Maxwell Biosystems brings MaxTwo World Launch Tour 2019 to China

By Simin Yang, Project Coordinator - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Maxwell Biosystems is a startup that took part in the Innosuisse Market Entry Camp for China. This time, Maxwell Biosystems arrives in China with its new product MaxTwo. On May 20, swissnex China supported MaxWell Biosystem with the launch of a scientific workshop where we invited local and international speakers from different fields, such as stem cells, organoids, in-vitro technologies, neuroscience/neuro-engineering, toxicity, safety pharmacology, and drug discovery.

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During the workshop, Dr. Urs Frey, CEO of MaxWell Biosystems shared their Company Overview and MEA Technology Trend.

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Dr. Wei Gong, Application Scientist, shared the” iPSCs for CNS Drug Discovery - Phenotype Characterization and Novel Biomarkers”

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The MaxTwo mainframe is an incubator allowing cells to have a proper environment during recording. It is designed for integration with automation systems. Overall, MaxTwo is a powerful electrical imaging system for drug discovery, safety pharmacology, and iPSC phenotyping applications.

 The event allowed the fascinated audience to learn more about the applications of high-resolution microelectrode arrays and to have a hands-on experience with the MaxTwo product.

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 Company Overview 

MaxWell Biosystems AG is an electronics and biotechnology company based in Basel, Switzerland that provides instrumentation and solutions to advance neuroscience research and accelerate drug discovery. The company was incorporated in September 2016.

 Product Overview 

MaxWell Biosystems’ MaxTwo is a CMOS-based multiwell HD-MEA platform. It has all the capabilities of MaxOne–it captures high-quality signals at sub cellular resolution from long-term culture experiments. Electrical stimulation protocols can also be performed.

MaxTwo multiwell HD-MEA system allows for easy and vibration-free insertion of the multi-well MEA.

 

VR: New Perspectives on Contemporary Dance & Medical Training

By Yiwen Sun, Project Leader - Interdisciplinary & Special Projects 

On the occasion of the Asia Tour of VR_I, a contemporary dance piece in immersive virtual reality, Gilles Jobin, Director & Choreographer of the work was invited to present at the 5th Café des Sciences Lecture, together with Gauthier Dubruel, Business Director and co-founder of UbiSim, the first VR training solution for nurses. Around 50 attendants had the chance to meet with both speakers and network with the professionals in VR field. Nearly 900 audience watched the online live streaming of the talks via swissnex China social media channels.

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Through the talks, Gilles Jobin shared with the audience his encounter with Artanim, the Swiss leading experts in motion capture and virtual reality and how he combines the new technology with his choreography. He revealed the process in making VR_I and the technical challenges in finalizing the project, which brought the audience to think about the turnouts of such work. Switching the perspectives, Gauthier Dubruel introduced his start-up company – UbiSim, and how virtual reality can be used to provide convenient and affordable practical training to health care practitioners. Guests were actively engaged with the discussion on new developments of VR application in medical training and clinical practices.

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Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Startups to present their projects and engage with the local community. The lectures are followed by a networking reception and scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces.

Please stay tuned for our next event on Synthetic Biology at Chronus Art Center and save the date for 20th June.

VR_I in Shanghai - Dancing in Immersive Virtual Reality

By Yiwen Sun, Project Leader - Interdisciplinary & Special Projects 

Organized by swissnex China, VR_I: A Contemporary Dance Piece in Immersive Virtual Reality was brought to the Chinese audience for the first time. Throughout the 8-day performances from 9-12/15-18 May, VR_I has received over 500 spectators at Chronus Art Center, located in M50, the renowned art & design district of Shanghai. The Director and Choreographer of VR_I – Gilles Jobin and his touring team also had their first touch with China.

Pioneering contemporary dance, Gilles Jobin developed VR_I with the leading motion capture technology and virtual reality experts – Artanim, which provides viewers with the unique sensory experience. During the experience, participants can thus interact physically and even communicate with the others. The virtual dancers then come to blur their perception, multiplying, growing to the point of becoming giants or becoming tiny. With these effects of scale, Gilles Jobin addresses the concept of spatiality in a truly original way.

spectators experiencing VR_I at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai

spectators experiencing VR_I at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai

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Roundtable Discussion on the future of Virtual Reality and Contemporary Dance

Link to watch the video:

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On 10th May, a roundtable discussion with experts and professionals in the fields of Virtual Reality and performing arts were held at Chronus Art Center. Around 55 guests attended the event while 6959 audience watched the online live streaming of the discussion.

Dr. Felix Moesner giving the welcome speech.

Dr. Felix Moesner giving the welcome speech.

Roundtable discussion speakers

Roundtable discussion speakers

Moderated by Salar Shahna from the World VR Forum, our guest speakers – nunu kong, Daming Zhang and Roger Yang shared their perspectives and insights on the questions such as how the new technology changes the choreography, how do the audience and the critics perceive such work, how to balance the artistic and economic value and what will be the future trend of Virtual reality in terms of application.

Attendants of the roundtable discussion.

Attendants of the roundtable discussion.

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Gilles Jobin: “Shanghai is amazing!”

VR_I has brought many of the Chinese audience their first unique VR experience with contemporary dance, while the two-week stay in Shanghai left Gilles Jobin and his team unforgettable first impressions of China.

Along with the performance of VR_I, under the arrangement of swissnex China, Gilles Jobin and his team were connected to the local artists, VR experts as well as arts organizations such as Rockbund Art Museum, Power Station of Art and How Art Museum. Different thoughts and inspirations on the new work were emerged during the meetings and visits; potential co-operations between the two parties were established and explored.

VR_I crew with swissnex China staff and the local experts.

VR_I crew with swissnex China staff and the local experts.

Future of Money: Brilliance in Fintech

By Mirjam Haab, Junior Project Manager - Science Outreach & Diplomacy

On April 23, swissnex China had the immense honour to organize for the President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Finance Mr. Ueli Maurer the Future of Money: Brilliance in Fintech event. On the occasion of his State Visit to China, Ueli Maurer attended the Shanghai event accompanied by two delegations of official and financial dignitaries. Among the delegations were the State Secretary, three Ambassadors, the President of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, the Chairmen of SIX and SwissBanking and high-ranking representatives from all sectors of the Swiss financial world.

