Armasuisse Emerging Technology Tour to China


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Armasuisse Emerging Technology Tour to China

By Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

As technology advances at an breathtaking pace and we are invariably impacted by innovations in our society, everyone is trying to stay up to date on the latest and greatest developments; The military is no exception, and to this end swissnex China had the pleasure of organizing a 3-day program from November 5 to 7, focusing on emerging technology trends in China for the visit of Mr. Quentin Ladetto of Armasuisse, a Federal Agency of the Swiss Confederation responsible for the procurement of armaments for Switzerland.

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The program organized by swissnex consisted of three days. On the first day, swissnex China brought Mr. Ladetto to Hangzhou, a city neighboring Shanghai and famous for its West Lake as well as for hosting Alibaba’s HQ. With the help of Lucas Rondez, CEO and Founder of NiHub, an organization helping foreign startups in China, Mr. Ladetto had the opportunity to visit HIKVision, world leader in video surveillance products, NiHub’s latest office space, as well as Getui.com, a leading third-party push notification service provider, as well as We Meet, a platform for European SMEs to launch in China.

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On the second day, Mr. Ladetto was able to visit the China International Import Exhibition (CIIE), the world's largest trade expo taking place in Shanghai. With enterprises from over 100 countries and every possible field, the Exhibition provided the ideal environment to explore the latest technological developments and innovations.

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On the third and final day of the program, Mr. Ladetto visited the Beidou Research Institute, a non-profit platform promoting the Beidou Navigation Industry, China’s equivalent of America’s Global Positioning System (GPS). The Institute is also home to a “Robotics Testing & Training Area”, which is one of the largest indoor “sandbox environments” in China allowing for the testing and validation of mobile robots.

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Mr. Ladetto’s trip then continued to South Korea, followed by Japan.

swissnex China Promotes Swiss VPET System at 4th Sino-Swiss Theme Week

By Libing Gu, Project Leader Academic Relations

On November 12, the 4th Sino-Swiss Theme Week was inaugurated at Sino-Swiss Zhenjiang Ecological Industrial Park; With a special focus on Sino-Swiss cooperation in vocational training and education, the event was well-attended by researchers, schools and companies from both countries. Mrs. Libing Gu, Project Leader of Academic Relations of swissnex China gave a keynote speech on the Swiss vocational & professional education as well as the training system, during which she shared with audience the latest facts and figures and illustrated the reasons why vocational education continues to be such a popular choice for education in Switzerland, while enjoying long-standing prestige worldwide.

 Photos © Ma Zhendan

Photos © Ma Zhendan

 Photos © Ma Zhendan

Photos © Ma Zhendan

Sino-Swiss Zhenjiang Ecological Industrial Park, the Chinese education and technology company Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL) and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences represented by its Head of Competence Center Asia Business School of Management and Law signed a cooperation agreement at the event. ZHAW will contribute to the content development by providing online vocational learning programs.

 Photos © Ma Zhendan

Photos © Ma Zhendan

Swiss Startups Shine at Sino-EU Innovation Week of Health-Technology in Nanjing

By Victor Dietrich, Junior Project Manager

On November 2, 2018, the Sino-EU Innovation Week of Health Technology wrapped up to great fanfare in the beautiful Nanjing, with innovators from Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and China. The attendees gave praise to the host's investment and life science community, facilitating Sino-EU collaboration in health technology innovation.

swissnex had the privilege of attending this high-level event during its closing days in Nanjing, in particular the inauguration of award and opening of ICCAMT-Nanjing, and had the opportunity to network with interesting companies in the field of biotechnology, health technology and medical technology.

You will find below detailed information on companies that were representing Switzerland at this event, as well as a summary of their products / services and the remarkable results they acquired.


Biognosys AG, a company that had collaborated previously with “our cousins” from swissnex Boston, was represented by Oliver Rinner and Lidia Novak. They won one of the 2nd Health Technology Innovation Award.

Biognosys was founded in 2008 and is a privately held company in Zurich, Switzerland. Originally an ETH Zurich spin-off from the lab of Prof. Ruedi Aebersold, Biognosys is a pioneer in the field of proteomics and caters to the Pharma, Biotech, Diagnostics and Agricultural industries.

Biognosys believes that the decoding of the proteome will impact life science more than the genome revolution a decade ago. They provide innovative services and products for protein quantification using cutting edge technology and strive to be the company that provides the best possible solutions to support researchers in their protein analysis needs.

Their next generation technology quantifies proteins with unbeatable precision and depth. The solution is based on mass spectrometry based targeted proteomics technology, which provides simultaneous quantification for thousands of proteins in a single experiment.

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Dualsystems Biotech AG, represented by its CEO, Dr. Paul Helbling, won one of the 3rd Health Technology Innovation Award. Dualsystems Biotech does target identification on living cells using the LRC-TriCEPS platforms as their core technologies. They are a specialized proteomics service provider working already with 15 of the 20 largest pharma companies and with a large number of Biotech companies worldwide. They also support discovery reach by collaborating with Universities around the globe.

Dualsystems Biotech have the only technology published so far to identify the unknown receptors of ligands (small molecules, peptides, proteins, antibodies, ADC, biologics, Fc-fusion proteins, and viruses) on the living cells to elucidate the Mode-of-Action of a molecule by target deconvolution. With their TriCEPS platforms they have a tool to optimize, identify and validate the targets. 

Further, they can identify new cell-cell interactions similar to PD-1/PDL-1 to identify new drug targets i.e. on primary human T-cells using the extracellular domain of any receptor fused to an Fc-tag to identify new drug targets. At the same time a large portion of the surfaceome (proteins expressed in/at the cell membrane) are identified. 

The technology has been shown to be able to detect where the peptide/protein/virus and small molecule docks on the living cell. 

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MagCath ApS, represented by its CEO Niels Erikstrup, proposes an alternative option for women that are thinking about undergoing mesh surgery due to stress urinary incontinence. Surgery has risks and may not work at all. That is why MagCath ApS have developed and clinically tested a unique medical device called Obtinu.

Obtinu is a single-use, very soft, silicone tube, that the user herself inserts in the urethra each morning. The tube stays in place all day, and has an inner valve, which restores control over bladder voiding. The tube is pulled out and discarded in the evening, before going to bed. Obtinu has a high user approval as it is both comfortable and easy to use.


swissnex also had the chance to connect with Serge Perriard, Managing Director of BioTalk GmbH. Over a period of 12 years, BioTalk has also published the special interest journals BioWorld and BioWorld Europe. Since over 3 years together with their partners in Switzerland, Finland, Italy, USA, and Israel, they are focusing on building bridges between Swiss & European SMEs on the one side and Chinese partners & investors in their sector on the other side, and have organized and initiated many events, roadshows, and cross-border partnerships.

Among others, BioTalk has enabled excellent cooperation between the Swiss Technopark Alliance and their closest Partner company in China, Beijing YiGu Venture Capital Management & Consulting Co. Ltd. This leading healthcare technology developer in China is setting up and managing healthcare initiatives, incubators, and industry parks. Moreover, BioTalk maintains partnerships with many other industry & innovation park, event & media, and VC&PE investment fund managers, as well as with international relations managers from large pharma & medtech companies and with government officers, responsible for economic industry zone development in Hong Kong, Foshan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, and Beijing.  

swissnex would like to congratulate all the companies for their interesting presentations, great results, and engagement. A huge bravo to Karin Schütze, Managing Director of CellTool for winning the 1st Health Technology Innovation Award. A special thanks to Dr. Hui Wu and Matthias Hölling for the invitation and to iCCAMT, Beijing, TechnoPark, Germany Medical Valley, Steinbeis Stiftung and Business Sweden for the organization of this event.

