ETH News

20.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

“We have to seize this opportunity”

Digitalisation is leading to profound changes in more and more areas of life. For ETH President Lino Guzzella, it is clear that these changes present a huge opportunity for Switzerland, as the country offers the ideal conditions in which to build a competitive digital industry. Read more 

19.06.2017 | News

Piz Daint is a world leader

After an extensive hardware upgrade at the end of last year, the CSCS supercomputer Piz Daint is now the most powerful mainframe computer outside Asia. With a peak performance in excess of 20 petaflops, it will enable pioneering research in Switzerland and Europe. Read more 

09.06.2017 | News

Hybrid membrane creates a stir on the global market

ETH Professor Raffaele Mezzenga and his senior researcher Sreenath Bolisetty have developed a filter membrane that efficiently removes heavy metals and other toxic substances from water. Strong demand for the new technology has encouraged them to set up a new ETH spin-off, BluAct Technologies. Read more 

24.05.2017 | News

Revealing how neurons communicate

The ETH spinoff MaxWell Biosystems AG develops microelectrode platforms for electrophysiological tests on nerve cells, opening up new possibilities for pharmaceutical research. Now, the company received CHF 130,000 in starting capital from the Venture Kick initiative Read more 

19.05.2017 | News

Building trust and intelligence in a digitalised world

ETH Meets New York to explore Blockchain technologies, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with academia and industry. In two public symposia, we discovered how these disruptive technologies change the way we engage an increasingly digitalised world. Read more 

28.04.2017 | News

Pure genius

Cornelius Senn, a measurement engineer in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG), and his post-doctoral colleague Silvan Leinss have developed a new reflector for radar measurements. The underlying mechanism, however, has many possible applications and could revolutionise furniture construction, for example. Read more 

20.04.2017 | News

Sounds provide a safer login

A start-up formed by a group of IT specialists at ETH has come up with a simple and user-friendly way to enhance network security. The Futurae team has already won 130,000 Swiss francs start-up capital from Venture Kick. Read more 

26.03.2017 | News

Generous donors

The ETH Zurich Foundation has an impressive year to look back on. As detailed in the foundation’s latest annual report, a total of 500 new donors became supporters of ETH Zurich in 2016. Read more 

24.03.2017 | News

Facilitating innovation in space

The ESA BIC Switzerland programme is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by "IRsweep", a spin-off from ETH and Empa. Using a spectrometer that utilises infra-red laser radiation, the startup wants to make environmental analysis from space more precise. Read more 

21.02.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Innovation cannot be taught; it must be learned

ETH President Lino Guzzella welcomed Alexander van der Bellen to the University on Friday, where the Austrian President was shown how ETH is encouraging innovation. Read more 

09.02.2017 | Press release | 1 Comment

Medicine and data science as future focuses

Medicine and data science are top priorities for the ETH Zurich Executive Board. Initiatives such as the new Bachelor’s degree course in medicine, new continuing education programmes or the return of the Cybathlon in 2020 demonstrate that ETH wants to use its knowledge more directly for the good of society. Read more 

26.01.2017 | News

“We need a decentralisation of the Internet”

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, has had a substantial impact on our lives. While his invention was a resounding success and the Internet has developed unexpectedly fast, he is anything but satisfied with today's situation. Read more 

18.01.2017 | News

ETH Zurich at WEF 2017 in Davos: “Magic through Technology”

ETH Zurich is presenting its latest research findings in a public exhibition at the World Economic Forum 2017. ETH’s début WEF appearance was launched with a meeting with politicians, public authorities and businesspeople from the canton of Grisons. Read more 

09.01.2017 | Press release

Building their own companies with timber and robots

There were 25 spin-offs founded at ETH Zurich last year – equalling the record number from 2015. The university’s broad range of research topics is also reflected in these new companies. Read more 

15.12.2016 | News

Magnetic forces purify the blood

Every five seconds, someone in the world dies from blood poisoning. Hemotune, a young start-up founded by ETH researchers, is developing a revolutionary blood purification system to address this problem. Read more 

14.12.2016 | Press release

ETH can densify at Hönggerberg

The City Council has approved ETH’s Campus Hönggerberg 2040 masterplan. This updates the existing masterplan and serves as a planning basis for the future development of the Hönggerberg campus. Read more 

06.12.2016 | Press release

Launch of media tech initiative

ETH Zurich will establish a professorship and new centre for media technology together with media companies Tamedia, Ringier and the NZZ Media Group. The centre aims to better integrate research and practical applications and to help the Swiss media sector make use of technological advances. Read more 