The continuation of swissnex China’s “Future of Money” series was on the topic: “New Technologies in Financial Markets: How China and Switzerland can benefit from each other”.

President of the Swiss Confederation meets with Swiss and Chinese delegations. (From left: Felix Moesner, CEO & Science Consul of swissnex China, Dr David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association,   Mr Peilung Li, Founder and Chairman of LUN Partners, Dean Charles Chang of Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University, Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF),   Dr Romeo Lacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIX, Dr Daniela Stoffel, State Secretary for International Finance, Mr Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA), Prof Thomas Puschmann, Director of Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab, University of Zurich)

President of the Swiss Confederation meets with Swiss and Chinese delegations. (From left: Felix Moesner, CEO & Science Consul of swissnex China, Dr David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, Mr Peilung Li, Founder and Chairman of LUN Partners, Dean Charles Chang of Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University, Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), Dr Romeo Lacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIX, Dr Daniela Stoffel, State Secretary for International Finance, Mr Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA), Prof Thomas Puschmann, Director of Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab, University of Zurich)

After a welcome speech by Wenzhon Jin (CEO of Orient Securities), President Ueli Maurer held the first keynote speech. He addressed two thought-provoking trade-offs emerging concomitant with new financial technologies. The second keynote speech by Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association, concentrated on Switzerland as a Fintech enabler and catered some key data on recent developments.

Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation delivers an opening keynote speech, calling for the Sino-Swiss collaboration and mutual benefit in fintech.

Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation delivers an opening keynote speech, calling for the Sino-Swiss collaboration and mutual benefit in fintech.

Mr Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) delivers a keynote speech.

Mr Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) delivers a keynote speech.

 A highly relevant panel discussion moderated by Dr. David Chang (Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association) ensued the keynote speeches. The five top-class panellists were Dr. Daniela Stoffel (State Secretary for International Finance), Prof. Charles Chang (Dean of Fanhai Institute for International Finance at Fudan University), Dr. Romeo Lacher (Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIX), Peilung Li (Founder and Chairman of LUN Partners Group) and Prof. Thomas Puschmann (Director of the SwissFinTech Innovation Lab at University of Zurich). Some of the main discussion points revolved around regulatory frameworks, the handling of strictly regulated incumbents when unregulated disruptors enter the market, and how Sino-Swiss synergies could benefit both countries, for example regarding the Belt and Road initiative.

Moderated by Dr David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, the panel discussion features topics on current regulatory framework, traditional wealth management industry and Fintech startups.

Moderated by Dr David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, the panel discussion features topics on current regulatory framework, traditional wealth management industry and Fintech startups.

 Orient Securities provided the event location in the South Bund area, allowing for a subsequent networking opportunity with a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.

The Swiss and Chinese delegations gathered for the networking cocktail reception at the Bund .

The Swiss and Chinese delegations gathered for the networking cocktail reception at the Bund .

Thank you for the close collaboration with the Swiss Confederation, SwissBanking, SIX, University of Zurich, FISF Fudan University, Orient Securities, Blocknology Capital, The Asian Banker and Presence Switzerland.

 

All in all, the event was a financial extravaganza with first-class keynote speakers and panellists as well as top-level guests. The event was a great opportunity to shed light on the Venture Leaders Fintech program, which will take place in November 2019 in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

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Exploring Digital Media and Innovation in China - Tamedia Innovation Study Tour

By Yingzhen Chen, Junior Project Manager - PR & Communications

As Chinese technological innovation has been growing at an impressive rate in recent years, it has prompted a new wave of new media innovation that is redefining the Chinese media landscape. From April 1-5, swissnex China had the pleasure of organizing a 5-day Chinese digital media study trip for an executive delegation from Tamedia 20 Minuten, for the purpose of better understanding the new media ecosystem in China, discuss and exchange best practices with their Chinese counterparts, and have a deep dive into China’s latest innovations.

Taking part in the program were Marco Boselli, Editor-in-Chief of 20 Minuten, Gaudenz Looser, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of 20 Minuten, Mike Jenke, Head of Product of 20 Minuten and Mike J. Herter, Head of Innovation of Tamedia.

On April 1, the first day of the program, Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, welcomed the delegation to China and gave a brief introduction to the Tamedia delegation on the research and innovation landscape in China, and what the swissnex China team does to connect the dots between Switzerland and China.

swissnex China team warmly welcomed the Tamedia delegations in Shanghai office.

swissnex China team warmly welcomed the Tamedia delegations in Shanghai office.

Afterwards, two members of the delegation visited Ximalaya (Himalaya), the leading audio and podcast sharing platform in China. The representatives of Ximalaya introduced their innovative audio ecosystem, including its content production and distribution process, podcaster university and business model, and they had an in-depth discussion on content distribution innovation.

Concurrently, the other two delegation members visited Shanghai Daily, the largest English-language newspaper in Shanghai and second largest in China, started its digital platform SHINE in October 1999. The executive representatives shared their respective experiences on digital transformation in the news industry.

Tamedia delegation with the Shanghai Daily editors.

Tamedia delegation with the Shanghai Daily editors.

In the afternoon, the group visited Yitiao, one of the most influential short-video new media in China focusing on lifestyle, fashion and art-focused content, providing daily quality videos and articles and targeting the Chinese middle class. The editors of Yitiao showed their studios, post-production rooms and a ‘kitchen studio’ exclusively for their food channel Mei Shi Tai.

Yitiao’s kitchen studio for its popular food social media Mei Shi Tai.

Yitiao’s kitchen studio for its popular food social media Mei Shi Tai.

Pear Video, the leading information short video platform in China, own its office in Shanghai and Beijing.

Pear Video, the leading information short video platform in China, own its office in Shanghai and Beijing.

For the last stop of the day, the group visited Pear Video, a leading news video platform founded in 2016, with 30k approved freelancers across China and globally, generating 1k videos every week. All the videos are fact-checked and quality-controlled internally. Pear Video recently launched Commonly as its English platform on Weibo.

