«We co-founded ARTIDIS because the ARTIDIS platform is a nanotechnological tool that promises to revolutionize cancer diagnostics in clinics

Professor Roderick Lim, Argovia-Professor and co-founder of ARTIDIS 

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute provides wide-ranging support for knowledge and technology transfer between higher education and industry. In the Argovia program, for example, scientists at academic institutions from the SNI network work closely with industrial partners. Here, we present some of the success stories of the Nano Argovia program.

A considerable number of patents were the output of the Nano Argovia program and other SNI projects. Beside filing patents to protect innovations and inventions, it could also be an option to set up a spin-off company. Some SNI members have already taken this step. Argovia Professor Roderick Lim (University of Basel), for example, has joined forces with close colleagues to set up ARTIDIS. The company will market the ARTIDIS™ platform, an atomic force microscope for cancer analysis. Ralf Schumacher (previously University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and SNI member) and his colleagues have founded Mimedis AG, which will produce customized, patient-friendly bone implants and adapters for artificial joints. 

Georg-H.-Endress-Professor Dr. Patrick Maletinsky and Dr. Matthieu Munsch (University of Basel) are the founders of Qnami, a start-up that develops quantum sensors for nanoscale imaging (portrait of Qnami). The former nanoscience student Thomas Stohler and Silvan Häfeli founded the start-up, NUONEX, in March 2019. The two young entrepreneurs plan to launch a device known as the CryoWriter, which allows optimum sample preparation for cryo-electron microscopy (portrait of NUONEX). The Nano Argovia project A3EDPI laid the foundation of the start-up ELDICO Scientific, which was founded in June 2019. Eldico Scientific will develop and commercialize electron diffractometers for nano-crystallography.

Have you developed a device or invented a procedure that could be marketed? The Innovation Office at the University of Basel is the central contact point at the University for all matters related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The Office coordinates the different support services for innovation projects and spin-offs of the university and opens channels between the University, private and partners like Unitectra. The Hightech Zentrum Aargau also offers support for members of the SNI network (Hightech Zentrum Aargau). And maybe the participation in the Swiss Startup Challenge is an option for you?