03.12.2016 | Globe magazine

From start-up to global market leader

Sensirion and GetYourGuide: two ETH spin-offs in entirely different market sectors, but both highly successful. Their common denominators? Fruitful business ideas, entrepreneurs with the courage to venture into new territory – and the support of the right employees. Read more 

01.12.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Swiss businesses are good process innovators

Switzerland’s economy is facing some tough challenges: technologies are developing rapidly, processes are being amalgamated both inside and outside production facilities, and business units are becoming increasingly interconnected. This means businesses need to constantly adapt. The issue has been taken up by researchers from the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation and from the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, both at ETH Zurich. Read more 

24.11.2016 | News

An award for ETH building technology

ETH researchers have received this year’s Swiss Technology Award for their technology “Mesh Mould”, winning the most important Swiss prize for innovation and technology transfer in the “Inventors” category. Read more 

10.11.2016 | Press release

Three startups ready for ESA BIC launch

A twing (“kite”) that produces next generation wind energy, solar cells that are twice as efficient as conventional products, and frequency combs that increase the data capacity of fibre optic cables by a factor of 200 – these are the three startups selected for the new ESA BIC Switzerland programme. Read more 

15.10.2016 | News

From weighty silence to clamorous applause

The first ever Cybathlon took place a week ago in the sold-out Swiss Arena in Kloten. Founder Robert Riener takes stock. Read more 

08.10.2016 | Press release

A unique competition takes off

The very first Cybathlon in the world took place today. The event was completely sold out: some 4,600 visitors packed into the SWISS Arena Kloten to support the 66 teams from various countries. The pilots pitted their skills in six disciplines and demonstrated most impressively how novel technologies can assist people with disabilities in their daily life. Read more 

22.09.2016 | Press release

Research on construction

The Arch_Tec_Lab demonstrates how digitisation can contribute to resource-efficient, compact and emissions-free construction. Six professors from ETH Zurich have pooled their research approaches and developed a prototype of the innovative building together. Read more 

14.09.2016 | Press release

ETH Zurich wins competition for ESA start-up programme

ETH Zurich was awarded the contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the ESA Business Incubation Centre Switzerland. The initiative was launched by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. It supports selected young start-ups with a connection to space technologies. Read more 

07.09.2016 | News

Industry meets science

A record number of visitors attended this year’s Industry Day. Around 550 representatives from industry and business met with scientists for a lively debate on the Hönggerberg. New research findings and networking were the order of the day. Read more 

23.08.2016 | News

A patent for oxidised fat

ETH researchers have synthesised fatty acids in the laboratory that result from oxidative stress in the body. The laboratory variants turned out to be more potent anti-inflammatories than the natural ones, and have now been patented. Read more 

18.08.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Super stair-climbers

They have big ambitions: nine students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK are preparing to take on developers from renowned manufacturers and universities from around the world with their "Scewo" wheelchair at the Cybathlon. Read more 

16.08.2016 | News

Innovative IT solution to tackle cyber crime

An ETH spin-off, xorlab, has ambitious plans: it has developed a unique IT security solution that provides more effective protection against hacker attacks. Now the product is about to undergo crucial trials in a real business environment. Read more 

25.07.2016 | News

On the world market with DNA labels

ETH researchers Michela Puddu and Gediminas Mikutis founded the company Haelixa in early summer. The company commercializes DNA-based tracers, which are more robust than ever before, for tracking fluids and products. The young entrepreneurs are now looking to enter the oil and geothermal sector. Read more 

08.07.2016 | News

Optimising ship’s engines with the help of virtual sensors

A new ETH spin-off, Vir2sense, specialises in the development of virtual testbeds designed to optimise the performance of marine diesel engines. The young entrepreneurs, Christophe Barro and Panagiotis Kyrtatos, hope to sell their product to big shipping companies. Read more 

04.07.2016 | News

Awards for promising ideas

Last week the 11th "venture" startup competition drew to a close with an awards ceremony for the submitted projects. The winner in the Business Idea category was theMOFcompany, a startup from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Read more 

01.07.2016 | Press release

Humans and robots set to take their marks

At the Cybathlon, 74 athletes from 25 countries will be showing how robotic technology helps them in their daily lives. In 100 days, the starting gun will be fired on the world’s first trial of bionic strength. The Swiss public broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) will incorporate the Cybathlon into a day of themed programming and broadcast the unique competition live. Read more 

27.05.2016 | News

18 professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed 18 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