On the second day, the group was invited to visit the College of Arts and Media of Tongji University in Jiading. The Vice Dean and professors welcomed the delegations and guided them on a comprehensive campus tour. The group visited various research facilities of the college, including fundamental labs and specialized practice labs in animation, interactive media, visual effects and electronic media etc. It was an insightful opportunity for the delegation to establish an overview of Chinese new media ecosystem from the academic side, at one of the first-tier new media colleges in China.

The Tamedia delegation visits the animation dome at the College of Arts and Media of Tongji University.

The Tamedia delegation visits the animation dome at the College of Arts and Media of Tongji University.

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In the afternoon, the group continued their tour by transferring from academia to the latest practices in the industry, to grasp some ideas on how the traditional media dealt with their innovation. Yicai (China Business Network), China’s largest and most comprehensive financial media group owned by Shanghai Media Group (SMG) welcomed the delegations, guided them to their news rooms, studios, product department, among other facilities. Within the affiliate network of Yicai, there are Yicai TV, China Business News, YiMagazine, Yicai New Media Tech,Yicai Global, Yicai Radio, Yicai Forum, Yicai Research Institute, Big Data, Lujiazui Financial Herald and etc.

The Yicai executive boards was presenting Yicai company, the delegations exchanges valuable experiences on traditional media transformation.

The Yicai executive boards was presenting Yicai company, the delegations exchanges valuable experiences on traditional media transformation.

After Yicai, the group visited International Channel Shanghai (ICS), the foreign language cable channel of SMG, which started producing 10 o’clock English news in 1986. The representatives from both companies shared their insights in the new media innovation.

The main television studio of ICS.

The main television studio of ICS.

After exploring the latest digital innovation in the media industry in Shanghai, the group started a new chapter of the tour in Beijing, the capital city of China which is home to many headquarters of technology, media companies and startups. Taking the Renaissance EMU high speed train at speeds up to 350km/h, the delegation arrived in Beijing on April 3 by travelling 1318 kilometres in 4.5 hours.

The first stop in Beijing was the Kuaishou HQ (Kwai on the international market) and Acfun. Kuaishou is the largest social video sharing platform in the world with more than 700 million registered users and more than 100 million daily active users who upload over 10 million videos everyday. Kuaishou encourages users to share their stories in ordinary life. By applying AI and big data, Kuaishou enables machines to have a deeper insight into users, to understand their behaviour data in boosting the video production, understanding and distribution, at the same time presenting a diverse and down-to-earth community. Acfun is a popular Chinese video sharing website among the animation, comic, game and novel audiences, it was acquired by Kuaishou in 2018.

The Tamedia delegations with Kuaishou International PR team at Kuaishou HQ in Beijing.

The Tamedia delegations with Kuaishou International PR team at Kuaishou HQ in Beijing.

The senior manager of Innoway was presenting China’s first Baidu Brain Innovation Experience Center at Innoway in Beijing.

The senior manager of Innoway was presenting China’s first Baidu Brain Innovation Experience Center at Innoway in Beijing.

In order to obtain an image of the China start-up culture and innovation in a nutshell, the group visited Innoway, China’s No.1 Hi-tech landmark of start-ups, created by Beijing and Haidian District. The mixture of investor offices, show-room, start-up cafes and “incubators” located in Beijing’s tech-heavy Zhongguancun. Since June 2014, Innoway has incubated over 1,900 Startups, with more than 222 international ventures. 743 Startups successfully received investments, accounting for 9.104 Billion RMB.  The representatives of Innoway introduced the group about Innoway projects and organized a networking dinner with some startup founders.

On April 4, the group visited the Phoenix International Media Center, the new headquarter and broadcast center of China’s largest private broadcaster Phoenix TV. With the Phoenix Chinese Channel, the Phoenix InfoNews Channel, the Phoenix Chinese News and Entertainment Channel which broadcasts in Europe, the Phoenix North American Chinese Channel, the Phoenix Movie Channel and the Phoenix Hong Kong Channel, Phoenix TV reach audience excess of 360 million worldwide. Wang Shu, the architect of the Phoenix International Media Center, received the 2012 Pritzker Prize for his ballooning torus formed by a twisting lattice of steel surrounded by glass. It was extremely interesting to visit the building while being guided through Phoenix TV’s studios, news rooms and exhibition arena in this artistic pavilion.

The group enjoyed a exciting tour at the Phoenix International Media Center with the Phoenix TV delegations.

The group enjoyed a exciting tour at the Phoenix International Media Center with the Phoenix TV delegations.

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The delegation also visited iQIYI, an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China launched in 2010. The average mobile monthly active users of its mobile app is 565 million, ranked No.1 in the Chinese online video streaming platform, also the No.3 among top Chinese apps. iQIYI’s comprehensive entertainment ecosystem provides users with services including e-commerce, comics, literature, gaming, movie ticket bookings and short videos. The representatives of iQIYI introduced their business, content production and distribution model, IP ecosystem as well as AI-driven technology. By applying technological innovation such AI, Dolby Atmos, 4K and adaptive bitstream, iQIYI built up system on video intelligent creation, production, tagging, distribution, play, monetization and customer service. 

The Tamedia delegation was visiting the iQIYI exhibition wall in iQIYI ‘s HQ in Haidian, Beijing.

The Tamedia delegation was visiting the iQIYI exhibition wall in iQIYI ‘s HQ in Haidian, Beijing.

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Last but not least, the group paid a visit to Plug and Play China in Zhongguancun, to obtain deeper insights into the start-up and investment ecosystem in media-related field. Plug and Play China had built up the largest innovation platform bridging startups, investors and blue chip corporations globally. The delegations exchanged creative ideas on case studies in different industries such as VR and advertising.

The Tamedia delegations were discussing innovative case studies of startups in media and VR industries with the PLUG and PLAY delegations.