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A resounding success for the 5th edition of Venture Leaders China: Swiss Deep Tech leaves a lasting impression on China

By Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

For the past few years, China has seen its economy grow at a fast-paced rhythm with a keen interest towards innovation, making it an ideal location for high-tech startups to stress-test ground-breaking technologies while seeking international expansion. Moreover, it goes without saying that China also opens doors to other Asian markets. Nevertheless, foreign companies doing business here are faced with a set of challenges both cultural and operational, tangible and intangible. These challenges are amplified if these foreign companies are small and have only limited financial resources and manpower.

In light of the above, the Venture Leaders China program was launched to offer a platform for a selection of 10 disruptive startups from Switzerland to connect with China over a 10-day roadshow across 5 cities: Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin. The trip included business workshops, investor meetings and public events. A few weeks ago, the 5th consecutive edition of Venture Leaders China 2018 ended after 10 days full of learning, memorable experiences, and, most importantly, valuable contacts from various industry professionals of the local startup ecosystem and multi-million and -billion-dollar investors.

All in all, as we look back at this 5th edition of Venture Leaders China, we can be more confident than ever that this program is an ongoing success story. All the startups showed high levels of satisfaction regarding the trip, with some of them already having secured investments, signed agreements and booked flights to come back in the next few weeks for follow-up meetings with potential investors and clients that were met during the trip. Moreover, the feedback from the audience of the various pitching events was nearly unanimous: the quality of the startups was one of the highest they have ever seen, and the pitching events were among the best they have attended. The valuable agreements signed here as well as these laudatory words provide evermore justification for the program and remind us of the high potential of Swiss startups, but also of the importance to support them. Today’s big firms were yesterday’s disruptive startups and the Venture Leaders platform provides the perfect gateway for startups to accelerate their growth, which eventually will lead to positive spillovers back in Switzerland, in terms of both employment and an increase of the quality of the already excellent Swiss innovation ecosystem.

More information below including testimonials and details of the individual events. 

This year, the delegation was composed of Jordi Montserrat and Beat Schillig of Venturelab, Mathias Paquier of Canton de Vaud, Michael Friedrich of DistalMotion, Reto Naef of Topadur Pharma, Aurélien Rizk of InterAx Biotech, Marco Salerno of Foldaway Haptics, Raj Lehal of Cellestia Biotech, Noris Gallandat of GRZ Technologies, Zhenzhong Su and Lukas Meier of Fixposition, Carlos Ciller of RetinAI, Matthew G. Hall of SimplicityBio, and Nilson Kufus of Nomoko.


Hong Kong

The program started in Hong Kong with a morning at Invest HK, the local investment promotion bureau, with insights from Charles Ng and Jayne Chan into the attractivity of Hong Kong as a place to do business, as well as Karena Belin of WHub discussing the local startup ecosystem, while Peggy Cheung of Jones Day offered a presentation about IP and Licensing.

 Kick off of the Venture Leaders program at Invest HK, in Hong Kong

Kick off of the Venture Leaders program at Invest HK, in Hong Kong

The afternoon session consisted of more business insights at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park with a first presentation by Julia Fung introducing the HKSTP and how they promote innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. The afternoon continued with insights from Luciano Tattoni of Compagnie d'Investissements et de Gestion Privée into the services his company provides for startups in Hong Kong. Finally, a panel discussion took place discussing "Business Development in China and the rest of Asia from Hong Kong" and "Fundraising in Hong Kong and China", organized by Helen Lo of the IMD Business School Alumni Club Hong Kong.

 Afternoon presentations at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

Afternoon presentations at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

The program was off to a great start. After all the valuable inputs of the morning and afternoon sessions, the Venture Leaders took the stage for the first time during this trip as they pitched at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. After a welcome speech by Andreas Rufer of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, Regina Lai of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and Jordi Montserrat of Venturelab, the startups launched the show, with a high-quality audience of over 100 people.

 Pitching in Hong Kong in front of an audience of over 100 people

Pitching in Hong Kong in front of an audience of over 100 people

“Hong Kong was really great, we had some very interactive sessions with potential investors and managed to make many good contacts, which I’m looking forward to building upon to bring Cellestia to China.” -Raj Lehal, Cellestia Biotech

“Hong Kong was great as it provided us with an opportunity to interact with 100-150 people, in an incredible city. This was a great discovery and an eye-opener in terms of what we can do in Asia in general.” -Matthew Hall, SimplicityBio




Shenzhen

After a busy first day in Hong Kong, the Venture Leaders headed to a neighboring city famous for its culture of innovation and often referred to as the Silicon Valley of Hardware: Shenzhen. The day began with a company visit at VisionerTech, an AR/VR company specializing in hardware and software. The visit provided a first time look for many of the participants into the daily operations of a Chinese company.

 VisionerTech Company Visit in Shenzhen

VisionerTech Company Visit in Shenzhen

In the afternoon, the Venture Leaders headed to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange for their first pitch in mainland China. After some introductory words by Shenzhen Stock Exchange representatives, Felix Moesner of swissnex China, the Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, KPMG China, as well as Lutz Berners of Berners Consulting, the Venture Leaders took the stage and began their presentations. The audience consisted of many eager investors who never missed an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each pitch, a true testament to the quality of Shenzhen as a business and innovation hub in China.

 The high-level audience at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Pitch

The high-level audience at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Pitch

“The pitch at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange allowed us to engage with many investors from the Shenzhen region, which is booming at the moment. I believe there will be many potential collaboration opportunities very soon.” -Carlos Ciller, RetinAI Medical

“I was very impressed by Shenzhen. After the pitching, I met so many people, experts, and investors from the field, but mainly also people from pharma, who are potential partners for us to develop our drug in China.” -Reto Naef, Topadur Pharma


Shanghai day 1

After an exciting day in Shenzhen, the Venture Leaders headed to Shanghai for an evening pitch on the Bund, at the SOHO co-working space. After some introductory words by Felix Moesner of swissnex China, as well as Cun Jie Li, CEO of Money Weekly Culture Development, the startups started their usual business, but this time with a twist: live software generated translations, courtesy of iFlytek, a world leader in AI language solutions. Moreover, the evening had a competitive component, as a very Swiss voting round took place at the end, where the attendees had the chance to vote for their favorite startup of the night. With 35 votes, Michael Friedrich of DistalMotion walked away with the win. All this was followed by networking and more interactions between the startups and the attendees. The audience was very interactive and proved once again that Shanghai is very business-minded. 

 Pitching in Shanghai

Pitching in Shanghai

“The pitch in Shanghai allowed us to have a close proximity and contact with the participants which led to many questions and interesting discussions afterwards.” -Aurélien Rizk, Interax Biotech

“When we pitched the technology in Shanghai, we had people from both the startup side and the industry side give us precious contacts and advice about applying this technology in products in the Chinese market.” -Marco Salerno, Foldaway Haptics

Shanghai day 2

The 2nd day in Shanghai was a day full of learning, with an insightful coaching session in the high-rise conference room of Rouse. The morning consisted of lectures about “IP & Trademark in China” (Melvin Mei and Yvette Feng of Lusheng Law Firm), “Business Deals & Transactions in China” (Chris Bailey of Rouse), “Fundraising in China” (Zhebo Ding of Richland Capital), and “JV Implementation in China” (Ginger Yang of Financeren and Frances Yao of Brainforce China)

 Coaching Session in Shanghai

Coaching Session in Shanghai

With 6/10 of the Venture Leaders being healthcare startups, a special session dedicated to this field was held in the afternoon. Ronghui Gao of G-Med Consulting gave an “Overview of the Life Science Industry in China”, Haohao Zhang of Cenova discussed “Cross-Border Investment in Healthcare”, and finally Xia Meng of Cellular Biomedicine Group presented a “Successful Sino-French Equity Joint Venture Story” in Biopharma.

The coaching session provided the Venture Leaders with a unique chance to sit down with all of these industry experts and to have 1-on-1 discussions about issues specific to their business.

