Research environment

In the Canton of Aargau the proportion of workers employed in research and development is exceptionally high – in fact, it is twice the Swiss average. In the area surrounding Sisslerfeld you will find the specialist expertise in life sciences that your business needs – everything from fundamental research to practical knowledge and innovation support.

The renowned Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Park innovare, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the Hightech Zentrum Aargau offer an unrivalled breadth of knowledge. You will benefit from unique research facilities, an international research network and attractive funding opportunities.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is Switzerland's largest research institute for science and engineering. Research activities focus on three key areas: matter and materials, energy and environment, and human health. PSI develops, builds and operates complex large-scale research facilities. Each year, more than 2,500 scientists from Switzerland and across the world come to PSI to work at its unique facilities and carry out experiments that are not possible anywhere else.

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Proton therapy at PSI © PSI

In the field of human health, several different research groups at PSI are working on fundamental issues relating to biology and the treatment of various forms of cancer. They are investigating the structure of Proteins – highly complex biomolecules that are responsible for countless processes that take place in the body. At PSI itself, patients with specific forms of cancer are being treated with proton therapy.

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Swiss Innovation Park innovaare © Erne AG Holzbau/Hornberger Architekten AG

Park innovaare is an innovation center located right next to PSI. At Park innovare you enjoy privileged access to the unique research infrastructure and are able to take advantage of PSI's international research network and its highly skilled workforce. Park innovare offers a professional infrastructure, including offices, cleanrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FNHW) is made up of nine schools based in Basel, Brugg/Windisch, Muttenz and Olten. Based in the heart of Europe's largest life sciences region, the School of Life Sciences in Muttenz trains experts at the interface of natural science, technology, medicine and the environment.  

The School carries out interdisciplinary thematic research in three key areas:

  • Molecular technologies: technologies to synthesize and analyze active substances and biological systems
  • Therapeutic technologies: technologies to develop and manufacture pharmaceutical and medical technology products and to ensure that these are fabricated in an environmentally friendly way
  • Environmental management: holistic environmental management to safeguard the sustainable use of resources and preservation of a livable environment
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Innovation consultancy at Hightech Zentrum Aargau © Hightech Zentrum

The innovation experts at the Hightech Zentrum in Brugg support all Aargau businesses in implementing innovation projects. They fund feasibility studies and market research, answer questions about intellectual property and financial assistance, and can put you in touch with specialists in universities and industry.

The University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and specializes in life sciences. In this field of research, the University of Basel is among the top 50 institutions in the world and the top 10 in Europe.

The interdisciplinary biocenter is the largest natural sciences department at the University of Basel. It specializes in fundamental molecular and biomedical research and teaching. The biocenter is well networked with partners in industry and plays a leading role at both national and international level.

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) is a center of excellence for nanoscience and nanotechnology. The SNI carries out fundamental scientific research and applied research projects.

Scientists at the University of Zurich are involved in all fields of biomedical research and work in close cooperation with the university hospitals. The University systematically promotes the translation of fundamental scientific research findings into clinical practice by engaging in consortium projects and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Alongside its comprehensive and unique research into natural sciences and technology in Zurich and its close collaboration with PSI, ETH has since 2007 supported the Basel-based Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering D-BSSE, which specializes in life sciences. Here, ETH combines its expertise in the fields of system biology and synthetic biology. Together with the University of Basel, ETH Zurich also manages the new national research program on molecular systems engineering.