The Tamedia delegations were discussing innovative case studies of startups in media and VR industries with the PLUG and PLAY delegations.

swissnex China was honoured and delighted to receive the Tamedia executive delegation, providing them with an overview of the landscape of the Chinese new media and innovation ecosystem and opening a dialogue for potential bilateral Sino-Swiss collaboration. We would also like to express our great appreciation to the companies mentioned above for the warm welcome and their precious time in presenting the companies.

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Towards a “New Innovation” – For a more sustainable society

Photo | GDUT-CNAN Institute, Dongguan University of Technology

Final review | Chen Yihua

Dongguan University of Technology May 9th, 2019

Professor Boer shares with you the future development trend of Intelligent manufacturing.

On the afternoon of May 9, Professor Claudio Roberto Boër from Switzerland brought a unique scientific lecture to the students in the Sino-French lecture hall.

The seminar was based on the theme of - Research and Search: A quest for a "new innovation" for a more sustainable society , focusing on mechanical engineering technology, sustainable development and innovation in today's society, and the frontier and future trends of international advanced manufacturing technology.

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Prof. Boër vividly explained the progress of technology for students in a series of non-traditional manufacturing processes, such as diamond manufacturing and parts manufacturing.

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Professor Boër interacts enthusiastically with the students. At the lecture, the students also circulated two books written and published by Professor Boër. At the end of the lecture, Professor Boër answered the questions one by one.

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This lecture lasted nearly two hours. Professor Boër's speech was close to real life, and the examples were rich. Finally, the curtain came to a successful conclusion with applause. It is believed that after Professor Boer’s lectures, the students have a new understanding of their majors.

The Background of Prof. Boer

Professor Claudio Roberto Boër, Fellow of the International Society of Production Engineering (CIRP), Vice President of the Swiss University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Senior Advisor of SwissnexChina, previous Swiss Consul of the Swiss Federal Government Science and Technology Center, and Vice President of the Valorsec Anstalt Advisory Committee.

Professor Boër has 16 years of experience in the Swiss precision and automation industry, including the Swiss ABB Group, the Swiss company Tornos, Charmilles Technology, and 17-years Expert for Swiss Federal Technical Innovation Council. In addition, Professor Boër is involved in writing related books and articles on manufacturing, robotics, extended enterprise, mass customization and sustainable development. He is also the co-founder of the company, focusing on the development of virtual reality technology, 3D simulation technology, specialized production systems and non-profit projects, and promoted the development of more than 10 global projects.

 Since 1991, Professor Boër has actively promoted cooperation between Chinese local governments and European and Swiss agencies to develop more than 15 projects. Teaching courses on manufacturing and sustainable development technology in Chinese universities.

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Legal strategies to adapt to new digital trends – What role for Switzerland?

By Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager for Academic Relations

With the development of new digital technologies inevitably arise new legal challenges that touch on a variety of topics, such as protection from harmful content, ensuring election integrity, personal data protection and data portability. While there appears to be a consensus on the fact that a global framework for these questions is needed, how to shape the new regulations for the digital world remains a real question.

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On April 29, swissnex China had the pleasure to welcome Prof. Jacques de Werra, Vice-Rector at the university of Geneva, who gave a lecture addressing the challenges in setting new rules for the internet and the digital world, as well as the role for Switzerland and Geneva in the global digital policy ecosystem.

The field is broad, the issues complex and there is a great diversity of interests involved. Considering this, the professor expressed the idea that governments, companies and citizens can come together in an agreement to shape the framework they want and need. He further suggested that soft laws, if well-drafted, can be a useful tool for this purpose.

Geneva has long been a hub for multilateral discussions, including those in the field of global digital policy making. In the continuity of this tradition, Prof. de Werra highlighted that Switzerland – as an established trusted neutral platform – is a privileged place for the development of global digital policies and that there is a real opportunity to further utilize this potential to foster multilateral agreements.

As a scholar and Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva, he also touched on the role that universities can play in this process: they can not only be a place for education on the legal questions surrounding digital technologies, but also serve as a forum and an instigator for the debate – thus contributing to the shaping of efficient policies.

We were joined that night by a number of Swiss Alumni, namely from the University of Geneva. People from different industries, including the legal field, university professors and students could extend the debate during the networking reception that capped off the night.

Genevans and University of Geneva Alumni with Prof. Jacques de Werra and Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO at swissnex China (Right).

Genevans and University of Geneva Alumni with Prof. Jacques de Werra and Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO at swissnex China (Right).

We would like to thank again the professor for his valuable insights and for providing such a rich opportunity for University of Geneva Alumni to reconnect in Shanghai.

swissnex China looks forward to seeing you at our future events.

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April, Month of Academia

By Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager for Academic Relations

April was high in academic activities at swissnex China as a number of delegations from Swiss Universities visited us in Shanghai. Here are some of the highlights of the month:

EMBA School of Management Fribourg

The EMBA program of the School of Management Fribourg joined us for a two week long study trip in China. The 13 professionals of the delegation started off with by a week of conferences and company visits in Beijing and came to our office on April 8 to kick off a diverse study program set in Shanghai over the following days.

On that day, the delegation was welcome by Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China, who presented the mission and activities of swissnex China and shared insights about the innovation landscape in China. He then gave the floor to Mr. Peter Bachmann, Executive Director of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Mr. Bachmann shared his expertise on the opportunities and challenges for Swiss enterprises on the Chinese market.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China giving a lecture to the EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China giving a lecture to the EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg

The EMBA delegation from Fribourg further benefited for a few hours from a lecture given by Dr. Heini Shi, Professor of Practice Management at NYU Shanghai. The professor, who has worked in the United States and in Europe, gave an introduction on how to do business in China during a dynamic and interactive session, notably through the presentation of case studies. She highlighted some important factors of success or failure of businesses in China - especially as compared to other markets - by taking the example of two renowned companies.

In the late afternoon the delegation visited CBC Shanghai, before returning to our space where they were invited to attend the FiresideChat with Daniel Heusser . To cap off the day, they took part in the networking reception that followed the conference along with many Shanghai-based Swiss or Chinese professionals.