Beijing

Following the two busy days in Shanghai, the Venture Leaders were in the Chinese Capital of Beijing to spend the day at the Zhongguancun Dong Sheng Science Park (DSSP). The morning saw the Venture Leaders pitching as part of the European Division Semi-Final of the 6th "Dongsheng Cup", an international entrepreneurship competition. After some opening words by Hbous Hassan of the DSSP, the inauguration of a cooperation agreement between Venturelab and the DSSP, and the 10 pitches, Reto Naef of Topadur won the "competition", giving him the opportunity to come back for the final in December. The pitching session was followed by a visit of the park for one part of the group, and afternoon 1-on-1 sessions with investors for the other part. This session at the DSSP was an excellent illustration of a fruitful win-win cooperation between Venturelab and the DSSP, providing both parties with tangible added value for their stakeholders.

 Dongsheng Cup in Beijing

Dongsheng Cup in Beijing

Later, the Venture Leaders concluded a busy day with a final pitch in the evening at the Embassy of Switzerland, after some introductory words by Nektarios Palaskas and Swiss Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel.

 His Excellency Swiss Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel’s opening words during the pitch at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing

His Excellency Swiss Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel’s opening words during the pitch at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing

 Pitching at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing

Pitching at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing

“The evening at the Embassy in Beijing allowed us to develop a very high-level network. In fact, I was personally able to meet people from Switzerland here in Beijing who I have been trying to target for a meeting in Switzerland unsuccessfully for over a year, which was great!”-Noris Gallandat, GRZ Technologies

“The event at the Embassy was very helpful for us all. The ambassador understands the Chinese market as well as Swiss innovation, giving him the perfect credibility as a speaker to convince both Swiss entrepreneurs to come to China and Chinese investors to invest. I met both potential buyers as well as investors who focus specifically on our business.” -Zhenzhong Su, Fixposition



Tianjin

For the last three days of the program, the Venture Leaders headed to Tianjin, where the Summer WEF was taking place, with distinguished attendees such as Li Keqiang and Jack Ma. This provided the entrepreneurs with the rare chance to rub shoulders with world leaders and business decision makers and expand their network, as well as take part in various workshops and presentations. The final night of the WEF was marked by the Swiss Incubator event, a platform dedicated to Swiss high-tech startups which was initiated by the Embassy of Switzerland in China. The startups pitched for the last time of the program, and Noris Gallandat walked away with the prize of best pitch.

 Swiss Incubator at the WEF in Tianjin

Swiss Incubator at the WEF in Tianjin

 The last pitches of the program, in Tianjin

The last pitches of the program, in Tianjin

 The last pitches of the program, in Tianjin

The last pitches of the program, in Tianjin

“The Swiss Incubator event in Tianjin was very fruitful for me as I was able to talk to potential investors that are Chinese, but also to Swiss people who have already made inroads into the Chinese market and are in turn willing and open to helping us penetrate China.” -Michael Friedrich, Distalmotion

“The WEF brings a very diverse and well-educated group of people together in a very open setting which makes networking extremely easy. I made a lot of great connexions here.” -Nilson Kufus, Nomoko

Many thanks to all the program partners and local partners for supporting us in the organization of this program:
 

Program Partners

        ·        digitalswitzerland

        ·        EPFL

        ·        ETH Zurich

        ·        Gebert Ruef Stiftung

        ·        Vaud

        ·        Canton of Zurich

        ·        Immomig

        ·        Dongsheng Science Park

Local Partners

        ·        Embassy of Switzerland in the People's Republic of China

        ·        Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong

        ·        Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou

        ·        Swiss Centers China

        ·        Shenzhen Stock Exchange

        ·        Shenzhen Securities Information Co

        ·        Rouse Consulting

        ·        Money Weekly Culture Development

        ·        Invest HK

        ·        WHub

        ·        Jones Day Law Firm

        ·        Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

        ·        Compagnie d'Investissements et de Gestion Privée

        ·        IMD Alumni Club Hong Kong

        ·        Hong Kong Trade Development Council

        ·        VisionerTech

        ·        Berners Consulting

        ·        WTOIP

        ·        Invest Shenzhen

        ·        KPMG China

        ·        Lusheng Law Firm

        ·        Richland Capital

        ·        Financeren

        ·        Brainforce China

        ·        G-Med Consulting

        ·        Cenova

        ·        Cellular Biomedicine Group

 

 

The 4th Edition of Future of Money, a successful luncheon event

By Priska Furrer, Junior Project Manager

On October 25, swissnex China in collaboration with SwissCham Shanghai and the UZH Alumni Chapter Shanghai, held the fourth edition of the Future of Money Series: ‘Blockchain Bites – Be part of the “Future of Money” Series’ as a luncheon event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai. With an audience of 80 people, the key highlight of the event was an expert interview of Dr. Wei (Chris) Cheng, Co-Founder of ChainFunder (Blockchain VC), by Quentin Reyes, Blockchain Junior Project Manager at swissnex China, which focused on latest Blockchain trends in Switzerland and China.

The event was kicked off by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, and Gianna Abegg, Board Member of SwissCham Shanghai and Co-Chair of the UZH Alumni Chapter Shanghai.

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While the guest were enjoying their desserts and post-meal coffee, Quentin Reyes, Junior Project Manager Blockchain at swissnex China, gave a broad overview on the Swiss Fintech/Blockchain ecosystem.

The presentation was followed by an expert interview with Dr. Wei (Chris) Cheng of ChainFunder about blockchain trends in China moderated by Quentin Reyes. During the interview it was also possible for the audience to ask questions – an opportunity the guests appreciated; many questions were asked.

 From left to right: Makiko Aikawa, Gianna Abegg, Quentin Reyes, Dr. Wei (Chris) Cheng and Dr. Felix Moesner.

From left to right: Makiko Aikawa, Gianna Abegg, Quentin Reyes, Dr. Wei (Chris) Cheng and Dr. Felix Moesner.

Triple Parade Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition Opens in Shanghai

Contributed by Cissy SUN, Project Leader for Interdisciplinary & Special Projects

Under the theme “Three Times: Past, Present and Future”, the 4th Triple Parade Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition opened on 19 October at HOW Art Museum in Shanghai.  Featuring in Asia for the first time, the exhibition presented a selection of 500 pieces of artworks by nearly 300 artists from 34 countries and regions, which included designs selected by open call, international galleries and curators. In addition, a special section featuring crossover designs from contemporary visual artists was presented, which created inspiring dialogues between fashion, art, design and innovation.  

 Opening speech by Prof. LOU Yongqi, Dean of Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University (Photo by Haley LU)

Opening speech by Prof. LOU Yongqi, Dean of Design and Innovation Collage, Tongji University (Photo by Haley LU)

The project was presented jointly by Design and Innovation Collage of Tongji University and HOW Art Museum, which consists of exhibition, symposium, lectures and workshops. The exhibition will last till 6 January 2019 and the public programs will be held during the exhibition period at both Tongji University and HOW Art Museum.

More:

http://tripleparade.org/tp2018/

http://www.howartmuseum.org/article/index/id/425

Official Pictures of the Exhibits

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swissnex China visits the World's Largest Unmanned Container Terminal with S&TDC

On October 18, swissnex China joined its peers from the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle on an insightful visit to the Yangshan Phase IV Automated Terminal, the largest automated container terminal worldwide. Compared to traditional container terminals, the automated terminal requires 70% less staff to operate, and is 30% more efficient at full capacity.

 Yangshan Phase IV Automated Terminal is the largest container terminal worldwide.

Yangshan Phase IV Automated Terminal is the largest container terminal worldwide.

