Networked innovation
Alliances & partnerships
Members of our extensive network of academic, research, and industrial partners in Switzerland and aboard make vital contributions to our activities. Alliances and partnerships leverage broad research efforts and developments in applied technology. Our strategic partnerships and range of individual networks include international, European, and Swiss companies and institutions.

International partners

From large astrophysics projects to developing specific technologies in collaboration with clients in industry, CSEM contributes to Switzerland’s international reputation and raises the country’s profile abroad.

As a designer of low-power ASICs CSEM is a design partner of TowerJazz—the global specialty foundry/wafer manufacturer strategically focused on RF, high-performance analog, power and imaging solutions. CSEM is also a member of GSA—the Global Semiconductor Alliance.

European partners

Since its foundation in 1984, CSEM has built close and productive relationships with EC-funded bodies, and with academic institutions, other research and technology organizations, and industry partners across the continent. 

Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA)

CSEM’s close relationship with CEA/Léti in France, Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Mikroelektronische Allianz), and Finland’s VTT is understandable. Each is a government-funded national technology transfer accelerator. But the four organizations have taken their collaboration to the next level, co-founding the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA), guaranteeing the industry partners of each organization access to an even broader range of technological expertise.

European initiatives

CSEM is active in the European Territorial Cooperation program (formerly the INTERREG initiative), which provides significant support to cross-border and transnational projects. Further partnerships are developed, at home and abroad, through the Franco–Swiss platform MIND (microelectronics and mechatronics).

CSEM is an active contributor to the activities of the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO). CSEM is also a member of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA)—other members include DLR in Germany and Onera in France.

We also contribute to other major European platforms and programs, including:

  • ECSELElectronic components and systems for European leadership. ECSEL replaces two joint undertakings ARTEMIS (Advanced Research & Technology for Embedded Intelligence & Systems) and ENIAC (the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council).
  • EPoSS—European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration.
  • EUCEMAN—European center for micro- and nanoreliability.
  • EUROPRACTICE Alliance Partner Network—A network of design houses working with the EUROPRACTICE IC Service to offer ASIC prototype and small-volume turnkey solutions.
  • EUROSTARS—Joint program dedicated to SMEs active in R&D, co-funded by the European Community and 33 EUREKA member countries.
  • Photonics21.
  • FET Flagship Pilots—Future and emerging technologies.

Swiss partners

Academia & universities

CSEM aims to be the privileged partner of the two Swiss federal institutes of technology—Lausanne’s EPFL and Zurich’s ETHZ. But our mission—knowledge and technology transfer to industry—also leads us to actively seek partnerships beyond these two bodies and other institutes in the ETH domain. These partnerships increasingly involve CSEM combining forces with Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences. In this way, CSEM adds value by enhancing the creation and exchange of know-how. These relationships also make possible the accelerated industrialization of ideas and research findings.

Research institutions

CSEM maintains privileged relationships with the main Swiss research centers—EMPA (materials science and technology research) and the Paul Scherrer Institute (natural and engineering sciences).

CSEM also works closely on knowledge and technology transfer projects with other national research bodies, including:

  • The University of Bern’s ARTORG (on medical devices).
  • Geneva’s Centre Wyss (on implantable electronics).
  • Agroscope—the Confederation’s center of excellence for agricultural research (on agriculture and the environment).

Further collaborative projects are ongoing in the medtech field, where CSEM partners Bern’s L’Île (Insel) hospital, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), and Lausanne’s CHUV, principally regarding clinical validation. Similar collaborative efforts are currently under negotiation, including with the SITEM Center, Bern.

Swiss initiatives

National initiatives and thematic networks to which CSEM contributes include:

  • Alliance—promoting collaboration between industry and academia in southeastern Switzerland.
  • Alpict—information and communication technologies.
  • BaselArea.Swiss—Cleantech, ICT, life sciences, medtech, and nanotechnology in northwestern Switzerland.
  • BioAlps—healthcare and life sciences.
  • Biotechnet—one-stop shop for innovation in biotechnology; CSEM co-chairs the thematic platform In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD).
  • CleanTechAlps—diverse cleantech initiatives.
  • CCMX—materials science and technology.
  • Cluster précision / Präzisionscluster—inter-company networking, technology transfer, and higher-level training.
  • Creapole—medical, micro-, and information and communications technology in the Jura region.
  • Inartis Network—national thematic network (NTN) for life sciences.
  • Innovaud— supporting innovation in the Canton of Vaud.
  • MCCS—microtechnology center for central Switzerland.
  • Micronarc and the Swiss MNT Network—micro- and nanotechnology.
  • The Swiss Space Center—federating and promoting space activities.
  • Swissmem—uniting the Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering industry, and associated technology-oriented sectors; member of the Space (SSIG), Aeronautics (SAIG), and Photonics (SPIG) Industry Groups.
  • Swissphotonics—national thematic network (NTN) for photonics.
  • Toolpoint for Lab Science—a vertical integrated cluster, which combines the knowhow and ability of the lab automation industry in Europe.
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