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Innovation: Success through collaboration between research and industry

Innovation: Success through collaboration between research and industry

27. Jun 2024 13:30
Paul Scherrer Institut / Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare, Villigen

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Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is a research institute for natural and engineering sciences,
conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. By performing fundamental and applied research, they work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI develops, constructs and operates complex large research facilities. Every year more than 2500 guest scientists from Switzerland and around the world visits them. Just like PSI’s own researchers, they use their unique facilities to carry out experiments that are not possible anywhere else. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of their staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2200 people, thus being the largest research institute in Switzerland.

Park Innovaare

As one of six innovation parks of the umbrella organization "Switzerland Innovation", the Innovaare Park right next to the PSI promotes the exchange between science and industry. Local companies benefit from the flourishing innovation ecosystem, extensive collaboration opportunities and state-of-the-art office and laboratory space, which are optimally geared to specific R&D requirements, as well as access to first-class research infrastructure. Park Innovaare thus creates an ideal location for innovation.

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1.30pmParticipants arrive at Park Innovaare in Villigen for the Best Practice Meeting together with PSI

Welcome by Thomas Amstutz, Member of the SMG Board of Directors 

Speech by Prof. Dr. Christian Rüegg, Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute:

«Basic research, technology development and innovation at PSI»

Presentation by Robert Rudolph, CEO, Park Innovaare:

«Innovation hubs: linking competencies accelerates innovation»

Presentation by Dr. Marco Ranocchiari, Head of Energy System Integration Platform, PSI: "From the lab to the sky: Technology launch pads for sustainable aviation fuels"

Questions and answers

3.30pmTour of Park Innovaare and PSI: visit to the research infrastructures (Swiss Light Source and Center for Proton Therapy)

Summary and outlook by Thomas Amstutz

PSI / Park Innovaare and SMG invite you to an aperitif.

6.30pmEnd of the event


Center for Proton Therapy (ZPT) 

At PSI's Center for Proton Therapy, cancer patients suffering from certain tumors are treated using the spot scanning technique. This technique was developed at PSI and is a world leader in proton therapy. Cancerous tumors inside the body are irradiated with extreme precision and the surrounding healthy tissue is optimally protected. This is particularly important for tumors in the brain, near nerves or other sensitive areas of the body. Children and young people benefit particularly from this type of treatment.

Synchrotron Light Source Switzerland (SLS)

At the SLS, researchers from PSI and from all over the world conduct cutting-edge research. They use synchrotron light - an extremely intense form of light - to investigate the properties of new materials, decipher the structure of proteins for new drugs or analyze catalytic processes, for example. This synchrotron light is generated by electrons moving at almost the speed of light on a circular path with a circumference of 288 meters, emitting light while being held in their path by strong magnets. In order to remain a world leader in the future, this large-scale research facility, which is unique in Switzerland, is currently being upgraded.

Christian Rüegg
Director PSI
Christian Rüegg is the Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute and a full professor of physics at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne, a professor at the University of Geneva, and an honorary professor at University College London. Rüegg specializes in solid-state physics with a focus on quantum phenomena in magnetism. He has received prestigious awards for his work, including the Lewy-Bertaut Prize and the Nicholas Kurti Science Prize for Europe, as well as an ERC Grant. He has significantly contributed to the use and development of instrumentation at the Swiss neutron source SINQ, and at the European sources ILL and ESS, representing the field in many international forums. He also plays a key role in representing PSI in major cantonal and national innovation initiatives like Park Innovaare, Technopark Aargau, and Switzerland Innovation.
Robert Rudolph
CEO Park Innovaare
Robert Rudolph has been Managing Director of Park Innovaare since 2023. The topics of innovation, technology and digitalization form the common thread in his professional career. He had previously been responsible for digitalization and innovation at the industry association Swissmem since 2012. In various working groups and commissions in Switzerland and the EU, he campaigned for suitable framework conditions for innovation in the tech industry. The "Industry 2025" platform he founded provides SMEs with access to the topic of Industry 4.0. As head of the technology transfer office at PSI, Robert Rudolph got to know the research landscape from 2005 to 2012.
Marco Ranocchiari
Leader of the Energy System Integration Platform, PSI
After completing his BSc and MSc in chemistry at the University of Milano, Marco Ranocchiari pursued his PhD at ETH Zurich. Joining Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in 2010, he advanced from postdoc to leading the Syncat group, focusing on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for energy applications. In 2022, he became Leader of Energy System Integration (ESI) at PSI, driving Net Zero Energy transition. He leads the Metafuels project since 2023, aiming to synthesize sustainable aviation fuel and establish a pilot plant by 2025. Additionally, he lectures at ETH Zurich, co-authored a chemistry book for Italian high schools, and co-founded PSI spin-off novoMOF
Thomas Amstutz
Board member SMG, CEO, Feldschlösschen Getränke AG
Thomas Amstutz has been CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Felschlösschen Getränke AG since 2012. After graduating in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), he joined Unilever and worked as Brand Manager in Zurich and as European Innovation Manager in Paris. From 1998, Amstutz served as Hero's Marketing Manager and took over as General Manager of Hero Switzerland in 2001. In 2004, he was appointed to the Executive Board of the Hero Group. From 2005 - 2008, he already headed Feldschlösschen Getränke AG as CEO, before serving as CEO of Brasseries Kronenbourg in Paris for four years and simultaneously holding the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Feldschlösschen Getränke AG.
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Park Innovaare

Parkstrasse 1 

5234 Villigen



Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft

Zeltweg 48, 8032 Zürich, 

Telefon +41 44 202 23 25

Arrival by public transport

Use the bus stop "Park Innovaare". From Brugg AG (Zurich-Basel/Bern route) take the bus (line 376 Brugg-PSI-Böttstein- Döttingen). From Siggenthal/Würenlingen railroad station, take the bus (line 357 Park Innovaare).

Arrival by car 

From Zurich via Baden, from Bern via Brugg.


Park Innovaare has a paid parking garage (on the right immediately after the entrance to the site). Please note: The barrier can only be opened by presenting a credit card.


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Innovation: Success through collaboration between research and industry

27. Jun 2024 13:30
Paul Scherrer Institut / Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare, Villigen

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