The terminal was constructed in December 2014, and opened for trial operations in December, covering a total land area of 2.23 million m2, with a quay length of 2350 meters and 7 deep water berths. It is located on the west side of the Yangshan Deep Water Port - one of the busiest ports in the world. The port is built on the islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan and is connected to the mainland through the world’s largest sea bridge – Donghai Bridge.

 Compared to traditional container terminals, the automated terminal requires 70% less staff to operate, and is 30% more efficient at full capacity.

Compared to traditional container terminals, the automated terminal requires 70% less staff to operate, and is 30% more efficient at full capacity.

 The quay cranes use a double-trolley structure, with the main trolley in remote control and the portal trolley in full automation.

The quay cranes use a double-trolley structure, with the main trolley in remote control and the portal trolley in full automation.

Yangshan Phase IV Automated Terminal relies on three key advanced automated equipment for its operations: the Quay Crane (QC), the 16 Automatic Stacking Crane (ASC) and the 80 Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). The quay cranes use a double-trolley structure, with the main trolley in remote control and the portal trolley in full automation. The ASCs are fully-automated, with the standard, single-sided and both-side cantilever ASCs working in collaboration to improve efficiency. The AGVs, equipped with hydraulic lifting platforms and 8-hour lithium batteries, are guided by transponders and work with a fully-automated battery exchange system to ensure 24-hour operations.

The terminal  runs mostly on renewable energy, drawing much of its power from an immense wind park nearby. The handling and transportation systems run fully on electric power.

 We were delighted to have joined our peers from the S&T Diplomatic Circle on the insightful visit.

We were delighted to have joined our peers from the S&T Diplomatic Circle on the insightful visit.

We were delighted to have participated in the visit with our peers from the S&T Diplomatic Circle, and would like to express our special thanks to Mario Quina (Consulate General of Portugal) for his great work in coordinating this visit.

Field Re-mediations: Carbon

Contributed by Karolina Sobecka and Jamie Allen, Swiss-based artists-researchers behind the Field Remediations: Carbon project

  Image: Carbon Collextion at CAC

Image: Carbon Collextion at CAC

Field Remediations: Carbon explores human and technological interactions with the carbon cycle, sampling the spectrum of material practices, opportunities and challenges associated with development of remission and Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs). The goal is to align the science-fiction of carbon capture with the science-fact of its current research and implementations. The fieldwork conducted in Switzerland, Canada and in Shanghai also populated the CARBON Collection of the Field Remediations Library, which was installed for the Machines are not alone exhibition at Chronus Art Center.

The project was enabled by generous strategic support from swissnex. Our enormous thanks go to Felix and Rahel for providing us in the last minute with a means of transport for our group and a fantastic driver who expertly delivered us to every fieldwork location (a task not to be taken for granted in Shanghai). The project couldn’t have happened without it, plus we got to meet the wonderful swissnex team.

One of the highlights of our field visits in Shanghai was a visit to Professor Zhu Xinguang’s lab, and the Plant Systems Biology Group at the Chinese Science Academy, where we learned about their efforts to engineer more ‘efficient’ rice. These and related bioengineering initiatives are designed to significantly increase agricultural crop yields, making them into ‘better’ carbon sinks. Dr. Xinguang is involved in a number of international collaborative research projects, in the works for years, that are showing promising, ifn tendentious, results. If we were to similarly engineer all industrial and large scale crops, they could create a global drawdown of carbon that would sequester much more atmospheric CO2 than currently, transforming the climate and its changes.

While in Shanghai our team also visited Shanghai Baosteel, one of the largest steel enterprises in the world, which is working to lower its CO2 emissions. Because of the chemical processes at the heart of steelmaking, the plant cannot completely cut its emissions, so it faces a dilemma that we all face on a planetary scale. In order for the plant to be ‘carbon neutral’, and in order for global CO2 emissions to reach net zero negative emission technologies are a necessity.

One less controversial negative emission technology is a technique developed by a Swiss startup Climeworks, which we visited before our trip to China. The technique they use is known as Direct Air Capture (DAC), which is the extraction of CO2 from ambient air. Carbon dioxide in the air is very dilute (there are only around 400 molecules of CO2 in a million molecules of air), so extracting it was thought too costly to make these kinds of DAC techniques realistic. Today, several demonstration plants are in operation, and Climeworks is expecting to commercialize the technology, aiming to capture 1% of global carbon emissions by 2025.

We visited a coal-fired power plant with one of the first Carbon Capture demonstration plants. We learned about the carbon markets from the designers of Chinese carbon market standards, and from ‘carbon accountants’ who are working to develop emissions inventories. At the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Center at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University we learned about the recently opened Low Carbon College, which centers its education on low-carbon industry on three directions, low carbon engineering, carbon policy and carbon finance. This interdisciplinary approach follows from understanding of the technology as a complex sociotechnical system, which is exciting to see and learn from this experiment in structuring truly interdisciplinary, problem-led, technical education.

Our next phases include organizing, activating and expanding all the fascinating material collected, relationships developed and paths forged for new ways of thinking about the carbon cycle, with Chinese partners, and in China.

  Image: Professor Zhu gave us a tour of his lab and discussed the benefits of engineering C4 into rice. One way he sees his work is as a kind of deep-time realignment of the of plants with the environment. Most earthly plants evolved when atmospheric conditions were very different, and we can now design a more optimal photosynthesis machine for today’s environment. The demand for crop productivity is projected against continuous population growth and changes in diet. “We need 50% more productivity,” he says. This is a promise that has purchase with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other funding agencies. The project is a multinational collaboration developed spanning the last 10 years and funded by both private and state funds.

Image: Professor Zhu gave us a tour of his lab and discussed the benefits of engineering C4 into rice. One way he sees his work is as a kind of deep-time realignment of the of plants with the environment. Most earthly plants evolved when atmospheric conditions were very different, and we can now design a more optimal photosynthesis machine for today’s environment. The demand for crop productivity is projected against continuous population growth and changes in diet. “We need 50% more productivity,” he says. This is a promise that has purchase with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other funding agencies. The project is a multinational collaboration developed spanning the last 10 years and funded by both private and state funds.

  Image: The lab is trying to genetically engineer a C4 metabolic pathway into C3 plants, beginning with rice as a pilot plant species.

Image: The lab is trying to genetically engineer a C4 metabolic pathway into C3 plants, beginning with rice as a pilot plant species.

  Image: On the lab’s farm outside Shanghai, the different tests can be scaled up to field experiments.

Image: On the lab’s farm outside Shanghai, the different tests can be scaled up to field experiments.

  Image: Climeworks collectors in Switzerland, atop Hinwil waste recovery plant in Zurich.

Image: Climeworks collectors in Switzerland, atop Hinwil waste recovery plant in Zurich.

  Image: Lab setup at SJTU, Jiao Tong University, demonstrating three different mechanics of isolating CO2 form emission stream. The valve is our collection was part of this complicated setup that the PhD students were putting together.

Image: Lab setup at SJTU, Jiao Tong University, demonstrating three different mechanics of isolating CO2 form emission stream. The valve is our collection was part of this complicated setup that the PhD students were putting together.

  Image: Dr Zhang Yongjie of Boasteel’s research division, describing a heat recovery prototype, one of the 7 approaches in which the plant can reduce its energy use. With its Paris Agreement commitment to lowering emissions, China started putting in place policies that put pressure on the industry to make improvements in efficiency. Baosteel’s average total CO2 emissions are 35.83 million ton/year. Its current mandate is to reduce emissions to 90% of this number by 2020.

Image: Dr Zhang Yongjie of Boasteel’s research division, describing a heat recovery prototype, one of the 7 approaches in which the plant can reduce its energy use. With its Paris Agreement commitment to lowering emissions, China started putting in place policies that put pressure on the industry to make improvements in efficiency. Baosteel’s average total CO2 emissions are 35.83 million ton/year. Its current mandate is to reduce emissions to 90% of this number by 2020.

