After his visit to swissnex Boston, Professor Dr. Daniel Gygax, the President of the NTN Swiss Biotech (research funding) and Program Head Bachelor from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland had the great opportunity to discover more about the life sciences scene in Boston. On July 9, he started his tour with CEO Felix Moesner and Francesca Cerza from swissnex Boston, visiting LabCentral, a launchpad for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups. LabCentral in Cambridge helps to create the next generation of biotech companies by providing entrepreneurs and innovative life sciences startups with the space and resources they need to test out, challenge, and nurture early ideas. Johannes Fruehauf, co-Founder and President, welcomed us and shared with us the biggest fundraising challenges for early stage startups in this field.
Following was a visit to the world’s largest startup accelerator, MassChallengeand the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. We were welcomed by Mary Tolikas, Director of Operations as well as Jake Hansen, Business Development. The Harvard Wyss Institute is a new cross-disciplinary model for innovation, collaboration, and technology translation at Harvard University. It was launched in 2009 with a $125 million gift from the Swiss entrepreneur Hansjoerg Wyss. Later, he doubled his donation to $250 million and became the largest donor to ever contribute to higher education institution in Massachusetts in 2013. Walter de Wit, Consul for Innovation from the Dutch Consulate also joined for the visit at the Harvard Wyss Institute.