28.04.2016 | News

"Investing to streamline construction processes"

Swiss construction group Implenia will be involved in establishing a new assistant professorship for innovative and industrial construction at ETH Zurich. In an interview with ETH News, Implenia CEO Anton Affentranger explains why his company is offering its financial backing and highlights why clear rules and transparency are so important when it comes to research funding. Read more 

19.04.2016 | News

Biosensors in the pharmaceutical industry

A Nobel prizewinning idea bears entrepreneurial fruit: an ETH Pioneer Fellow is applying knowledge about G-protein-coupled receptors to market a novel process for testing drugs. Read more 

30.03.2016 | News | 3 Comments

Open-source microprocessor

In future, it will be easier and cheaper for developers at universities and SMEs to build wearable microelectronic devices and chips for the Internet of Things, thanks to the PULPino open-source processor, which has been developed at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna. Read more 

23.03.2016 | News

Promising method for breast cancer screening

A radiation-free and painless ultrasound method instead of a mammogram is how Orçun Göksel and Sergio Sanabria would like breast cancer screens to be carried out in the future. The technology developed by the two ETH researchers, which can also detect other diseases, was yesterday awarded the Spark Award 2016. Read more 

22.03.2016 | News

Support for diagnostics researcher

Proteins are important indicators in diagnosing diseases. A young ETH researcher has developed a method by which it is possible to test minute amounts of blood for different proteins in parallel. He has received an ETH Zurich Pioneer Fellowship for his work. Together with a fellow student, he wants to turn his test into a marketable product. Read more 

04.03.2016 | Globe magazine

A major player

ETH Zurich is an attractive partner for scientific collaboration. This is a big draw for companies like Google – for example when developing a novel navigation system that doesn’t use GPS. Read more 

01.03.2016 | News

Book your Cybathlon tickets now

Tickets for the Cybathlon are on sale now. Be there on 8 October when the teams with the most ingenious technology and the most skilful test pilots will emerge victorious. Read more 

26.02.2016 | News

A smart walking aid

Computer scientists and roboticists at ETH Zurich have developed a robotic walker that makes senior citizens more mobile. Now SmartWalker is waiting for an industrial partner to come along and help get the technology ready for mass production. Read more 

20.02.2016 | News

Protective covers for implants

ETH scientists have developed a membrane that protects medical implants from unwanted encapsulation by connective tissue. The researchers founded a spin-off company just over a year ago and have now been awarded funding by the start-up competition Venture Kick. Read more 

04.02.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Singapore's most energy efficient office by 2018

The recent completion of construction, and first month of successful operation of the 3for2@UWCSEA demonstration project by ETH Zurich turns the page in developing what could be Singapore’s most energy-efficient office by 2018. Read more 

20.01.2016 | News

Filling investors with enthusiasm for new ideas

Seven promising start-ups, over 100 domestic and international investors, and four hours to shine: this was the first Investor Summit at Zurich Airport. To see how start-ups use the event to their benefit, ETH News accompanied the team from ETH spin-off Archilogic to the event. Read more 

20.01.2016 | News

Copper deposition to fabricate tiny 3D objects

A new 3D microprinting process allows scientists to manufacture tiny, complex metal components easily. The technology used was designed by ETH researchers years ago for biological research and has now been further developed for a completely different application. Read more 

05.01.2016 | Press release

Early support pays off

25 spin-offs were founded at ETH Zurich last year – more than ever before in a single year. The new record highlights the benefits of supporting young talent early on and illustrates that ETH’s own support programme is paying off. Read more 

23.12.2015 | News

From gigantic planets to tiny images

From the smallest ever printed colour image and the world’s largest plant seeds to the darkest matter in the infinite expanse of the universe – over the past year, ETH research has focussed on all animate and inanimate aspects of the natural world, presenting fascinating results and ingenious inventions. ETH News again looks back on the past year with a selection of highlights from 2015. Read more 

15.12.2015 | News | 4 Comments

The tiniest color picture ever printed

Researchers of ETH Zurich and ETH start-up company Scrona achieve a new world record! They have printed a color picture depicting clown fishes around their sea anemone home. This picture is as tiny as the cross-sectional area of a human hair. Read more 

07.12.2015 | Press release | 1 Comment

Turning innovation into practical solutions more quickly

Wyss Zurich had its official opening today in the presence of Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and Hansjörg Wyss, whose donation made the center possible. The aim of the joint development center created by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich is to take innovative ideas from basic research and apply them in practice as quickly as possible. Read more 