 

The next few days were just as rich, as the program organized by the academic relations section at swissnex China included numerous visits and lectures. On April 9, they went to the Swiss Center (SCC) located in the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai. This was an opportunity to understand the activity of the Swiss Center as well as the functioning and the potential advantages of such a Free Trade Zone depending on the characteristics of certain companies.

The lectures included presentations by Mr. Nicolas Musy, Founder of China Integrated, Ms. Emmanuelle Roduit, Deputy General Manager of SCC, Ms. Lucky Ding, Trade Specialist at SCC, as well as Mr. Patrick Glauser, Head of Operation & Business Development Migros. The students from Fribourg also visited two innovative companies that have their premises in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone: Tornos & Steinway Asia Pacific.

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg at the Swiss Center.

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg at the Swiss Center.

On April 10, the delegation spent one day visiting GKIC (Great Knowledge & Innovation Community) located in Yangpu District. The morning program was opened by a guided tour of the GKIC Showroom which illustrated the history, development as well as the companies of the area. Afterwards, the delegation visited NEO, the Chinese blockchain company who has recently set-up an office in Switzerland and Inno Space +, one of the leading incubators for entrepreneurs and startups.

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg visiting GKIC.

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg visiting GKIC.

In the afternoon session, the students attended a lecture given by Prof. Ulf Henning RICHTER on Socio and Geopolitical Environment of Doing Business in China, followed by discussions with two China-based Swiss start-up companies Ubisim and VirtaMed, who shared their understanding about challenges and opportunities of Chinese market.

On their last day, April 11, the delegation visited Mettler Toledo, a leading global manufacturer and market of precision instruments and services for use in laboratories and manufacturing. The students visited the production units and were given a presentation on the functioning of the company, thus gaining some valuable insights on team management, quality control and innovation strategies of a state-of-the-art company.

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg during their visit of Mettler Toledo

EMBA delegation of School of Management Fribourg during their visit of Mettler Toledo

In the afternoon, the students were received in the Shanghai office of Eiger, a full-service law firm with Asia Pacific and Greater China practice strengths providing counseling and assistance in corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and intellectual property matters. Mr. Xu Tian welcomed them and gave a lecture on how to register a company in China and on the legal protection of intellectual property that arise in this context.

swissnex China was delighted to receive and accompany this enthusiastic team of young professionals from Romandie and we wish them the best in their future activities.

HESAV – Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud and Ecole – and Ecole de la Source

On April 26, swissnex China was delighted to receive a group of ten highly motivated nursing students from HESAV and la Source. Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China provided the delegation with special insights into innovation in China and what the swissnex China team does to connect the dots between Switzerland and China.

This stop in Shanghai concluded a study trip of three weeks spent in Jiangnan University, in Wuxi. During the time in Jiangsu province the nursing students learned about different practices of Chinese Traditional Medicine as it is widely administrated in the current care system.  Coming to swissnex China was a chance for the young talents to complement this knowledge by discussing the innovation landscape in China and Switzerland and comparing best practices. Notably, the talk included topics like robotic and AI technologies that are gradually introduced to assist their work.

We very much appreciated receiving in our space these students who came full of curiosity, as well as Carlos Masias Valdes and Christopher Gueniat who accompanied them. We would also like to thank HEIG-VD, Etat de Vaud, and CHUV, as well as Anne Catherine Lyon, Chantal Ostorero, and Maxline C. Stettler for the invaluable support!

Nursing students of HESAV and la Source during their visit at swissnex China.

Nursing students of HESAV and la Source during their visit at swissnex China.

IEMBA ZHAW

In the afternoon of April 9, 14 IEMBA students of School of Management and Law, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) visited swissnex China.

Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China presented the mission and activities of swissnex China and shared insights about the innovation landscape in China. The students asked many questions about intercultural management, challenges of IPR protection as well as the most important elements that will influence the success of business in China.

Presentation by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China

Presentation by Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China

Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai gave an introduction about Sino-Swiss relations and Swiss presence in China and Shanghai, followed by a guest lecture given by Prof. Dr. Han Zheng, Innovation and Entrepreneurship expert.

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Han Zheng

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Han Zheng

After the rich afternoon program, the delegation attended a networking event with Swiss expats in Shanghai organized by swissnex China.

Composed of business leaders and young professionals with strong leadership potential all over the world, the IEMBA delegation of ZHAW embarked on a field trip to China to get in-depth knowledge about doing business in the most fast-growing economy. swissnex China wishes them a successful trip in China!

 

HFW Bern & Swiss Education Fair 2019

swissnex China also participated in two events in collaboration with Swiss Business Hub. On April 16 came a delegation from HFW Bern to swissnex China for a series of presentations. The lectures were given by Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex China, Mr. Danli Zhou, Co-Deputy CEO and Communication Manager of swissnex China, and Mr. Leo Peng, Senior Trade Officer at Swiss Business Hub.

Presentation by Danli Zhou, Co-Deputy CEO and Communication Manager at swissnex China

Presentation by Danli Zhou, Co-Deputy CEO and Communication Manager at swissnex China

On April 13 and 14, swissnex China was present with a booth at the Swiss Education Fair 2019 in Shanghai and in Chengdu.  We represented the Swiss public institutions of higher education, answering people’s questions and presenting the variety and the quality of the curricula as well as the excellency of swiss academic research.

Libing Gu, Project Leader for Academic Relations and Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager for Academic Relations representing the Swiss Public Institutions of Higher Education at the Swiss Education Fair 2019 in Shanghai.

Libing Gu, Project Leader for Academic Relations and Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager for Academic Relations representing the Swiss Public Institutions of Higher Education at the Swiss Education Fair 2019 in Shanghai.

25 years in China – The successful journey of the Swiss Architect Daniel Heusser

By Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager for Academic Relations

Every few months, SwissCham and swissnex China invite a seasoned Swiss professional based in China in the scope of an event series called the FiresideChat. This interactive format is an opportunity to share experiences and practices, notably on the topics of setting up a business or settling in China as well as on many related cross-cultural considerations.