  Image: The entrance to the Baosteel power plant, north of Shanghai.

Image: The entrance to the Baosteel power plant, north of Shanghai.

  Image: The CO2 captured at the Baosteel site is ‘food grade’ quality, which means over 99% pure CO2. It is reused in the beverage industry - pumped into soda drinks that are bottled in Shanghai and sold all over Asia.

Image: The CO2 captured at the Baosteel site is ‘food grade’ quality, which means over 99% pure CO2. It is reused in the beverage industry - pumped into soda drinks that are bottled in Shanghai and sold all over Asia.

World Premiere of Birdly®'s Flying Through Dinosaurs

By Haley Jiamin LU, Junior Project Manager PR & Events and Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager Innovation & Entrepreneurship

To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything.
— Otto Lilienthal

Whether it be in ancient Greek mythology or recent super hero movies, flying always seems to have been an obsession for humans. While we may have achieved the dream of flying with airplanes, some would point out that we are disconnected from the real experience of flight, as we are operating a machine, instead of truly flying ourselves and flapping our own wings. With recent developments in VR, Max Rheiner, a professor at the ZHAW in Zurich, sought out to create an immersive flying machine to truly provide humans with the emotions and sensations of flying like a bird. And Birdly was born.

On August 30, swissnex China co-organized a lecture under the topic of ‘Interfacing with Extended Realities’ in Shanghai as well as the world premiere of the experience ‘Jurassic Flight’. LIU Zhejun, Professor of Tongji University, Max Rheiner, CEO of Somniacs, LU Min, COO of VR Times, and Salar Shahna, CEO of World VR Forum, provided valuable insights.  For instance, Max told the story of how Birdly came about and discussed other past and future projects with the audience.

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The public can try the flying experience at the exhibition venue. For more information regarding tickets, please check onsite.

Opening time & address: 10am-10pm, 31st August – 2nd September 2018, S107, 1F, HKRI Taikoo Hui, 789 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai.

 

“Connect, Grow, Achieve”: Young Swiss Thriving in China

By Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager Innovation & Entrepreneurship


“Connect, Grow, Achieve”: These were the keywords of the evening of Thursday August 9, 2018, as the Young Swiss in China came together for a special evening with presentations examining various China-related topics from four speakers, including Iwan Wuelser, CEO of LeapRight Consulting, Didier Quarroz, founder of Shateso, Jessica Li, CEO Assistant of SIGG Outdoors, and Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager at swissnex China.

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The evening was marked by an especially large audience, as ICL is organizing its annual program whereby young Swiss people get the opportunity to spend a summer in China in various professional functions. In addition to the presence of almost 30 of these beneficiaries of ICL’s support, there was also a special delegation of four high school students from the Canton of Neuchatel, which sponsors a China Discovery Program every year.

With fresh insights into topics such as cultural adaptation in Shanghai from a Swiss perspective, launching a startup in China, as well as a reinventing a classic Swiss brand, the night was enriching and provided a great platform for networking among this unusually large crowd of young Swiss people. It was with pleasure that swissnex China contributed to the night through both the presence of several of its representatives as well as through a presentation about the Innovation Landscape in China.


A warm thank you to Fabien Abbet, Pascaline Salvi, and Noémie Nussbaum for the organization of this great evening.

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UBS Seminar @ Swiss Innovation Week

On July 4, swissnex China CEO Dr. Felix Moesner was invited to deliver the first keynote speech at the UBS Seminar at Swiss Innovation Week. He addressed the latest trends and developments in Swiss Innovation, highlighting Swiss Excellence in education, research and innovation, while setting the tone for the exchange of Sino-Swiss perspectives.

Ms. Zhang Qiong, Head of Wealth Management at UBS China Limited, and His Excellency Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Swiss Ambassador to China, delivered the Welcome and Opening Remarks for the exclusive event at the Embassy of Switzerland in China. Mr. Constantin Overlack, Founder of Aeris Cleantec AG, Mr. Marco Jaggi, CEO of Generis (Beijing) International Business Consulting Co., Ltd., and Dr. Yifan Hu, Managing Director of UBS AG, also shared their own respective special insights.

swissnex China Briefs IFZ Delegation on Chinese FinTech

On August 3, a delegation from Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug (IFZ), organized by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, together with the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), visited Shanghai on a study tour to explore and assess the prospect of further inclusion of Chinese banking and finance markets in the global markets. Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China and Science Consul, warmly welcomed the delegation and briefed the delegates on swissnex China’s FinTech activities and beyond.

 Dr. Felix Moesner warmly welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the prospects of FinTech in China.

Dr. Felix Moesner warmly welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the prospects of FinTech in China.

The 27 participants were headed by Prof. Maurice Richard H. Pedergnana, and are currently enrolled in a post-graduate program in Banking & Finance. The group of Swiss Bankers and Investors including Prof. Thomas Ankenbrand (who participated as panelist at swissnex China's 3rd edition of Future of Money: Blockchain in Finance in July 2018) were inspired by the tremendous importance of China in the world economy. The tour concluded with a relaxing networking session on the venue's rooftop bar.

 

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The group was guided by Emmanuelle and Noémie from Swiss Centers China. Our heartfelt appreciation for the great collaboration!

Birdly® - The Ultimate Dream of Flying

By Sébastien Quadri, Junior Project Leader

Have you ever dreamed of flying?

The Birdly® virtual reality simulator was a centerpiece throughout the Swiss Innovation Week. Described as one of the best VR experience in the world, Birdly® generates a lively full-body experience in which mechanics and computer codes hidden behind this spectacular apparatus quickly disappear.

 State Secretary of Switzerland Dr. Mauro Dell' Ambrogio trying out the Birdly® VR flight simulator.

State Secretary of Switzerland Dr. Mauro Dell' Ambrogio trying out the Birdly® VR flight simulator.

During the week, more than 300 lucky and enthusiastic guests had the opportunity to experience the freedom of a bird and travel above the clouds with this immersive and interactive innovation!

Funny fact (or not so funny for the late-arrivals): On Friday, the queuing time was approximately 8 hours, as the VIP crowd was rushing towards this central attraction. The room was filled with joy, good vibes, and with some random loudly “Ahhhh” or “Whaoooo” coming from the surprised first-time-bird-riders.   

 At one point the queue for Birdly® was approx. 8 hours, so popular was the attraction.

At one point the queue for Birdly® was approx. 8 hours, so popular was the attraction.

A big “Thank you” to SOMNIACS and in particular Mr. Samuel Keller, mechanical engineer at Somniacs, who came all the way to Beijing for this incredible experience. SOMNIACS is a Swiss startup which founded the Birdly® project at the world-renowned Zurich Art School ZHdK.

Birdly®, we look forward to seeing you soon again in Shanghai (To be announced, August 2018…)!

 From left to right: Ms. Haley Jiamin Lu (swissnex), Ms. Priska Furrer (swissnex), Ms. Lijun Zhang, Dr. Béatrice Ferrari (SERI), Dr. Mauro Dell' Ambrogio (State Secretary of Switzerland), Dr. Felix Moesner (CEO swissnex), Mr. Sébastien Quadri (swissnex)

From left to right: Ms. Haley Jiamin Lu (swissnex), Ms. Priska Furrer (swissnex), Ms. Lijun Zhang, Dr. Béatrice Ferrari (SERI), Dr. Mauro Dell' Ambrogio (State Secretary of Switzerland), Dr. Felix Moesner (CEO swissnex), Mr. Sébastien Quadri (swissnex)

 

Testimonials

Incredible, unique, I never had something like this!
— State Secretary of Switzerland Dr. Mauro Dell' Ambrogio
It’s very [impressive]! Even it’s my third time flying, I feel it’s very new and inspiring. It gives me an incredible experience to be able to fly. It’s definitely worth for everyone to try!
— Ms. Lijun Zhang, Project Leader Innovation and Entrepreneurship at swissnex China
The first time you tilt over, it feels like falling, as soon as you got the hang of it you feel like actualy flying. Gliding between some skyscrapers or flying high above them, it doesn t matter what you do, the immersive experience is immense and all fun, until you bump into the first obstacle and you re realise, it is just a simulation.
— Franz Buehlmann

Blockchain in FinTech: another Grand Success in the Future of Money series

By Sébastien Quadri, Junior Project Leader

swissnex China was proud to organize the third edition of the Future of Money series, “Blockchain in FinTech” at the Embassy of Switzerland, as part of the Swiss Innovation Week on July 6.

