest allergy diagnosis platform (CE marked & FDA registered). Ideally positioned at the boundaries of medical technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, Abionic uses the most advanced technology to supply health care professionals with a 5 minutes point-of-care diagnostic tool. Abionic therewith gives access to immediate results for various diseases, for example the fastest test for early sepsis detection. Abionic raised a total of USD 37 million.
Bestmile empowers mobility providers to deploy, manage and optimize autonomous and conventional driven vehicle fleets. Bestmile’s cloud platform enables the intelligent operation and optimization of autonomous mobility services, managing fixed-route and on-demand services regardless of the vehicle brand or type. Bestmile’s on-demand autonomous mobility service platform is being used daily in shared electric autonomous vehicles in pedestrian areas and open roads. Incorporated in 2014, Bestmile has global offices in San Francisco (USA) and Lausanne (Switzerland). For more information, visit www.bestmile.com
Bluebotics is a spin-off of the Autonomous Systems Lab, EPFL. Founded in 2001 with the mission of marketing innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies, the company is now active in two segments: Industrial automation and service robotics.
BlueBotics SA is becoming the reference in autonomous navigation with the mission of enabling the mobility of vehicles for the automation in the professional use market.
The company proposes engineering services based on its expertise in mobile robotics with standard platforms, feasibility studies, custom designs and dedicated developments for automation, service robotics and research. BlueBotics’ expertise in mechatronics (mechanics, electronics, software and integration) allows for rapid custom developments at competitive prices.
Towards Smart Grids
DEPsys’ GridEye system, introduced in 2012, was developed in response to the instability caused in power grids by the injection of locally-generated renewable energy. It consists of an adaptive platform that lets grid operators control low-voltage power grids in real time. The modular system includes smart sensors and actuators installed across the grid and programmed to measure, calculate, and transmit data from the field.
ecoRobotix develops the next generation of weeding robots for sustainable agriculture that require low energy and that reduce the negative ecological impact of modern agriculture, while keeping costs competitive.
They closed a second financing round of CHF 10.6 million in 2018.
eSMART, founded in 2011, develops and markets intelligent control systems for the home. Its products use the exclusive, patented Power Line Carrier (PLC) technology developed at EPFL. Its novel eSMART system works on the basis of totally invisible modules installed behind electrical switches. It lets users manage all their homes’ main systems such as lighting and temperature control from a touchscreen, smartphone, or tablet. eSMART has equipped more than 550 apartments with its smart system and currently has orders for more than 1,200 apartments. Its easy-to-install system has already attracted interest from property developers and major construction companies in Switzerland.
Flyability’s advanced drones can fly indoors and in areas difficult to reach by humans, effectively navigating through complicated spaces and eliminating the need to send operators out in dangerous areas. Their carbon frames are shock-resistant and modeled after insects’ ability to remain stable after in-flight collisions. Flyability’s drones are used in a wide range of applications ranging from site inspections to public safety, all with the same goal – to cut operating costs and risks.
Gait Up is a spin-off of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), founded in 2013. Gait Up benefits from world leading scientific expertise in the field of movement analysis and measurements, pioneering the field from more than 15 years. We are now providing innovative products for applications in health, athletics, and entertainment, based on wearable inertial sensor technology.
Gait Up was acquired by Mindmaze in 2017.
Green Motion, founded in Lausanne in 2009, locally designs and manufactures charging systems for electric vehicles. It was a pioneer in charging station infrastructure, and today – over seven years later – its stations can be found across the country.
Green Motion’s products include private and public charging stations, quick-charging systems, and centralized charging-station control systems for parking garages. All its stations are designed to operate as part of a network and include cutting-edge features like multichannel payment systems, systems that regulate vehicle charging according to the load on the power grid, and roaming between national and international operators.
Its products are sold and supported by some 30 partner distributors including car manufacturers and Switzerland’s main power utilities. Cablex (a Swisscom company) provides 24/7 support for all Green Motion’s charging stations as well as Green Motion’s evpass national charging-station network.
Lunaphore is a Swiss company, founded in 2014, building an innovative and fully automated tissue processing device for cancer diagnostics. The cutting-edge technology, based on microfluidics, allows obtaining faster and more precise diagnostic results than standard techniques, as demonstrated through clinical trials on cancer patient samples. Different prototypes have so far been tested in hospitals in Switzerland and internationally. Lunaphore, which has been many times recognized for its innovation, strives to become a leading medical device company for cancer tissue diagnostics.
Mindmaze, a spin-off of the EPFL, is pioneering a breakthrough computing platform to enable new neuro-technology applications. Based on a decade of research and rigorous testing in the healthcare industry, they have designed an intuitive mind-machine interface, which utilizes pre real-time decoding of brain signals. They use our expertise in virtual and augmented reality, neuroscience and artificial intelligence to enhance people’s quality of life. Their first products use 3D virtual environments and advanced motion detection capabilites to help patients regain motor control following a neurological incident. MindMaze partners with companies, starting in the healthcare and entertainment industries, to harness the power of the brain to deepen human-machine interaction.
Nanolive has developed a disruptive technology which, for the first time, allows users to explore instantly the inside of a living cell in 3D without the need for any labeling or other invasive methods. The 3D Cell Explorer is a high speed, high resolution and non-invasive live cell imaging microscope that can look deep inside biological systems. This allows you to record stunning 3D images of entire cells in just seconds and with a higher resolution than any conventional microscope on the market. With the 3D Cell Explorer, researchers, students and medical doctors can directly experience what happens inside the living cell – in real time!
NetGuardians is an award winning Swiss FinTech. Established in 2007, they help over 50 Tier 1 to Tier 3 banks worldwide to fight financial crime. NetGuardians developed the smarter artificial intelligence solution made for banks to proactively prevent fraud. They empower their clients by providing AI technology together with contextual information and great user experience.
