When new technologies require new companies
Start-ups & ventures
Start-ups or joint-ventures based on CSEM technologies contribute to the economic vitality of Switzerland and of established and emerging industries.

The creation of start-ups or joint-ventures is a way of valorizing CSEM’s research programs and those of its academic and research partners. It’s also part of CSEM’s mission, figuring in the service contract established between the center and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

CSEM is proud of its start-ups and ventures. They raise the profile of CSEM’s research programs and create jobs and wealth. They strengthen the economy, commercialize new technologies, and sometimes even serve to revitalize communities. While the majority of CSEM start-ups and new venture companies remain headquartered in Switzerland, CSEM’s exceptionally strong track record in technology transfer means that these new entities contribute to the economic vitality both of Switzerland, and of globally established and emerging industries.

2015
Solaxess SA
manufactures and commercializes a nanotechnology based film for the use in Photovoltaic modules in order to render them in different surface colors.
2012
ViDi Systems SA
In April 2017, Cognex Corporation acquired ViDi Systems SA, a maker of deep learning software for industrial machine vision.
2012
NeoCoat SA
develops, manufactures, and markets CVD diamond coatings and doped-diamond electrodes for various applications (tribology, water treatment & sensing, metrology, tools, etc.), as well as innovative CVD reactors and processes.
2011
3Brain GmbH
sells large-scale, high-resolution microelectrode array systems for in-vitro electrophysiology - the recording of extracellular signals from electrogenic cells, networks and tissues, such as in-vitro neuronal networks, brain slices, and cardiac tissue preparations.
2011
Limmex
develops, manufactures, and markets solutions in the area of personal security.
2011
Organis GmbH
is active in teaching and training for intensive care and anesthesia.
2011
SNAP Sensor SA / Analog Devices Inc.
In March 2016, Analod Devices Inc. acquired the CSEM start-up SNAP Sensor, active in the commercialization of an optimized CMOS-imager for surveillance applications.
2009
Swisstom AG
develops innovative medical devices to monitor the lung and heart functions of patients in intensive-care units and those undergoing general anesthesia.
2009
Neroxis SA
offers autonomous, green, silicon based sensors and solutions for gas and water quality or security.
2008
Osmotex AG
develops and produces the most advanced pumps for the emerging science and technology of microfluidics.
2007
Asyril SA
focuses on the development of miniaturized mechatronical devices for automation in the fields of micro- and nano-technologies, biotechnologies, and medicine.
2007
ActiSmile AG
is active in health, health promotion, lifestyle, and telemonitoring.
2006
Mesa Imaging AG / Heptagon
develops cameras based on the time-of-flight (TOF) principle. This 3D camera allows imaging in all three dimensions. It opens up novel applications in numerous markets including the automotive, security, and building automation industries.
2005
Heliotis AG
produces and markets measuring systems that enable light microscopes to acquire 3D images in real-time, thus addressing a very large global market.
2005
Jade Invest SA
is a Swiss venture capital company, founded by CSEM together with Absolute Private Equity AG (a spin-off of Credit Suisse) and Delarive Groupe SA, to support high-tech start-ups initiated by CSEM.
2004
Innobridge SA
is the innovation-consulting subsidiary of CSEM. It helps companies and investors to comprehensively evaluate and exploit the full potential of new and emerging technologies, to include them in their strategic plans, and to use them to gain competitive advantage and develop new business.
2004
Opti-Ken
is a CSEM start-up based in Buckenhof (Germany) and offering optical consulting, simulation, and design (with a focus on the design of injection molded optical components.
2002
Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration SA
develops specific systems in the field of scientific instrumentation for space exploration, especially imaging systems.
2001
Colibrys SA
develops, produces and sells advanced microsystems, customs MEMS and related services
2001
PhotonFocus AG
develops and delivers advanced CMOS sensors with sound/vision camera engineering. Photonfocus markets standard cameras and OEM vision modules for the industrial market.
2001
Posic SA
develops, produces and markets microcoil inductive sensors for motion-control applications.
2001
Xemtec AG
brings innovation to optical sensing solutions - from handheld scanners to utility metering systems - including new applications.
2000
Avalon Photonics Ltd / Bookham / II-IV Laser Enterprise
In March 2006, Bookham-Oclaro acquired CSEM's start-up Avalon Photonics, a leading provider of single-mode and multi-mode Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) chips, arrays, and sub-assemblies for sensing and datacom applications. And in 2013, II-VI Incorporated acquired this Swiss Business Unit of Oclaro Inc.
2000
Heptagon Oy
is a start-up of CSEM and Heptagon Oy with offices in Helsinki and Zurich, offering design, prototyping, and manufacture of diffractive optics and micro-optics.
2000
UDITIS SA
offers various information technology and systems services.
2000
Zentronica AG
coaches on how to find finance for high-tech start-up companies in the region of central Switzerland.
1998
CSM Instruments SA / Anton Paar GmbH
develops, produces, and sells advanced mechanical surface testing equipment and related services.
1997
Xemics SA / Semtech
In 2005, Semtech Corp. acquired the CSEM start-up Xemics SA, a fabless developer of ultra-low-power analog, radio frequency (RF), and digital integrated circuits (IC). Semtech is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products.
1995
Litomask SA / Photonics
In 1996, Photonics acquired Litomask, CSEM's start-up for photomask manufacturing operations. Photonics is the industry leader in the design, development, and production of reticles and photomasks for semiconductor and microelectronic applications.
1990
Microsens SA
designs, develops and manufactures integrated sensors.
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