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21.06.2017 | Globe magazine | 1 Comment

The eyes have it

Patients with age-related retinal disease need regular injections in the eye. At the moment, these must be given by specially trained medical doctors, but a robot may well handle this task in the near future. 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 

17.05.2017 | News | 1 Comment

City model created from images alone

ETH scientists have combined millions of images and videos into a three-dimensional, living model of the city of Zurich. The new technology has many possible applications – for example, it can analyse where and when pedestrians are on the move and parking spaces become free. 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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

03.11.2016 | News

Award for innovative cell culture technology

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new cell culture method, which may very well enable to forgo certain tests on animals in the future. The scientists were awarded an international prize for more humane treatment of laboratory animals. 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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

15.02.2016 | News

"Swiss army knife" molecule

Scientists at ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off have developed a novel polymer for coating materials, in order to prevent biofilms from forming on their surfaces. Thanks to the technological platform developed, it is now possible to coat durably a variety of different materials using the same polymeric molecule. Such coatings are of relevance for medical applications, among others. 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 

18.01.2016 | News

“Trying out is research”

ETH Zurich is preparing up-and-coming researchers for an international career in science and industry. In March 2016, it will launch a career-focused funding mechanism that will allow junior researchers to conduct their own research project early on. Vice President Detlef Günther explains why, in an interview with ETH News. Read more 

06.01.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Nanowalls for smartphones

Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed. 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 

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 

11.12.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Diagnostics with birefringence

ETH researchers led by Raffaele Mezzenga have developed a new diagnostic method. It is based on Birefringence, the ability of substances to change the polarisation state of light. With this method, doctors around the world can easily, rapidly and reliably detect malaria, Ebola or HIV to name only a few. 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 

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 

29.07.2015 | News | 6 Comments

Yarn from slaughterhouse waste

ETH researchers have developed a yarn from ordinary gelatine that has good qualities similar to those of merino wool fibres. Now they are working on making the yarn even more water-resistant. 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 

27.06.2015 | News

3D for all

The use of 3D printing continues to rise among students and researchers. ETH Zurich has set up a special web platform so people will be able to find the right printer faster in future. At the same time, the ETH Additive Manufacturing Community has also been created, forming a place where researchers can exchange ideas on the various applications of 3D printing. 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 

11.05.2015 | News

Measuring your own movement – all in the name of research

As part of a campaign run by the Swiss radio and television broadcaster SRF, two members of ETH Zurich have developed an app which allows users to carry out live comparisons between their own physical activity data with that of others. The data collected is then made available for research. Read more 

01.04.2015 | News

Brilliant spark for personalised therapies

The 2015 Spark Award goes to a group of researchers led by ETH Professor Manfred Kopf, which has developed a method by which specific characteristics of immune cells can be identified. The technology could prove to be an important tool in personalised medicine. 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 

12.02.2015 | News

Summer storms and heavy rainfall in the future climate

Hail, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. These extreme events are supposedly on the increase in the course of global warming. High-resolution simulations conducted by ETH-Zurich researchers on CSCS’s supercomputers now add more certainty to the projections. 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 

19.01.2015 | News

Cellulose with Braille for cells

Artificial implants such as pacemakers often cause complications because the body identifies them as foreign objects. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now demonstrated a simple method to fabricate cellulose-sheaths for implants, whose micro-structured surface makes them especially biocompatible. Read more 

12.01.2015 | News

Glass for battery electrodes

Today's lithium-ion batteries are good, but not good enough if our future energy system is to rely on electrical power. Chemists and materials scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries – likely making a vast improvement in these batteries’ capacity and energy density. 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 

19.12.2014 | News

Of racing students and genetic circuits

Programmable cells that can detect cancer, canyons on Mars that may have been formed by lava, and black holes catapulted out of the centre of a galaxy: ETH researchers made a name for themselves in 2014 with some outstanding scientific achievements and exciting hypotheses. It was also a politically charged year for all Swiss research institutions. As the year draws to a close, the ETH News editorial team looks back on some of the most memorable moments. Read more 

04.12.2014 | News

The man who never cracked – Jack Heuer visits ETH Zurich

ETH alumnus Jack Heuer is one of the greats in the history of the Swiss watch industry. On Tuesday he visited ETH Zurich and shared his experience with ETH students. 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 

17.11.2014 | News

A night dedicated to making the right career choices

The “Lange Nacht der Karriere” (“Long night of the career”) event attracted numerous students, doctoral students, postdocs and alumni to ETH Zurich’s Main Building, where they picked up useful tips from experts on professional life, jobs and careers. 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 

27.08.2014 | News

Building on industry relationships

Industry Day 2014: with passion and technical expertise, ETH professors presented their research topics to representatives from industry and SMEs – from big data and additive technologies to computer graphics. The interest of the companies was greater than ever. 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 

06.08.2014 | News | 36 Comments

Curing arthritis in mice

With a new therapeutic product, researchers have managed to cure arthritis in mice for the first time. The scientists are now planning to test the efficacy of the drug in humans. Read more 

01.07.2014 | News

Slackliner to perform daredevil stunts at “togETHer 2014”

Samuel Volery, aged 29, is a master at the tightrope sport of slacklining. He will be showing off his skills to guests at ETH’s “togETHer 2014” staff party on the Hönggerberg campus on 22 August. 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 


The Internet of Favourite Things

ETH-Zurich spin-off Qipp uses virtual profiles to connect our favourite objects to the internet. Smartphones enable manufacturers to remain in contact with purchasers throughout a product’s entire lifespan. 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 

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 

17.01.2014 | News

Kick-off for the World Cup in cutting-edge research

“Horizon 2020” was launched on 14 January 2014. Switzerland is a full associate member. The EU has increased the budget for the programme by 30% and has promised to reduce the administrative hurdles. 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 

06.01.2014 | Press release

ETH spin-offs: a promising investment

ETH Zurich looks back at an excellent year for spin-offs. In 2013, researchers started 24 new companies, as many as in the record year of 2009. In total, ETH spin-offs achieved investments of more than CHF 80 million over the year. Read more 

20.12.2013 | News | 1 Comment

From economical engines to teleported information and invading bumblebees

As 2013 comes to an end, one is inclined to say that it went by in a flash. The ETH News editorial team reminisces about the most tense, exciting, difficult and not least satisfying moments of the past year. With this recollection, the editorial team says goodbye to take a short holiday break between 23 December to 5 January and wishes all of its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Read more 

17.12.2013 | News

One hour service

ETH spin-off rqmicro speeds up microbe detection. Their unique selling proposition: rapid results and better prevention of disease breakout. Read more 

13.12.2013 | News

One hour service

ETH spin-off rqmicro speeds up microbe detection. Their unique selling proposition: rapid results and better prevention of disease breakout. Read more 

19.09.2013 | News

25 ETH spin-offs in the top 100

25 spin-offs from ETH Zurich are among the 100 most successful companies in Switzerland, with four making it into the Top 10 this year, according to the third rankings of the Institute for Young Entrepreneurs. Read more 

07.01.2013 | Press release

Young researchers show entrepreneurial spirit

Researchers from ETH Zurich founded twenty-two new spin-offs in 2012. The number of company foundations has thus remained constant at around twenty in recent years. Last year, ETH Zurich spin-offs received over ten million Swiss Francs in investments. Read more 

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