Swissbiolabs — where science meets business

Swissbiolabs wants to dynamize the Swiss city of Olten and its surroundings with new promising start-up companies. We thrive to achieve this by supporting start-up industries in the diagnostics area and by promoting their promising business ideas and talents. Our main focus is on industries and start-ups in the field of life sciences and E‑health.

Swissbiolabs is closely linked to the local as well as the cantonal business development associations. In addition, we are working with the University of Applied Sciences of North-West Switzerland, in particular the School of Life Sciences, and Swiss diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.

Since our beginning, we have successfully helped promising start-ups in the diagnostics area to get direct contact with specialists from universities, industries, and venture capital.

Annually, we organize three events. They bring together young entrepreneurs and start-ups in the diagnostics area with representatives from universities, from diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies, and from venture capital.

Swissbiolabs — where scientists, entrepreneurs, economic experts, and investors meet and support knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship

“The Swiss­bi­o­lab start-up day and the Swiss­bi­o­labs award helped BioRepe­ria to be more vis­i­ble in Switzer­land. The day had a per­fect mix of strate­gic peo­ple in phar­ma, reg­u­la­to­ry affairs, and investors that we now have in our net­work. We since have expand­ed our mar­ket and start­ed a Swiss enti­ty in Decem­ber 2019!”

Anna Fahlgren from BioRepe­ria 

Win­ner of the 2019 Swiss­bi­o­labs — where sci­ence meets busi­ness award

“Win­ning the Start-Up Chal­lenge pro­vid­ed us vis­i­bil­i­ty and valu­able con­tacts in the sec­tor.”

Peter Ruff from Exploris AG

Win­ner of the 2018 Swiss­bi­o­labs — where sci­ence meets busi­ness award.

“Swiss­bi­o­labs was the first start­up com­pe­ti­tion we took part in. At the time we just had a fresh busi­ness idea and a first draft of Busi­ness Plan. We won the 1st award and sud­den­ly every­thing accel­er­at­ed! The PR and vis­i­bil­i­ty that we received attract­ed coach­es, investors, start­up accel­er­a­tors and many oth­er stake­hold­ers that have sup­port­ed us all the way until now. Recent­ly, we closed series A round includ­ing the investors we met in Olten in 2017.”

Danu­ta Cichoc­ka from Resistell

Win­ner of the 2017 Swiss­bi­o­labs — where sci­ence meets busi­ness award.

“We met one of our cur­rent investors at the Swiss­bi­o­labs Start-Up Day in 2017. The unique part about Swiss­bi­o­labs is that it focus­es on clin­i­cal diag­nos­tics — an emerg­ing but still large­ly neglect­ed top­ic in health­care. It brings togeth­er experts from uni­ver­si­ties, ven­ture cap­i­tal, indus­tries, and oth­er start-ups. A unique chance to enlarge your net­work, espe­cial­ly when it comes to fund­ing inno­va­tion and reim­burs­ing diag­nos­tic appli­ca­tions”.

Peter Nestorov, founder and CEO at Scai­lyte AG

2nd of the 2017 Swiss­bi­o­labs — where sci­ence meets busi­ness award

Our events

In partnership with Basel Area Swiss we host three events per year. The Swiss Diagnostics Start-Up Day takes place annually in the city of Olten while additionally a topic-based side event is organised in Basel.

The next date for the Swiss Diagnostics Start-Up Day will be communicated soon!

Get to know the finalists of the Swissbiolabs Award, follow their fascinating presentations, and participate in discussions with representatives from industry and universities.

There are many reasons to apply for the Swissbiolabs Award 2021. The access to the Swissbiolabs jury, to the Swissbiolabs network, its sponsors and benefit from our expertise and support.

Community Event

Learn more about the many advantages the Swissibolabs Community Event.

Present your idea and win the Swissbiolabs Award!

Take the chance and present your business idea at the Swiss Diagnostics Start-Up Day to an expert jury and investors and become a part of our diagnostics start-up accelerator. Every presented business idea will be rated by our expert jury. The best idea will be awarded the “Swissbiolabs Award 2021”.

Read the 5 reasons why you should attend the Swissbiolabs Award here. 


Participate in the 5th Swissbiolabs Start-Up Day!

And become part of the Swissbiolabs network.

During the 5th Swissbiolabs Start-Up Day 2021, our expert jury will select the winners of the Swissbiolabs Award 2021. You will be able to meet start-ups and entrepreneurs at our tabletop exhibition. You will also be able to meet our experts and jury members during the coffee and lunch break as well as during the get-together. 


Take advantage of the unique benefits of the Swissbiolbas accelerator!

The Swissbiolabs accelerator is unique. Its the only hub in Switzerland with a clear focus on innovative diagnostic products and projects. It is situated in the heart of Switzerland with perfect accessibility by train and car.

The accelerator is, in addition, part of a large network of experts in business development, research & development, regulatory affairs, legal, and finance.


The core and base of Swissbiolabs is its non-commercial association, the «Förderverein Swissbiolabs».

Our goal is to dynamize the city of Olten and its surroundings with new promising start-up companies. The association is responsible for fundraising, building, and developing the accelerator’s infrastructure and services. Furthermore, it is supporting and serving its members with useful information or access to special events.

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