Blockchain, such a hot topic nowadays! This disruptive technology is often compared to the Internet revolution and trigger interests among both professionals and curious people. With a wealth of experts and the proliferation of blockchain startups across the FinTech space, Switzerland has quickly become a major blockchain hub of the world. A very supportive government, a dynamic environment and high motivation are important drivers of Swiss innovation. On the other hand, China’s investments in this technology are unmatched by any others. In 2017, more than half of the Blockchain patents in the world were published by Chinese organizations.

Under such circumstances, 250+ guests including executives, VCs & policymakers were welcomed by his Excellency Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Swiss Ambassador in China and our CEO Dr. Felix Moesner to attend the panel discussion.

  His Excellency Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel welcoming the audience.

His Excellency Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel welcoming the audience.

 A fascinated audience: the venue was fully packed with 250+ people.

A fascinated audience: the venue was fully packed with 250+ people.

With a very impressive panel consisting of Mr. Liwei Wang, senior reporter at Caixin media, Prof. Elaine Shi, the very first Scientist to talk about and teach smart contract, Prof. Dr. Ben Shenglin, Founder and Dean of the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University, Mr. Daniel Haudenschild, CEO of Swisscom Blockchain and Dr. Thomas Ankenbrand, Researcher and Lecturer at the Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts and expert on the Swiss FinTech landscape, the bar was set very high.

 The panelists discussed topics revolving the application of blockchain technology in Switzerland and in China.

The panelists discussed topics revolving the application of blockchain technology in Switzerland and in China.

The talk addressed diverse trendy subjects such as the applications of blockchain technology and endeavors in Switzerland and in China, the supportiveness of their governments and policies, the technical capabilities and challenges of the blockchain technology at this stage and moving forward as well as its tricky relationship to Cryptocurrency in the blockchain's development. Both the promise and pitfall from a longer-term perspective were mentioned and the panelists were delighted to shared their opinions.

Blockchain or, more precisely, Distributed Ledger Technology offers new opportunities on three levels. First, on the technology or database level, secure, immutable applications without a central operator are made possible. Second, cryptocurrencies offer an efficient crowdfunding possibility for innovative projects. Third, token economies can be built for disruptive new business models. The current situation in the blockchain space reveals parallels to the internet space twenty years ago: There are great opportunities but also high risks.
— Dr. Thomas Ankenbrand
 Many participants were eager to ask questions to the panelists both during and after the event.

Many participants were eager to ask questions to the panelists both during and after the event.

In the end, expectation were more than fulfilled and the only challenge consisted of the constant flow of astute questions from the audience, who were waited for the Grand Reception Opening.

In three words: A Grand Success!

 

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It was a successful event held last Friday. We are very glad that both Dean Shenglin and myself are involved.
— Ruidong Zhang, Director of the Blockchain Labs at Academy of Internet Finance, Zhejiang University
High quality discussion and diverse audience.
— Mr. Lars Hoffmann,  Community Standing Committee of Elastos Foundation
Great event with insights from China and Switzerland on blockchain tech advances and outlook into the immediate future.
— Mr. Fabian Knopf, Commercial manager of TMF Group

 

Thanks to our partners and sponsors

This third edition of the Future of Money series would not have been possible without the generous contribution of our sponsors. A big thanks to:

·      ThunderCore™ is an EVM-compatible public blockchain developed by leading experts, characterized by:

o   Compatibility: Ethereum smart contracts fully supported. Migrate DApps to ThunderCore and immediately increase their performance.

o   Scalability: Process thousands of transactions in a second—nothing is left pending.

o   Fastness: Get your transactions confirmed instantly in less than a second.

o   Security: Enjoy mathematically grounded security guarantees. We are as secure as existing blockchains but with vastly improved speed and efficiency.

https://www.thundercore.com

A special thank you to our keynote speaker Mrs. Elaine Shi, Blockchain Scientist and Professor.

·      TrustSquare With blockchain technology as the common denominator, TrustSquare brings together entrepreneurs, businesses, investors as well as academics and researchers in an open and diverse environment.

https://www.trustsquare.ch

·      Swisscom Blockchain Swisscom Blockchain provides solutions to implement blockchain technology quickly and successfully for your company.

https://blockchain.swisscom.com

·      Presence Switzerland: Presence Switzerland is competent for the image of Switzerland abroad and implements the strategy of the Federal Council on Switzerland’s communication abroad

https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/das_eda/organisation_deseda/generalsekretariat/praesenz_schweiz.html

·      The Embassy of Switzerland in China

https://www.eda.admin.ch/beijing

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swissnex Dome: Where Art meets Science!

By Haley Lu, Junior Project Leader PR & Events

With more than 1500 visitors, 80 shows and 100 guests queuing at one time for a screening, the swissnex Dome was a great success during the Swiss Innovation Week. The swissnex Dome is a full-dome structure that allows a 360° spatialization of images and sounds, taking the audience on a fully immersive and unique experience. As the centerpiece of the Swiss Innovation Week, taking place from July 2 to July 6, 2018 and hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in China (Beijing), the swissnex Dome particularly gained attraction with its dazzling outfit and put big smiles on the audience’s faces with the audiovisual experience presented inside.

 The swissnex Dome held its premiere night on July 2 during the Swiss Innovation Week’s welcoming cocktail event. Both the Ambassador of Switzerland as well as the Ambassador of Peru enjoyed the 360° cinematic spectacle away from the summer heat of Beijing.   

The swissnex Dome held its premiere night on July 2 during the Swiss Innovation Week’s welcoming cocktail event. Both the Ambassador of Switzerland as well as the Ambassador of Peru enjoyed the 360° cinematic spectacle away from the summer heat of Beijing.   

 The temporary dome theater took two days to be set up by two engineers and six helpers.

The temporary dome theater took two days to be set up by two engineers and six helpers.

The film content proved to be innovative, entertaining and diverse: During the week-long event, two selected films from Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), four works of students from the College of Art and Media of Tongji University, a special 360° flight footage from SOLAR IMPULSE, as well as the latest masterpiece of renowned Swiss film director Prof. Juerg Neuenschwander were featured in the swissnex Dome.

 We had the special pleasure and privilege of welcoming Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, movie actor Wang Xuebing amongst other high-profile visitors.

We had the special pleasure and privilege of welcoming Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, movie actor Wang Xuebing amongst other high-profile visitors.

Corinne Sutter, a prominent Swiss artist who presented a live painting show during the Swiss Innovation Week, also appreciated the diverse Swiss and Chinese creations in the swissnex Dome.

The experience was great! I was amazed and astonished by the combination. I liked it a lot from a technical point of view and also that you are allowed to entertain.
— Corinne Sutter, Swiss speed painter
 The swissnex team with Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, joined by Dr. Beatrice Ferrari, Mr. Jonas Thürig and Mr. Laurent Feuz.

The swissnex team with Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, joined by Dr. Beatrice Ferrari, Mr. Jonas Thürig and Mr. Laurent Feuz.

A Chinese group thought the screenings to be ‘a very interesting and unique experience’.  It was their first time to watch this kind of film in China: ‘We watched two films, they both were made up by simple lines, however they have a very strong stereoscopic effect.’

