Here are the winners of the coveted Swiss Technology Award. With innovation, creativity and the latest technology, they are able to move into global markets and continually create new jobs. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners for their success.
Carbon materials are lightweight like plastic and strong like metal, but time consuming and expensive and this is why they are restricted in their use in the Automotive, aerospace, medical and other industries. 9T Labs simplifies the use of high-performance materials for series production by introducing a 3D printer and software. This technology provides automation and advanced software algorithms to give engineers manufacturing flexibility and optimization capabilities to create significantly lighter parts at a cost competitive price.
Advertima is an AI-based software that uses computer vision and machine learning to interpret the visual appearance, walking paths, and body language of people in real-time. This data enables different realtime applications. The technology only processes a minimum of data and ensures that any person remains anonymous all the time, making it fully compliant with all relevant data protection laws.
CPAutomation has developed, produced and supplied industrial automation equipment for 20 years. Its technologies are predominantly used in the medical, electronics and luxury sectors. The innovative CP Series is a flexible automation platform for producing and assembling technical parts. This modularity allows solutions, such as assembly, laser processes or quality control, to be combined.
Every year, 50 million people suffer from severe skin injuries. Cutiss uses a small biopsy of the patient and producess with the denovo Skin technology a skin substitute, which enables large area skin transplantation with only minimal scarring. This process, engineered after more than 15 years of research in the Tissue Biology Research Unit of the University Children's Hospital Zurich and is supported by the EU Research, Innovation Programme "Horizon 2020" and Wyss Zurich.
The modern building industry faces challenges to reduce its energy consumption and CO2-footprint, while also ensuring fire-protection. FenX develops a new type of non-flammable insulation foam, which emits three times less CO2 during production than competing products. At the end-of-life, the insulation materials can be recycled in the production of new foams.
Microcapsules and microparticles are widely used to carry, deliver and protect pharmaceutical agents in drugs, fragrances, aromas or cosmetic products. However, today’s industrial microencapsulation techniques do not allow any control over the capsule size, leading to uncontrolled release profiles. With their production technique, Microcaps can produce size-controlled micro containers. This leads to higher efficiency of the ingredients and reduced side effects.
NEMIS Technologies develops simple, rapid and low-cost diagnostic kits for the safe detection of dangerous bacteria outside the laboratory. The extremely sensitive AquaSparkTM molecules “light-up” in the presence of targeted living bacteria, making the detection of the entire range of microorganisms faster and easier. NEMIS’ solution enables the reduction of food contamination and identifies the best antibiotic treatment options for patient wellbeing.
Sika is the global market and technology leader for adhesives and sealants. With a new and unique adhesive technology called SikaForce Powerflex it’s possible to combine the advantages of both structural and elastic adhesives. The Curing-by-Design technology allows adaptable pot life followed by immediate curing resulting in drastic production cycle time reduction.
The patented "Thermos" system, developed by Swissframe together with three universities of applied sciences for the production of hot water. The system uses the residual heat from domestic ventilation as an energy source for a mini heat pump. Compared to an electric boiler, this system requires up to 70% less energy. Long pipes and expensive storage
tanks are no longer necessary.