Biopôle launches the Digital Health Hub

14th March 2019

OROX Asset Management and Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Sicav, in partnership with Biopôle Lausanne, have inaugurated a new innovation center, the Digital Health Hub, dedicated to digital health

Based at Biopôle, the new platform addresses the growing demand for a forum and gathering point to accelerate the development of patient-focused digital solutions.

Following the launch of the life sciences start-up incubator StartLab in March 2018, Biopôle SA has unveiled a new initiative, the Digital Health Hub, which brings together leading companies and renowned experts in the field of digital health. The new center officially opened its doors today and already hosts fifteen companies.

Nasri Nahas, CEO of Biopôle SA said: “Digitization is essential in every aspect of our lives. As a strategic player in the region, we are responsible for leading the integration of new technologies in the health field. Our vision at Biopôle is to develop a digital health center that is backed by our unique ecosystem in terms of diversity, expertise and resourcefulness, and which aims to become, thanks to the convergence of experts in health and digitization, a world-renowned center of excellence for developing digital solutions, accelerating projects and disseminating knowledge to patients.”

The Digital Health Hub welcomes Swiss and international stakeholders in digital health and has an infrastructure of 900 sq. m, consisting of private spaces and numerous common areas which can accommodate up to 20 companies. Furthermore, the new initiative includes a group of experts from the healthcare industry who all share the same passion: the integration of digitization in their field of activity. The group, named “Digital Pulse”, consists of around twenty experts with diverse profiles, such as researchers, public and industrial healthcare professionals, investors and entrepreneurs.

Thierry Weber, coordinator of the Digital Pulse Group stresses: “Digitization is being applied across healthcare at a rapid pace and it is difficult for patients to find their way in a context where solutions are complex and regulation struggles to keep pace. We wanted to bring together digital health experts to support the development of patient-friendly solutions and to understand how we can better support them.”

Since its creation in 2004, Biopôle has become a strategic site for research and development in the field of life sciences and a key location in Switzerland. With the growth of its ecosystem and its network, Biopôle SA seeks to promote the convergence of leading ideas and projects across life sciences to support innovation in the region.

Thanks to the new buildings scheduled to be completed in 2020 and 2021, adding around 20,000 sq. m of additional space, Biopôle will be able to accommodate a large number of companies, organizations and projects that want to be closer to the new Digital Health Hub and to benefit from the unique ecosystem of companies and institutions on the campus.