On April 8, 2019, we had the pleasure to welcome the Swiss Architect Daniel Heusser. After graduating in architecture from ETH Zurich, Daniel Heusser has worked as senior architect and project manager in China for 25 years, first in the role of the Vice General Manager of a Sino-Swiss Joint Venture company for Architecture and Urban Planning in Shijiazhuang and Beijing, and from the year 2003 onwards as founder and managing partner of Virtuarch in Shanghai.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, welcoming the guests.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, welcoming the guests.

He took the opportunity of the chat to reflect on his journey and his learning experience since he arrived in the Chinese context of the 1990’s. He was able to highlight the challenges he faced, first in the establishment of the joint-venture and then in taking the big plunge of swimming on his own when he founded his own company in 2003.

He was further able to touch on a number of aspects, including the managing of Virtuarch, laying out strategies as well as planning and overlooking well designed projects, stressing the importance of trusting his gut feelings to prevent problems and having the flexibility to adapt – and to readapt – to ever changing circumstances.

Mr. Daniel Heusser, presenting his journey, sharing insights on how to build a successful business in China and answering questions.

Mr. Daniel Heusser, presenting his journey, sharing insights on how to build a successful business in China and answering questions.

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Daniel Heusser’s key to success can hardly be summed up in a few words. Nonetheless, on that evening it appeared that without denying his “Swiss way”, he managed to grow by being receptive to and learning from a “Chinese way”, which is a point he expressed when answering questions during the Q&A session that followed his speech.

For the occasion, our community was joined by a delegation from the EMBA of the School of Management of Fribourg, and all the guests were able to further exchange and connect during the networking reception that followed.

On this note, we would also like to thank ETH Zurich and the ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter for supporting the event.

The swissnex China team looks forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

MAS ETH MTEC Delegation Explores China Business Landscape

By Gabriel Bishop, Junior Project Manager – Academic Relations

On March 11th, swissnex China had the pleasure of receiving 33 ETH Zurich MAS MTEC students, along with Prof. Stefano Brusoni, Xavier Mundet Ciriza, and Daniela Stocker.

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, welcomed the participants and introduced the higher education, research and innovation landscape in China. This was followed by an overview of the mission and activities of swissnex China.

Mr. Michael Lehmann, General Manager at sim (Selective International Management Shanghai), gave a lecture to the students, sharing his expertise on the many aspects of doing business in China. He presented the students with different practical cases that served as the base material for a workshop which they conducted throughout the week.

After having lunch all together in a nearby restaurant, the students split into smaller groups in order to work and reflect on the selected cases.

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The entire delegation returned to swissnex China on Friday, March 15th. On this occasion, the different groups from the delegations shared and debated their conclusions from the workshop. Their proposed solutions and models were inspired by the various visits and presentations from which they had benefited during the previous days.

Presentation of swissnex China by Dr.Felix Moesner

Presentation of swissnex China by Dr.Felix Moesner

The MAS ETH MTEC delegation with Michael Lehmann(left) and Dr. Felix Moesner(center)

The MAS ETH MTEC delegation with Michael Lehmann(left) and Dr. Felix Moesner(center)

Indeed, during the study trip, the delegation had the opportunity to visit different companies such as Bühler, Ctrip and Roche.

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One of our team members accompanied them on one of these visits, to the Ctrip headquarters in Soho. There, the participants were able to discover the operations of an innovative company in the field of online travel service. They received a presentation about the functioning of the company and its strategies both for the Chinese and on the international market. The visit was concluded by a enriching Q&A session.

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To wrap up this enlightening program, Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, invited the delegation for a networking reception at the Swiss Residence on Friday evening. They had the chance to connect with select members of the Swiss community residing in China, mainly from ETH Zurich alumni community in Shanghai, and the night was full of fruitful exchanges.

swissnex China was delighted to receive the delegation of the MAS ETH MTEC program, a team composed of dynamic professionals who came to China to acquire new perspectives, knowledge and strategies in the field of management, technology and economics. Thank you to Michael Lehmann, sim for his presentation as well as Prof. Stefano Brusoni, Xavier Mundet Ciriza and Daniela Stocker for the amazing pool of talents. We look forward to welcoming them again next year!

Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, welcoming the delegation at the Swiss Residence

Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, welcoming the delegation at the Swiss Residence

Visit to the World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Unicorn Together with S&TDC

By Priska Furrer, Junior Project Manager

On February 25, swissnex China joined a visit of the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle to the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup unicorn SenseTime. SenseTime focuses on computer vision and deep learning and is valued US$6 billion. SenseTime leads the market in almost all vertical industries, including smart city, smartphone, mobile internet, online entertainment, automobile, finance, retail, education, real estate, and so forth. The company boasts more than 700 customers and partners in China and overseas, including world-renowned institutions and companies such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Honda Motors, Alibaba Group, Suning, China Mobile, China UnionPay, wanda, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, OPPO, vivo, orWeibo Corporation. It also established the National Open Innovation Platform for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence on Intelligent Vision. The future plan is to extend its Shanghai base to host 3000 employees and accommodate the largest of 5 supercomputers with 30’000 GPUs. Already now, an impressive 250 PhDs in AI are working for SenseTime.

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swissnex China visits Landspace: a Private Sector Pioneer in the Chinese Commercial Aerospace Industry

On January 17, the swissnex China team joined its colleagues from the Section of Science, Education and Technology at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing for an insightful visit to the Beijing-based Land Space Technology Corporation Ltd. (LandSpace hereafter), a pioneer in the Chinese private commercial aerospace industry that was founded in 2015 by Tsinghua University.

The teams from Shanghai and Beijing were warmly received by Landspace.

The teams from Shanghai and Beijing were warmly received by Landspace.

LandSpace conducted the first Chinese private orbital launch on October 27, 2018 with its ZQ-1 rocket and is currently testing the ZQ-2, a medium-scale and low-cost commercial launch vehicle system that is independently developed by LandSpace with independent intellectual property rights. They aim to achieve reusable methalox orbital rocket launch by 2020. The private aerospace enterprise has two R&D centers based in Beijing and Xi’an, and an Intelligent Manufacturing Base in Huzhou, Zhejiang. LandSpace seeks to target the international market with its small and medium scale, low-cost launch vehicles.