Banks using NetGuardians’ solution achieved 83% reduction in false positives, saved 93% of the time lost in fraud investigation, and prevented new fraud cases. They were recognized as Gartner Cool Vendor in 2015 and Chartis RiskTech 100 Vendor in 2018 and in 2019.
Founded in 2004, Nexthink is a global leader in Digital Employee Experience. Our products allow enterprises to create highly productive digital workplaces for their employees by delivering an optimal end-user experience. Through a unique combination of real-time analytics, automation and employee feedback across all endpoints, Nexthink helps IT teams to meet the needs of the modern digital workplace.
Objectis is a company specializing in software innovation and supporting Swiss manufacturers in their digital transformation. A spin-off from the School of Management and of Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), is based in Y-Parc Innovation Park. Objectis is growing rapidly and is specialized in technological consulting as well as in the design and implementation of tailor-made software solutions for the industry.
Driven by human values of commitment and respect, the company aims to bring to its customers the technologies and methods of modern computing! Thanks to the quality of its services, Objectis is now an essential innovation partner for several major players in the Swiss economy.
Founded in 2011 and backed by over ten years of cutting-edge scientific research, Pix4D has grown to become the industry standard for and primary provider of professional mapping software for drones. Started as an EPFL spin-off, Pix4D is a dynamic, fast-growing company with headquarters in Lausanne and offices in Shanghai and San Francisco. Pix4D’s technology has already been adopted for a wide range of GIS and CAD applications by many industries, such as the mining industry, to measure volume extractions or stockpiles, the precision agriculture industry, to create NDVI’s from multi-spectral sensors, and the natural resource management industry, to generate contour lines and manage environmental changes. It is also used to produce precise, timely maps and models for construction, cultural heritage, archaeology, and more.
QGel: leveraging innovation to discover next-generation drugs
QGel’s technology gives scientists greater visibility into drug efficacy before the clinical trial phase by enabling them to carry out in vitro tests on cell cultures under in vivo conditions (i.e., conditions within the human body). With this better understanding of the potential of each new drug under development, they can focus their efforts on the most promising ones and get them in the hands of patients faster.
Innovation in diagnostics, too
The company’s technology also has encouraging applications in diagnostics, where it can be used to test drug efficacy directly on patients’ cancer cells after a biopsy – thus shortening the time it takes to find the right treatment for a given disease. Thanks to QGel, patients will eventually be able to get more personalized therapies sooner.
Sophia Genetics is the global leader in data-driven medicine. Its team of experts in clinical genomics, machine learning, and bioinformatics developed Sophia DDM®, the most advanced analytical platform for clinical diagnostics. Over 160 leading hospitals use Sophia DDM® to diagnose thousands of patients each week in the fastest, most accurate possible way.
Leading the way in 3D printing for aerospace antennas
SWISSto12 designs radio-frequency components that are produced using additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing. Its products are made from high-performance polymers and metals, and then they are metal-plated using a patent-pending proprietary process. This innovative approach to manufacturing replaces traditional machining processes for metallic materials. It results in components that are lighter and cheaper to produce and that offer extended design flexibility.
SWISSto12’s products are used in telecommunication satellites, ground, maritime and aerospace systems, and radar applications. The company was founded in 2011. It has just reached a major milestone in its business development by being named a regular supplier for commercial program.
Founded in 2015 and EPFL spin-off, Gamaya helps industrial farmers improve efficiency and sustainability of their businesses by offering unique and compelling agronomy solutions, enabled by hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence.
Gamaya helps farmers to use water, fertilisers, chemicals and fuel more efficiently; improve the quality and quantity of their production; minimise the impact on the environment; as well as reduce risks associated with drought, extreme weather conditions and climate change.
The patented technology combines an hyperspectral imaging camera, a software using AI and machine learning, as well as crop intelligence models and database.
Kandou Bus, EPFL spin-off founded in 2011 is a semi-conductor company. Its pioneering ”Glasswing“ technology provides a disruptive push to chips, an essential hardware component to process data. In particular, Kandou enhances the communication (or signaling) between chips, to help them cope with larger amounts of data, in a quicker way, and with less energy. The key lies in a simpler design of chips compared to the industry standards. Glasswing can increase the chip’s yield by five (today, only 10% of the produced high-end chips are usable), reduce the design process and the time to market, and help manufacture cheaper and smaller chips.
In total, Kandou filed an impressive number of patents (170 in 65 different families) and raised a 15mio Series B in 2018.
Founded in 2000 by two EPFL Alumni, SpotMe is the leading software solution of enterprise engagement platform with a focus on live events, virtual meetings, and engagement workspaces. With mobile-first solutions that spark new ideas, SpotMe inspires participants to foster collaboration, drive strategic alignment and supports organizations to solve meaningful business challenges through events and perpetual engagement workspaces. To date, SpotMe software has served more than 5 million users worldwide. More than 200 organizations rely on SpotMe to create change with transformative events and drive perpetual engagement with employees, customers, and partners. With more than 140 staff worldwide, SpotMe is headquartered in Switzerland and has offices in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.
Founded in 2009, beqom is a global provider of compensation management software, delivered using a cloud computing platform. Beqom’s solution allows business managers to lead, align and motivate employees and partners. Its cloud-based total compensation platform is used globally across all industry sectors by over 100 large companies such as Microsoft and Vodafone. It addresses all performance and compensation aspects such as salary review, bonus, long-term incentives, commissions etc. HR, sales and finance organizations leverage beqom’s platform to drive performance, retention, cost optimization and… happiness among their people.
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