22-09-20 - Press Release

Voliro closes CHF 2.0 million seed round led by Alpana Ventures to develop advanced flying inspection robots

The Wyss Zurich project Voliro announced today that its spin-off Voliro AG has successfully closed a CHF 2.0 million seed round. The round was led by Alpana Ventures SA, with participation from BackBone Ventures, Zürcher Kantonalbank, and a group of very prominent Swiss Angels. This achievement enables Voliro to accelerate the development of its industrial-grade flying inspection robots. Volrio's specialty is robots being capable of performing in-depth structural integrity assessments using advanced inspection technologies. Mina Kamel, Co-Project Leader of Voliro the Wyss Zurich project and CEO and Co-founder of Voliro AG, states: “We are very happy and excited to welcome the new investors on board. Together we are revolutionizing work at height. Critical infrastructure in many industries is aging, and it is essential to develop innovative ways to perform regular inspections and maintenance, to ensure the safety and integrity of structures.” Full press release available here.

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21-09-20 - News

Making robots understand their surroundings - Sevensense in an interview with tomorrow unlocked

How are mobile robots integrated into society, and how can new technologies in this field improve our lives? The Wyss Zurich project Sevensense was featured in the second Young Bright Minds episode of Tomorrow Unlocked, discussing among others above mentioned questions. Listen to the thoughts of the Sevensense team members. They mention that Robots can work in areas that humans should not or do not need to work in, such as mines, nuclear plants, or buildings that are about to collapse.

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13-09-20 - Media Coverage

SonntagsBlick - Professor Hengartner erklärt: Weltspitze dank Philanthropie

Professor Michael Hengartner is President of the ETH Board - and thus something like the head researcher of Switzerland. In his column he explains, using the example of the startups CUTISS AG and Wingtra AG, both supported by Wyss Zurich and recently been awarded with the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award, how the interplay between top Swiss research and private donations contributes significantly to the well-being of society. (in German)

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09-09-20 - Media Coverage

The Top 100 Startup Award 2020 - Numerous Wyss Zurich projects under the Top 100 Startups 2020

Numerous Wyss Zurich projects were under the top 100 startups 2020! The phenomenal first place was taken by denovoskin, followed by our completed project wingtra. Moreover, our completed project Anybotics, and our current projects, hemotune, and Seervision were among the top 100. Our current project Voliro won the public vote award in their vertical, and Sevensense was among the top newcomers! The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award is the yearly reference event where the most promising Swiss startup CEOs, investors, and corporate executives gain deep insights into the latest proven concepts, network, and establish new business relationships. Switzerland is the home of excellent startups, and the TOP 100 is a unique opportunity to discover the best of them. Since 2011, the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups are picked by a jury of 100 leading investors and startup experts. Read more on moneycab.com (in German).

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03-09-20 - Media Coverage

Our Wyss Zurich alumni project wins the Swiss Economics Award 2020

Congratulations to our Wyss Zurich alumni project Anybotics, for winning the Swiss Economics Award 2020. The Swiss Economic Award is the most important award for young entrepreneurs in Switzerland. The winners of the Swiss Economic Award benefit from a unique service package: in addition to the prize money of 25'000 CHF each, they receive sound expert feedback, valuable media presence, access to the unique SEF network and easier admission to the SEF4SME growth initiative. Read more about the winners on startupticker.ch (in German).

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31-08-20 - News

HYLOMORPH – Successful completion of first medical project at Wyss Zurich – interview with Simone Bottan

HYLOMORPH has been a startup project incubated at Wyss Zurich from 2015 to 2020. The conduction of a first-in-man clinical trial marks the successful completion of its incubation period at Wyss Zurich. Simone Bottan was the Project Leader of HYLOMORPH since the very beginning. Wyss Zurich talked to Simone about his wishes for the future of HYLOMORPH with a look back on the project development.

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26-08-20 - Event

Event: mint & pepper - Autumn-Camps - CYBATHLON @school - 13th-16th October - a camp for 11 to 15 year old youngsters

This October mint & pepper takes kids and teenagers on a journey into the world of robotics, medicine, and product development! At the CYBATHLON @school Camps, a group of 50 children between 11 and 15 years old discovers the exoskeleton “Flexo” designed by mint & pepper. They learn to use robotics and modern technologies that help people with physical disabilities overcome everyday obstacles. The mint & pepper team cordially invites you to come and cheer on the young participants competing in the afternoon of the 16th of October 2020. To register your children and for further information click on read full article.

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25-08-20 - News

LifeMatrix wins 40'000 CHF - VentureKick phase II

LifeMatrix enters phase II of Venture Kick and wins CHF 40 000 for the development of their tissue-engineered implants. Thanks to the Venture Kick funds the team aims at accelerating the process of spinning out the technology from the University and preparing a Series A financing round. Venture Kick's funding starts before company incorporation and can increase to 150,000 francs, over three stages during a nine-month period. One more to go for LifeMatrix.

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25-08-20 - News

Mina Kamel - co-project leader of Voliro - has been rewarded with the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation prize

Wyss Zurich is proud to announce the following news: Mina Kamel, the Co-Project Leader of Voliro has been awarded with the Dimitris N. Chorafas prize for his PhD theses. "The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation awards scientific prizes for outstanding work in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath. Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing. More information about the foundation under read more."

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25-08-20 - News

Corona-Impfstoff – Biotechunternehmen verändern die Forschung - Eco SRF

Wyss Zurich's Co-Chair of the Evaluation Board Friedrich von Bohlen was featured in the SRF TV program Eco. Friedrich is a board member of CureVac AG, a German biotech, participating in the race towards developing a COVID-19 vaccine. From minute 9:05 onward, Friedrich gives insights about having states as investors and why Corona is revolutionizing the biotech industry. (in German)

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