18.11.2015 | News

The Cybathlon gets going

Sixty-seven teams from all continents are getting ready for the Cybathlon 2016. During this summer’s practice session, the teams tested out the courses that have been designed to resemble everyday tasks. The clips for the official Cybathlon trailer were taken from this test session. Read more 

12.11.2015 | News

Identifying the risk of premature birth

ETH biomechanic Sabrina Badir impressed the jury at the international ideas competition Falling Walls Lab. She developed a device that can determine the risk of a premature birth. Read more 

26.10.2015 | News

One click away from the perfect outfit

Whether shopping online or offline, everyone knows how difficult it can be to find the right outfit. Fashwell, an ETH spin-off, now has a remedy for that. Its app unites social media and online shopping to help users track down the clothes they like. Read more 

05.10.2015 | News

"Rock Print" at the forefront of architectural innovation

Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create "Rock Print" a full-scale architectural installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Read more 

19.09.2015 | Globe magazine

Resources, politics and fairness

FOEN director Bruno Oberle, environmental engineer Stefanie Hellweg and economist Lucas Bretschger discuss ways to make resource consumption more ecofriendly, both in Switzerland and around the world. Read more 

24.08.2015 | News

"Personal contacts are important"

ETH Zurich's Industry Day will take place tomorrow. Over the course of the event, 19 ETH professors and scientists will present their current research to industry R&D representatives. One of them is Petra Dittrich, a Professor of Bioanalytics. In an interview with ETH News, she discusses her expectations for the day, as well as the importance of working with the business community. Read more 

21.08.2015 | News | 9 Comments

A bamboo bike for everyday use

Three computer science students at ETH Zurich want to bring to market a bicycle made of bamboo at a price of no more than 500 Swiss francs. The first batch of bikes is now in production. Read more 

19.08.2015 | News

Smart ideas for the home of the future

Operating lights and blinds with your smartphone. Felix Adamczyk is bringing home automation products to the market with the ETH spin-off Smart Home Technology. And the ideas just keep on coming. Read more 

03.08.2015 | Press release

Cybathlon practice session a success

Zurich will host the first Cybathlon in autumn 2016, bringing together physically impaired people from all over the world to compete against each other using the latest assistive technologies. ETH Zurich welcomed 30 of the participating teams from 15 countries to complete a practice session at the Swiss Arena in Kloten. Read more 

13.07.2015 | News

Making it easier to analyse proteins

Less time, fewer errors and simpler to perform. That is what is promised by this new approach to analysing proteins in the lab. Tina Hovestadt received a Pioneer Fellowship from ETH Zurich for this project. Read more 

16.06.2015 | News

A festival of success stories

On Monday, the “venture” start-up competition celebrated its tenth run. Six ETH Zurich companies were among this year’s finalists, with Pregnostics winning the prize for best business idea. Read more 

03.06.2015 | Press release

ETH professor Nicola Spaldin receives the 2015 Körber Prize

Nicola Spaldin, Professor for Material Theory at ETH Zurich, has been awarded the Körber Prize, one of the most prestigious scientific awards in Europe. The EUR 750,000 Körber Prize honours outstanding scientists working in Europe. The researcher is to receive the Körber Prize for the creation of a new class of crystalline compounds that could revolutionise the world of computers. Read more 

01.06.2015 | News | 1 Comment

A man who pushes boundaries

Johan Robertsson is a professor of geophysics at ETH Zurich, a specialist in seismic wave propagation, an amateur historian and an outdoor enthusiast. For his work in development of a new method of acquiring seismic data, he has now been honoured with the ‘New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons’ Eni Award, the world’s most prestigious prize in the field of energy sector. Read more 

28.05.2015 | News

New ETH hub for computer games

ETH Zurich’s new Game Technology Center in the Department of Computer Science will pool Swiss know-how in the development of computer games. This was announced on Wednesday as part of the final presentation of the Game Programming Laboratory. Read more 

22.05.2015 | Press release

Future Cities Laboratory to continue

Singapore’s National Research Foundation has awarded funding to the Singapore-ETH Centre for a second five-year phase of the Future Cities Laboratory. The second phase commences in September 2015 and addresses the challenges of sustainable urban development. Read more 

21.05.2015 | News

Ten years of technology and economics

The Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In both its research and teaching, the department explores the interfaces between technology and economics. Graduates with in-depth knowledge in these areas are in high demand on the labour market. Read more 

