(C) Wolf G Kroner 2009 - Stefan BorgasSwiss Industrial Biotechnology Network

November 2011. It might be a late start to exploit opportunities of “White Biotechnology”, but it is driven by concerns about weakened competitiveness of the Swiss chemicals industry outside pharma. Moreover, what may appear as one of those familiar biotech success stories is a winding road with many stumbling blocks, Switzerland being no exemption.

Read details from a stakeholder meeting at Basel.

(C) Wolf G Kroner 2009 - Domenico Alexakis

(C) Wolf G Kroner 2009 - Ian Hudson

(C) Wolf G Kroner 2009 - Hans-Peter MeyerRallying stakeholders at a platform meeting in Basel (from left to right, upper row): Stefan Borgas, at the time CEO of Lonzza AG; middle: Domenico Alexakis, Swiss Biotech Association SBA; Ian Hudson, Commercial Director DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl; lower row: Hans-Peter Meyer, at the time responsible for Lonza's biotech projects network initiative.



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Editor's Note

Swiss Industrial Biotechnology: Dragged-on networking in the shadow of local big pharma

Former ETH-Professor Armin Fiechter (passed 24/ May 2010) is accredited with introducin technical biochemistry later to become industrial biotechnology in Switzerland. While the country's pharmaceutical industry benefited for many decades from research and inventions no sizable branch of industrial biotechnology developed until the milennium. In middle of the last decade the Swiss Industrial Biocatalysis Consortium was the first serious attempt to build a network of manufacturers (e.g. Lonza, Givaudan), suppliers (e.g. Sigma-Aldrich) and stakeholders like DuPont de Nemours.

The Swiss build-up has been largely in parallel to similar initiatives in Germany (e.g. BASF, Evonik), France (e.g. Arkema, Roquette), Austria (e.g. Agrana, SFB Biokatalyse/TU Graz), in Denmark (Novozymes), or in the United States.

The author of this comment followed it early on as editor of Bioworld Europe (see: Meyer H-P, Münch T (2005): Swiss Industrial Biocatalysis Consortium.
in: Bioworld Europe, issue 1March: 14-16. At the time of the article, Lonza started to roll out a 20 million Swiss Francs programme to interlink relevant academic research, technology developers and key customers in projects requiring biotechnological methods and products (microorganisms, enzymes). Wolf G Kroner

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