Mr. Kevin Xu gave a comprehensive introduction to LandSpace's mission, activities and products.

Mr. Kevin Xu gave a comprehensive introduction to LandSpace's mission, activities and products.

Exchange between LandSpace and swissnex on the commercial aerospace industry.

Exchange between LandSpace and swissnex on the commercial aerospace industry.

swissnex China received an in-depth presentation on the mission, activities and the evolution of LandSpace products. Ms. Liu Chenchen, Project Officer from the Beijing team, also presented to LandSpace the Swiss expertise in various deep-tech and high-precision fields, opening the dialogue for potential Sino-Swiss collaboration.

Our thanks to LandSpace for their warm welcome and insightful presentation!

Our thanks to LandSpace for their warm welcome and insightful presentation!

We would like to express our fond appreciation to Mr. Kevin Xu (Director, Sales & Business Development), Ms. Emily Zhang (Chief Financial Officer) and Ms. Lisa Shen (Senior Sales Manager) at LandSpace for the warm welcome and their time in presenting the activities. Our thanks to our colleagues in Beijing for arranging the visit.

Shanghai & Beijing teams at the Great Wall.

Shanghai & Beijing teams at the Great Wall.

Morning breakout session with Shanghai and Beijing teams.

Morning breakout session with Shanghai and Beijing teams.

In the morning of the 17th, our Shanghai and Beijing teams also held a fruitful breakout session defining strategies, sharing best practices, exploiting synergies as well as tackle the challenges. Each of the sections also presented their 2018 activities and outlook for 2019.

swissnex China takes a Deep Dive into the Future of Logistics with S&TDC

On January 14, swissnex China joined its peers from the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle for its first event in 2019, which was a visit to Alibaba Group's Cainiao Future Park in Wuxi. The logistics arm of the leading Chinese e-commerce platform is highly innovative and ambitious.

Group photo with the members of the S&TDC and the hosts of the visit from Alibaba Group.

Group photo with the members of the S&TDC and the hosts of the visit from Alibaba Group.

It was an insightful visit of the largest automated warehouse in China with over 700 robots (= automated guided vehicles or AGVs). Most of the robots seen in action are Quicktron robots able to lift racks up to 500kg and automatically pick up a parcel and deliver it to another part of the warehouse where it is then picked up by a delivery firm. One purpose of the new flagship warehouse is field testing various logistics technologies as well as establishing new standards. The new process has brought significant time savings and improved accuracy reaching 98%. Alibaba invested billions to build a national Internet-based intelligent logistics backbone in China and works nowadays with over 3000 partners worldwide. Its publicly stated goal for the next 5-10 years is to deliver to anyone in China within 24 hours and internationally in 72 hours. In 2018, it took 2.6 days to deliver the 1042 million parcels ordered during 11.11, the Singles Day.

Cainiao is the largest automated warehouse in China with over 700 AGVs | Photo: Quicktron ( PlaceTech )

Cainiao is the largest automated warehouse in China with over 700 AGVs | Photo: Quicktron (PlaceTech)

On the statistics side, Cainiao covers internationally 224 countries and regions and domestically more than 2700 counties and villages, is connected with over 3 million express courier personnel, and processes 16 trillion pieces of logistics data per day. The smart logistic network has a daily average package volume of 69 million connected to the whole society. Cainiao is developing highly innovative solutions and technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), unmanned vehicles, express towers, cabinets which can be unlocked using facial recognition, and many more. Some of those technologies are already in use as pilot projects in some university towns.

Delivery speed growth from 2009-2018 | Graphic: Cainiao Network ( Alizina )

Delivery speed growth from 2009-2018 | Graphic: Cainiao Network (Alizina)

Future of Money series: Sino-Swiss Luncheon Talk on Blockchain Trends

Shanghai, October 25 – Continuing the Future of Money series, swissnex China co-organized ‘BlockchainBites’, our first Blockchain luncheon. The speakers were Dr. Wei Cheng, Co-Founder of ChainFunder (top tier Chinese CryptoFund) and Quentin Reyes, Junior Project Leader on Blockchain at swissnex China. They both focused about the latest blockchain trends and perspectives in Switzerland and China. After Quentin gave an in-depth overview of the Swiss Fintech and Blockchain landscape and the new “Blockchain Center” at the University of Zurich, Dr. Cheng talked about blockchain developments in China and the latest “Dos” and “Don‘ts” in an interview format. The dialogue finally moved into an active Q&A with the 80 people in the audience.

Welcoming words by swissnex CEO Felix Moesner and SwissCham Vice President Gianna Abegg

Welcoming words by swissnex CEO Felix Moesner and SwissCham Vice President Gianna Abegg

Quentin Reyes, swissnex China interviewed Dr. Wei Cheng, ChainFunder

Quentin Reyes, swissnex China interviewed Dr. Wei Cheng, ChainFunder

An active audience of 80 people joined the Blcokchain luncheon

An active audience of 80 people joined the Blcokchain luncheon

Registration for the luncheon

Registration for the luncheon

This event “BlockchainBites” was in partnership with SwissCham (Digitalization Committee), UZH Alumni Shanghai and Presence Switzerland and held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai.

Background: The "Future of Money" series on FinTech by swissnex China was held in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and focused on Blockchain and AI in WealthTech. The event BlockchainBites is the 7th event of this series in Greater China.

Makiko Aikawa & Gianna Abegg (Co-Presidents UZH Alumni Shanghai), Quentin Reyes, Dr. Wei Cheng and Felix Moesner

Makiko Aikawa & Gianna Abegg (Co-Presidents UZH Alumni Shanghai), Quentin Reyes, Dr. Wei Cheng and Felix Moesner

swissnex China 2018 Year-End Events & Insights

by Quentin Gigon, Junior Project Manager - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

While the year is coming to the end, the technology community in Shanghai is still going strong, and as such swissnex China had the pleasure of being invited to a few conferences and events about various tech related topics. Read more below.

