SNI doctoral students at the Technopark Aargau

Doctoral students at the SNI PhD School generally work on questions of basic science. However, they are also interested in applied research and in the transfer of knowledge and technology into industry. On a visit to the Technopark Aargau in Brugg in February 2018, the doctoral students gained an insight into the world of start-ups that have established themselves there.

First, Christina Loosli, CEO of the Technopark and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), presented her organization and the innovation landscape of the Canton of Aargau, as well as providing an overview of key points to take into account when founding a start-up. Dr. Martin Bopp, managing director of the Hightech Zentrum Aargau (HTZ), gave a presentation about the activities through which the HTZ supports innovation at companies in the Canton of Aargau.

In particularly interesting talks for the young SNI scientists, staff from two start-ups at the Technopark shared their success stories. Dominik Meier, founder and head of research and development at naneos particle solutions GmbH, spoke about the world’s smallest measuring device for nanoparticles, which was developed by naneos. Gabor Koppanyi, head of marketing and sales at Sintratec AG, presented Sintratec’s high-precision 3D printer, giving a live demonstration in the company’s showroom.

“On our visit to the Technopark, we gained concrete insights into the start-up phases of companies. We saw the work that the Technopark and the HTZ do to promote them,” says Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, coordinator of the SNI PhD School, who initiated the visit.