20.05.2015 | News

Bionic athletes compete in disciplines drawn from everyday life

Next year's Cybathlon will host people with physical disabilities equipped with advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The goal of this unique competition is to remove barriers between people with physical disabilities, researchers and the general public and to promote the development of assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. We talked to Robert Riener, the Cybathlon's main organizer and Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH. Read more 

09.03.2015 | Globe magazine

Digital fabrication: totally real

Digital technologies are changing our everyday lives, and research at ETH Zurich is playing a major role in this transformation. Realistic film animation, houses built by robots and implants manufactured using 3D printers: the new issue of Globe showcases the vast range of possible applications. Read more 

09.03.2015 | Globe magazine

Revolutionising building sites

Digital technologies have already turned many areas of the economy inside out. Construction is the next sector set to undergo a change: more efficient processes, new materials and more varied houses are the objective. Read more 

09.03.2015 | Globe magazine | 1 Comment

Nose made by bioprinters

3D printers are opening up new opportunities in medicine too. A group of researchers in a team led by Marcy Zenobi-Wong is printing cartilage transplants using the body’s own cells. They are personalised and grow with the patient. Read more 

20.02.2015 | News

An oscilloscope for MRI scanners

Take three driven physics wizards, an innovative business idea and lots of hard work, and what do you get? An ETH spin-off that could further advance both MRI research and medical diagnostics. Read more 

04.02.2015 | News

Detox and software for power grids

The ETH-Zurich spin-offs Versantis and Adaptricity are heralding the beginning of a new era of detoxification methods and managing power systems. The two fledgling companies reached the third and final round of the competition Venture Kick. Both spin-offs received CHF 130,000 each in seed capital. Read more 

03.02.2015 | News

Drones and the human factor

Last week's accidental crash landing of a drone at the White House heightened the international debate on the regulation of commercial drones. A conference at ETH Zurich addressed the fact that drone technology comes with controversial applications. Read more 

13.01.2015 | News

Hans-Eggenberger-Prize 2014 for innovative solar technology

The mechanical engineer Thomas Cooper developed for his PhD thesis a solar power system of cost-effective parabolic trough concentrators coupled to high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. He was awarded the Hans-Eggenberger-Preis 2014. Read more 

08.01.2015 | News

ETH team awarded prize for energy management system

Today, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is presenting the Watt d’Or energy prize in the Energy-efficient mobility category to the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. This award is in recognition of the technology the institute has developed in collaboration with Carrosserie Hess AG. Read more 

06.01.2015 | Press release

Fertile ground for innovative spirit

A total of 22 new companies were founded in 2014 by researchers from ETH Zurich. These spin-offs are among the most successful in Switzerland. One of the year's highlights was Covagen, which was acquired for over CHF 200 million. The latest figures also reveal that the university is on the right track with its promotion programmes. Read more 

12.12.2014 | Press release

ETH and University of Zurich launch Wyss Translational Center Zurich

ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are founding a new translational research centre at the interface of medicine, science and engineering: the Wyss Translational Center Zurich. A USD 120 million donation from Dr. h.c. mult. Hansjörg Wyss to the two Zurich universities is making this possible. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the new centre aims to accelerate the development and application of innovative medical therapies and groundbreaking robotic systems. Read more 

21.11.2014 | News

Aeon Scientific wins award

The ETH spin-off Aeon Scientific has won the 2014 Swiss Technology Award in the Start-up category. The biomedical engineering company impressed the judges with its robot-controlled surgical system, which can be used to treat cardiac arrhythmia quickly and safely. Read more 

03.11.2014 | Press release | 2 Comments

‘grimsel’ breaks world record

The ‘grimsel’ electric racing car today broke the previous world record for acceleration in electric cars. The vehicle accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.785 seconds in under 30 metres. The new record was set by students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, who also designed and built the vehicle. Read more 

13.10.2014 | News

Hardcore hackers

Developing a computer app in just 40 hours – that was the challenge facing the 350 attendees of the HackZurich programming marathon last weekend. The winner produced an app which enables users to explore remote places using their smartphone. Read more 

25.09.2014 | News

A spark between human and machine

ETH Zurich and ETH spin-off company Verity Studios AG have teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to demonstrate the value of technology to entertain and delight us. Read more 

18.09.2014 | News

ETH spin-offs in the fast lane

The top 100 Swiss startups of 2014 were announced yesterday evening, and 18 ETH spin-offs were included in the list. What’s more, the startup with the best prospects of success started life at ETH Zurich. Read more 