Plug and Play China 2018 Winter Summit

Based in Silicon Valley, Plug and Play is one of the largest startup accelerators in the world. It has helped grow companies such as PayPal, Google, DropBox, SoundHound etc. In China, Plug and Play has invested in more than 200 startups and accelerated over 500 startups.

Fintech Selection Day

The Fintech Selection Day, which saw 20 Fintech startups pitching from fields such as big data analysis, flash payments, and meteorological risk analysis, as well as the inauguration of Plug and Play's new Blockchain Innovation Lab.

Supply Chain | Brand & Retail Focus Day

Brand & Retail / Supply Chain Tech Focus Day, with 12 startups pitching and demonstrating innovative new retail concepts on the one hand, as well as disruptive unmanned vehicle services on the other. Leon Zhao, one of the panelists at our Homes of Drones event a few weeks ago, was among those pitching with his startup Antwork.

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Fea Consulting / The Blockchainer

FEA-Consulting, a subsidiary company of The Blockchainer, has been holding in-depth and high-end summits in fintech, consumer finance, commercial banking, internet insurance, wealth management, AI, blockchain and digital assets areas for many years. It has so far served more than 5,000 outstanding global companies and 30,000 industry leaders.

Finners City 2018

The Finners City 2018 Digital Finance summit brought together international fintech associations, governments, old & new financial institutions, tech providers, as well as investors to discuss and explore the future of digital finance.

The Summit provided interesting insights into the future of fintech: indeed, there seemed to be a consensus among the fintech associations of Zhejiang, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong, that the next "battleground" of fintech will be in blockchain and data protection.

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Chain Plus

The Blockchainer's conference "Chain Plus +" focusing on the Iterative Development and Regulatory Trends in Blockchain. The event offered interesting insights, particularly in the applications of blockchain technology in various fields including crowdfunding and gaming. The crypto winter was a notably recurring theme in many presentations. Once again, there were some familiar faces at the conference, including Olga Feldmeier of Smart Valor, who will be a speaker at swissnex China’s Blockchain event in Zurich on December 11.

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IPIEC 2018 Global, Swiss Chapter

by Bodong Shi, Sino-Swiss Center Guangzhou

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IPIEC GLOBAL 2018, guided by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information technology, is an entrepreneurial and innovation contest originated in China, aiming to bridge splendid ideas and innovation from overseas to the promising China market. The competition offers selected startups a business development week in China, including meetings with Chinese companies, industry clusters and investors in multiple cities across China.

On October 26th 2018, WTOIP in collaboration with Venturelab hosted the Swiss final of the IPIEC GLOBAL 2018, where 10 startups were pitching for a chance to win up USD 100,000 and a seat for a business roadshow in China. Insightness, Amphasys AG, MORPHEAN and BIOWATCH came out on top, selected as the top 30 IPIEC GLOBAL 2018 global champions, and compete with the world's best players for the $100,000 championship prize; deeply participate in the Chinese roadshow tour, and face-to-face exchanges with investors and potential cooperation agencies across China.

Insightness was selected as TOP 10 advances into Final ceremony of the IPIEC GLOBAL 2018 in Guangzhou on December 13th. MORPHEAN signed cooperation agreement with Chinese partner in Final ceremony.

Representative of Amphasys and Insightness in IPICE 2018 Global Final

Representative of Amphasys and Insightness in IPICE 2018 Global Final

Jordi Montserrat, Co-founder and managing partner of Venturelab, together with Joanna Sapulak, representative of WTOIP hosted the Swiss Chapter

Jordi Montserrat, Co-founder and managing partner of Venturelab, together with Joanna Sapulak, representative of WTOIP hosted the Swiss Chapter

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Swiss Hi-Tech companies’ interaction with audiences


Intro of the 4 companies

- Amphasys focuses on the market development of pollen quality analysis and stands for an innovative and patented new "lab-on-chip"-technology to analyze single cells:  Microfluidic impedance flow cytometry. It allows analysis of almost any kind of single cells from human, animal and plant sources as well as bacteria, yeast and algae. Taking into account that some high quality seeds are more expensive than gold (in weight), the reliable determination of pollen quality obviously becomes a key success factor in the seed production process. The most distinctive measure is viability (cell activity), in addition to count, concentration, size, and cell differentiation.

Amphasys' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

Amphasys' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

 

- BIOWATCH delicates to Wearable safety certification devices which can be used in payment, auto, access control and other areas. Wearable devices coupled with adequate biometric authentication have the power to avoid the cumbersome nature of authentication from daily lives. The products integrate finger vein, NFC and Bluetooth technologies to enable customers to have a better security authentication experience, ensuring user security and privacy. 

BiowarchID' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

BiowarchID' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

- Insightness develops a highly efficient vision sensor technology which is inspired by people's eyes and builds spatial AI solutions (Vision Chip & Software) that allow devices to understand the structure of their environment, how things move and where they are located. The system uses self-designed chips and its tracking speed is 100m/ms which is 100 time faster than others. While this was already successfully deployed in drones, the current focus of Insightness is AR, VR and MR.

Insightness' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Final

Insightness' presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Final

 

- Morphean, specializes in securing the connection of sensors and devices simply, and automatic response from collected data. It has the leading position in the fields of video, audio, big data analysis, artificial intelligence, etc., and uses AI to continuously improve the algorithm for monitoring and forecasting, and improve the platform function to bring business value to customers. There are two main application fields which have been greatly recognized by many customers in Europe:

1. Security & Guarding: To address issues such as access control, remote monitoring, intrusion detection, and perimeter detection;

2. Retail: To solve the problems of biometric identification, passenger flow statistics, consumer behavior analysis, face payment, KPI assessment.

MORPHEAN signed cooperation agreement with Chinese partner in Final ceremony of the IPIEC GLOBAL 2018.

MORPHEAN signed cooperation agreement with Chinese partner in Final ceremony of the IPIEC GLOBAL 2018.

Morphean's presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

Morphean's presentation and Q&A in the IPICE 2018 Global Semifinal

Morphean reached cooperation intention with Chinese Company

Morphean reached cooperation intention with Chinese Company





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