Swiss NanoConvention 2018

Christian Schönenberger, Director of the Swiss MNT Network and the SNI, presents the first Startup Prize to Danuta Cichocka, CEO of Resistell (Image: Edward Byrne).

This year’s Swiss NanoConvention was held at ETH Zurich on June 6 and 7. As in previous years, Switzerland’s key players in the field of nanosciences came together to learn about a variety of topics and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary setting.

A novelty this year was the awarding of the first Nanotech Startup Prize, an initiative of the Swiss Micro & Nanotechnology Network. Eight startups were invited to pitch their innovative ideas to the SNC audience. Dr. Danuta Cichocka, CEO of Resistell, won over the attendees with her presentation, securing the prize for her company. Resistell has designed a device able to detect antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria. It works by analyzing the bacteria’s minute movements, requires no elaborate and time-consuming cultivation, and quickly and reliably recommends an effective antibiotic.

During the SNC, as in last year’s edition, awards were presented to five junior researchers who distinguished themselves with outstanding publications as lead authors arising from their doctoral theses. The prize sponsored by the Hightech Zentrum Argau went to Dr. Daniel Riedel, an alumnus of the SNI PhD School and currently working as a postdoc at the University of Basel, for his paper in the journal Physical Review X on quality enhancement of photons generated by a quantum system (see portrait for more information).

The remaining PhD prizes, sponsored by the companies Carl Zeiss, BASF, Bühler and Sensirion were awarded to Dr. Rajib Schubert of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Dr. Celine Calvino of the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg, Dr. Gotthold Fläschner of the ETH Zurich, and Dr. Amir Ghadimi of the EPF Lausanne.

Pictures and details of the SNC are available at http://swissnanoconvention.ch/2018/