 The swissnex Dome was the most visited event during the Swiss Innovation Week and more than 1500 visitors enjoyed the films inside the Dome. During the Grand Reception on the final night on July 6, the waiting line for the swissnex Dome counted more than 100 guests.

The swissnex Dome was the most visited event during the Swiss Innovation Week and more than 1500 visitors enjoyed the films inside the Dome. During the Grand Reception on the final night on July 6, the waiting line for the swissnex Dome counted more than 100 guests.

The presence of the Dome and the Birdly has contributed significantly to the success of not only the Grand Finale, but also the Swiss Innovation Week. We needed magnets and entertainment, and the two features were just right!
— Alain Gaschen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in China

It was truly an honor to have organized the swissnex Dome, and even more rewarding when we hear the guests say ‘Thank you! It’s so cool!’ and see them leave with satisfaction. swissnex China will keep working on bringing interesting projects to the international audience with a combination of the latest innovations, science and technology. Our special thanks to swissnex Boston for their close collaboration and support for this project, and to Fulldome.Pro for the dome support. Please stay in touch and see you at our next event!

Action-Packed Pitching during the Innokick Business Plan Competition

The pitching event marked the end of the Innokick Summer Academy in China, which took place on July 14, 2018. The solutions of the teams of nine students were judged based on their choice of problem to solve, the innovativeness and market validation of user-interaction model and business model. Next to our swissnex CEO Dr. Felix Moesner, the judges included Prof. Hanming Fang Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University; Prof. Lifeng Yang Associate Professor, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University; Mr. Jianrong Xiao, Shanghai Haier Zhongzhifang Maker Space; Prof. Lanfang Wang, Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Mr. Zhenhua Yang, Director of Education Department, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dale Chen, General Manager, Plug and Play. 

The solutions presented to the judges tackle problems in following fields and with new technologies: Food Safety, Health, Heavy Metals, Home Care, Wristband, Antipollution, P95 Filter, Fragrance, Stress, Depression, Sport Mask, Health Care, Machine Learning, Mobility, Elderly Care, Walking Assistance, Office Chair for Naps.

The Master HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) in Integrated Innovation for Product and Business Development (MSc Innokick), initiated by the HES-SO and Canton de Vaud, is the first interdisciplinary master’s program in Switzerland that brings together students from Business, Engineering and Design. MSc Innokick is a full-time degree, lasting over 3 semesters (90 ECTS credits). It includes also a two-week field trip in China and swissnex China was facilitating the contacts between the partners as well as organizing the logistics. 

Swiss Innovation a Hot Topic at Elite Zhejiang University Blockchain & FinTech Summit

On July 12, 2018, our CEO Dr. Felix Moesner was invited to deliver a talk to 250 top graduate students on "Switzerland's Practice in Blockchain and FinTech" at Zhejiang University, an elite higher education institution in China that is ranked 3rd nationally (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, 2018). The warm reception to Dr. Moesner's speech was astounding: the spacious lecture room was fully-packed, with many in the audience even standing in the back for an opportunity to gain special insight into Switzerland's cutting-edge innovations in blockchain and FinTech. With a wealth of experts and the proliferation of blockchain startups across the FinTech space, Switzerland has quickly become a world-leading blockchain hub. A very supportive government, a dynamic ecosystem and high motivation are important drivers of Swiss innovation. The "Blockchain and Digital Economy" summit by the Academy of Internet Finance at the School of Management was organized by Dean Ben Shenglin and Prof. Zhang Ruidong.

 swissnex China CEO Dr. Felix Moesner was warmly received at the "Blockchain and Digital Economy" summit at Zhejiang University.

swissnex China CEO Dr. Felix Moesner was warmly received at the "Blockchain and Digital Economy" summit at Zhejiang University.

Zhejiang University is one of the oldest, most selective and most prestigious institutions of higher education in China. The university's mission is to "seek truth and pursue innovation", backed up by a total research funding of $638.2 million in 2017 and being home to one of China's largest academic libraries. It is situated in Hangzhou, the city that is now synonymous with China's tech capital from where the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba also hails. The halo effect from the the city's flourishing e-commerce activities has transformed it into one of China's main FinTech hubs.

 Dr. Moesner spoke at length about Switzerland's cutting-edge innovations in blockchain and FinTech.

Dr. Moesner spoke at length about Switzerland's cutting-edge innovations in blockchain and FinTech.

 The spacious lecture room was fully packed, with many amongst the audience standing in the back.

The spacious lecture room was fully packed, with many amongst the audience standing in the back.

 Zhejiang University is one of the oldest, most selective and most prestigious institutions of higher education in China.

Zhejiang University is one of the oldest, most selective and most prestigious institutions of higher education in China.

AI and Robotics: Discerning between Hype and Reality

On June 26, swissnex China invited the world-renowned roboticist and futurist, Dr. Rolf Pfeifer, to share his profound insights in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation. Dr. Pfeifer is currently Visiting Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and he is a scientific consultant for “Living with Robots” Ltd. Moreover, he is co-founder of the National Robotics Center in Switzerland. 

 Dr. Pfeifer shared his deep insights on AI and robotics with the audience at our Living with Robots event on June 26, 2018.

Dr. Pfeifer shared his deep insights on AI and robotics with the audience at our Living with Robots event on June 26, 2018.

Our CEO Dr. Felix Moesner opened the lecture by warmly welcoming Dr. Pfeifer and a full-house audience, which included representatives from top academic institutions, blue-chip companies and venture capitalists. Dr. Pfeifer took the stage and underlined the importance of bridging the gap between the academia and the public, especially with the rampant "Robotic Hype" in public media. The sheer scale of AI and Robotics-related projects has been astounding, backed up by substantial investments from leading institutions, organizations and nations. 

Dr. Pfeifer then presented the history and design process of social and service robots, illustrating his points with his Roboy project as an example. He argued that the AI Hype largely concerns so-called “deep neural networks”, or deep learning, exemplified by AlphaGo’s spectacular wins over the world champion Lee Sedol in 2016. In passing, Dr. Pfeifer also stressed the importance of materials in robotics, using the "Thimbles-Experiment" as an example.

 The audience was mesmerized by Dr. Pfeifer's deep insights throughout his eloquent lecture.

The audience was mesmerized by Dr. Pfeifer's deep insights throughout his eloquent lecture.

Last but least, Dr. Pfeifer presented to the audience his innovative new ROBOLOUNGE project, which is a conceptual café / lounge where robots rather than human staff look after the clients. The venue will allow customers to have a unique futuristic experience where one can expect to have a tactile close encounter with robots. In closing, Dr. Pfeifer reiterated the challenges of pitching robotics-related projects given the gap between public expectation and reality, and offered some special advice and insight on the topic.

Dr. Pfeifer's presentation clearly affirms the image that “Switzerland is the Silicon Valley of Robotics” as stated by Chris Anderson, former editor at WIRED magazine in 2017. The audience, mesmerized by his poignant lecture, were keen to pepper him with questions in the Q&A session and connect with him after the event. 


We would like to express our special thanks to Dr. Pfeifer for sharing with us his deep insight on AI and robotics and for bringing his passionate fervor on the subject to our lively evening event. His impressive talk was punctuated by spontaneous applauses. We are also grateful to SwissCham China Shanghai's Digital Committee (Gianna Abegg), the University of Zurich Alumni Shanghai Chapter, and the ETH Zurich Alumni Shanghai Chapter for their collaboration for the event.

Sino-Swiss Dialogue Pushes the Boundaries of Evidence Science Innovation

By Priska Furrer, Junior Project Leader

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On the evening of June 28, 2018, swissnex China was delighted to invite prominent speakers, cutting-edge technology providers and outstanding peers from China and Switzerland to discuss and compare key innovations and the latest developments in judicial civilization through a collaborative international approach to Evidence Science. Prof. Dr. Baosheng Zhang (China University of Political Science and Law, CUPL) opened the session with his speech dedicated to the well-established and long-lasting relationship between CUPL and School of Criminal Justice (ESC) at University de Lausanne (UNIL).