28.08.2014 | News

Urban planning details of the innovation park

Yesterday the canton of Zurich presented its development study for the planned innovation park in the grounds of Dübendorf Air Base. Now the revised master plan must be approved by the cantonal parliament and federal government, and the federal government must decide on the future use of the air base. Read more 

21.08.2014 | News | 1 Comment

C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach. Read more 

22.07.2014 | News | 6 Comments

ETH student develops filter for clean water around the world

An innovative filter makes it possible to purify water more quickly, simply and economically than ever before. The developers hope the device will soon play a big role development aid, and they are looking for investors to help them achieve this goal. Read more 

21.07.2014 | News

A village with CO2 -neutral buildings is possible

No fossil fuels used for heating or hot water in an entire village – that is the ambitious goal of the Zernez Energia 2020 research project. ETH scientists have studied the feasibility of the project and are presenting the initial findings in an exhibition. Read more 

15.07.2014 | News

Award for ETH developers of customised jeans

The ETH spin-off Selfnation, which offers women’s made-to-measure jeans over the internet, impressed the jury of venture kick’s young entrepreneur competition and won one of two sponsorship awards worth CHF 130,000. Read more 

02.07.2014 | News

New approach for tuberculosis drugs

In the past 50 years, only one new tuberculosis drug has come on to the market, yet many more active substances are urgently needed. Current treatments increasingly fail due to multidrug-resistant pathogens. ETH researchers have now applied to patent a novel approach for developing new tuberculosis drugs. Read more 

05.06.2014 | News

Prize-winning UV protection and chairless chairs

Not one… but two ETH-Zurich spin-offs managed to convince the judging panel from the venture kick initiative and win an advancement award of CHF 130,000. The best start-up projects of the year’s first quarter were a sun-protection app and a chair that can walk. Read more 

08.05.2014 | News

The most promising start-ups

Ten companies were honoured on Wednesday as part of the Venture business plan competition at ETH Zurich, with prize winners including the two ETH start-ups rqmicro and Versantis. Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez encouraged the young entrepreneurs to aim high. Read more 

05.05.2014 | News | 3 Comments

Better yield thanks to a coal waste product

Biofuel can be produced from wood, too. The key to this is the suitable pretreatment of the plant parts in order to break up the wood structure. Researchers at the Transport Processes and Reactions Laboratory, ETH Zurich, have found and patented a method of this kind. Read more 

31.03.2014 | News

The middlemen of 3D printing

It has become extremely difficult for companies to get a clear picture of the crowded 3D printing sector. But now that’s changing: ETH spin-off brings transparency to the market and helps customers find the right provider. Read more 

07.03.2014 | News

Great prospects for storage technology

ETH Zurich’s Spark Award 2014 goes to a group, led by Professor Jennifer Rupp, that has developed a powerful and energy-efficient data storage device for mobile electronic devices. ETH Zurich awarded the prize to its most innovative and economically promising innovation of the past year. Read more 

05.03.2014 | News

Tips from the pro

Joël Jean-Mairet succeeded in selling his company for good money. Now he offers valuable tips about the things young ETH entrepreneurs should look out for. Read more 

20.02.2014 | News

Launch of a Founders Network

No matter what the business idea may be, start-up founders all face the same challenge: the lack of a business network. ETH Zurich has now started a Founders Community to foster more interaction between the 350 existing ETH spin-offs. Read more 

05.02.2014 | Press release

Supporting flying robots and new memory architectures

ETH Zurich and EPFL are jointly entering into a new research partnership with Microsoft Research. Over five years, Microsoft Research will provide five million Swiss francs of funding to support IT research projects. Microsoft researchers will also work closely with the scientists at the two universities. Read more 

28.01.2014 | News

The app of the day, keeps the sunburn away

The young ETH spin-off Bitsplitters introduces a system that measures UV exposure using a sensor and a smartphone app. Read more 

16.01.2014 | News

“No need for visionary gurus”

At the first awards ceremony of the year for the start-up competition “venture”, Roche CEO Severin Schwan spoke about the right breeding ground for pioneering ideas. Read more 

14.01.2014 | News

Custom jeans are just a click away

Two ETH students have launched their label Selfnation with a web store for made-to-measure women’s jeans. Software developed at ETH ensures each pair of jeans fits its wearer perfectly. Read more 

09.01.2014 | News | 1 Comment

Energy prize for hybrid engine

Lino Guzzella’s research group has won the Watt d’Or 2014 energy prize for development of a natural gas-diesel hybrid engine. The innovative combustion engine system emits up to half as much CO 2 as conventional engines and with the same performance. Read more 

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