14/03/2018

First Event Hosted by SIP Network West EPFL

More than 500 people gathered at Forum Rolex Learning Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the very first event hosted by Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL

More than 500 people gathered at Forum Rolex Learning Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the very first event hosted by Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL (SIP West EPFL). SIP West EPFL brings together six innovation parks in Western Switzerland, including the Microcity Neuchâtel Innovation Hub, which specialises in microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing.

The evening was organised to foster the free exchange of ideas, maximising possible synergies and collaborations between academia and industry. The ultimate goal is to develop new technologies and create disruptive innovation.

The canton of Neuchâtel was well represented at this event, with the attendance of Neuchâtel state councillor and co-president of SIP-West EPFL Jean-Nath Karakash, numerous partners from both academia and industry, as well as representatives from the Microcity Neuchâtel Innovation Hub.
Federal councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Vaud state councillor Philippe Leuba, and EPFL president and native of Neufchâtel, Martin Vetterli, all recalled the importance and potential of innovation ecosystems composed of elite universities, hospitals and other public institutions, especially with regards to the process of technology transfer.

The round table discussion involving state councillor Jean-Nath Karakash and Édouard Mignon, director of the Richemont Research and Innovation Centre located at Microcity, focused on the conditions required for an innovation hub to be successful.
By combining the forces of academia and industry, SIP-West EPFL intends to give western Switzerland the visibility that it deserves for its innovation and transfer of leading-edge technology.

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