 Prof. Dr. Baosheng Zhang highlighted the long-established relationship between CUPL and UNIL.

Prof. Dr. Baosheng Zhang highlighted the long-established relationship between CUPL and UNIL.

Secondly, Mr. Bo Li, International Department Manager at Dalian Everspry Sci & Tech Co.,Ltd, and his colleague Wentao Ma, introduced in an interactive hands-on presentation the cutting-edge footwear mark technology of their company.

 Mr. Bo Li presented their product: an innovative solution to identify the footwear mark.

Mr. Bo Li presented their product: an innovative solution to identify the footwear mark.

 The audience were invited to participate in the interactive session and were very impressed by the cutting-edge technology.

The audience were invited to participate in the interactive session and were very impressed by the cutting-edge technology.

Lastly, Prof. Dr. Christophe Champod introduced the new Massive Open Online Course on “Challenging Forensic Science” that was developed at UNIL.

 Prof. Dr. Christophe Champod gave deep insights into the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the School of Criminal Justice (ESC) of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

Prof. Dr. Christophe Champod gave deep insights into the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the School of Criminal Justice (ESC) of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

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We would also like to thank Prof. Dr. Alex Biedermann from UNIL who was one of the main organizers of this event. He summarized the key outcomes of the event:

“I think there are two benefits. First, our Chinese colleagues from CUPL (China University of Political Science and Law) highly appreciated the fact that they were the first and privileged audience to which we displayed the trailer of our forthcoming course. This confirmed their strong interest to be involved in a Chinese translation of our course, and hence helping to distribute/promote our course throughout China, which represents a huge audience of prospective course participants.

Second, our colleague from University of Adelaide (Law School), Australia, Mr. David Caruso, was also highly excited to see our course. He, too, will plan to promote this course among his students; using this course as a basic introduction will then help us develop more focused, interactive face-to-face seminars with (law) students, to deepen their understanding of the various topics.

In both ways, we can distribute teaching approaches from Lausanne internationally and, at the same time, receive international feedback to help us develop continuously our own teaching here in Lausanne.”

CES Asia 2018: a resounding success for Swiss startups

By Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Leader Innovation & Entrepreneurship

 Meet the incredible team behind the Swiss Startups Pavilion at CES Asia 2018.

Meet the incredible team behind the Swiss Startups Pavilion at CES Asia 2018.

To say Swiss Startups made a strong impression during the three days at CES Asia 2018 would undeniably constitute an understatement. For the 2018 edition of the premier event for the consumer technology industry in China and Asia, 3 out of the 7 startups of the swissnex China Swiss Startup Pavilion exceeded all expectations by walking away with 4 prizes, including Best Health Startup (Kenzen), Best Vehicle Technology Startup (SoFlow), as well as 2 innovation awards (Biowatch in Wearables Category, Kenzen in Sports and Fitness Category). Not only are these distinctions a testament to the quality of Switzerland’s strong startup ecosystem, but also a reminder of Switzerland’s ranking as the most innovative country in the world for the last six consecutive years. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg of what took place in the last few days both during and before CES Asia.

 Biowatch: Innovation Awards Honoree (Wearables Category).

Biowatch: Innovation Awards Honoree (Wearables Category).

 Kenzen: Best Health Startup and Innovation Awards Honoree (Sports & Fitness Category).

Kenzen: Best Health Startup and Innovation Awards Honoree (Sports & Fitness Category).

 SoFlow: Best Vehicle Technology Startup.

SoFlow: Best Vehicle Technology Startup.


The startups came to CES Asia as part of a selection and invitation process organized and coordinated by swissnex China. The aim was to host a Swiss Startups Pavilion at CES Asia in Shanghai, in order to not only showcase the disruptive technologies being developed by top Swiss Startups in Asia but also, and especially, to provide this selection of startups with the unique opportunity to gain visibility and connect with a network of potential local partners to facilitate market entry ambitions. To achieve this last point, swissnex China additionally organized a pre-CES exclusive pitching event, to which over 30 key players of the startup ecosystem in Shanghai were invited. This event allowed the seven startups to pitch to a targeted Chinese audience, as well as establish informal ties with a local network of potential partners.

 Pre-CES Swiss Startups Pitching Event allowed the startups to establish informal ties with a local network of partners.

Pre-CES Swiss Startups Pitching Event allowed the startups to establish informal ties with a local network of partners.


Beyond the awards and the pitching event, CES Asia enabled the delegation of Swiss Startups to benefit from the attention of an audience of over 40,000 attendees and over 1,200 media present at the event. For some of the startup representatives, it was their first time to come to China, and they were excited to meet and talk with investors and potential customers alike, with one of the companies even discussing a multi-million CHF VC investment within its booth! Many startups pointed to the fact that if it were not for swissnex China’s help, they would never have come to China in the first place. These empowering testimonials provide ever more justification for swissnex China to pursue its mission of connecting the dots between Switzerland and China. While the immediate repercussions of such a sudden surge in visibility for swiss startups in China is not directly visible shortly after the event, it is certain that these 7 startups have gained valuable knowledge of the Chinese market, unparalleled exposure, as well as strong local ties to support their future market entry ambitions, which is a substantial added value not just for the startups and for swissnex, but also for Switzerland both at home and abroad. Swissnex China looks forward to an even more successful CES Asia 2019… stay tuned!

 The attendees were very impressed with the cutting-edge Swiss technology & innovation.

The attendees were very impressed with the cutting-edge Swiss technology & innovation.

 Many were enquiring about the mission and services of swissnex China.

Many were enquiring about the mission and services of swissnex China.

Testimonials:

Matthias Vanoni, Co-founder and CEO of Biowatch: “We are happy to see big traction of the Chinese market for our technology and these 2 days at CES Asia have exceeded our expectations as we have secured very strong relationships that hopefully will result in further investment. A big thanks to swissnex for this opportunity.”

Edith Schmid, COO of Kenzen: “We had no idea what would await us here at CES Asia. It’s actually our first time in China and we won 2 awards. We are absolutely overwhelmed and we’re definitely coming back.”

Stephan Slunitschek, VP, Sales & Business Development of Myotest: “We’re really happy to be here at CES. We have had very good meetings here with various companies like pharmaceuticals, sports and wearables companies. We are very grateful for the exposure this event has provided us with and we are now looking forward to discussing future partnerships in China.”

Andrea Beck, In charge of operations, on-boarding, customer support, and customer success at Scantrust:  “Our expectations for CES Asia have been surpassed. We had quite a few promising discussions with potential clients, so we look forward to seeing what will happen next. The coordination and the support of swissnex was very helpful.“

Zif Giang, Co-Founder & VP of Production of SoFlow: “CES Asia was a great opportunity for us to represent our product. We can interact with our customers, so they really can try and feel the product and see how it works.  We met a lot of potential buyers and customers and, surprisingly, we won an award for top startup in vehicle technology!”

Gauthier Dubruel, Co-Founder & Business Director of Ubisim: “CES has been very good for us because we have been working on our China strategy and we have been able to put the product in the hands of a lot of potential partners and, surprisingly, investors. So far, the feedback has been very good, so for us it’s a great way to get tangible feedback about what we do from a China perspective. We are grateful not only for the invitation of swissnex to join CES, but also for the activities on the side which have allowed us to connect with others from the startup ecosystem, such as investors and other startups.”

Roman Gaus, Founder & CEO of Urbanfarmers: “CES was an opportunity for us to interact with existing targets, so it acted as a follow up with what we’ve already done in China in the past. However, we also connected with a number of new visitors and new leads from a variety of IT industries, as it’s always good to connect with new potential suppliers and partners.”