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Open Innovation Webinar -Exploring the potential for collaboration in the Swiss digital health sector (Organized by JETRO)

In Switzerland, the digital health sector has been active, with a thriving ecosystem of research, innovation, and industry.


This webinar will focus on the Canton of Neuchâtel and its digital health ecosystem.


The Canton of Neuchâtel has been the center of the Swiss watch industry since early modern times and is now known for its technological prowess in microtechnology and high-tech research.


In this webinar, we will learn about the digital health ecosystem and activities of the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland’s leading research and development institution, and MicroCity, the cantonal technology park. In addition, three startups with promising technologies in the fields of apnea diagnosis, cancer prevention, and elderly care will be introduced. We look forward to seeing you there.


Date and time

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

17:00 – 18:15 (Japan Standard Time/JST)

9:00 – 10:15 (European Central Time/CET)


MethodOnline (Live Streaming/Using the web conference tool “ZOOM”)


Participation FeeFree of charge


CapacityMax. 100


LanguageEnglish/Japanese(simultaneous translation)


How to register

Please register in advance via the following website, no later than 23:59 on Monday, February 14, 2022


Official website

(Japanese only)


Program (Japan time)

17:00 – 17:05 Explanation of ZOOM functions

17:05 – 17:10

“Overview of the Swiss Tech Industry” by Mr. Tsuguo Takegami, Director, JETRO Geneva


17:10 – 17:15

“Introduction of GGBa (Greater Geneva Berne Area)”

Mr. Thomas Bohn, Executive Director, GGBa

(Introduction of the organization)

The Greater Geneva Bern Area (GGBa) is a joint public investment promotion agency established in 2010 by the cantons. It covers the western part of Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Bern, Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Valais) and supports the expansion of foreign companies in cooperation with the cantonal investment promotion agencies.


17:15 – 17:25

“Connected health as a driver of the digital transformation in Healthcare”

Mr. Jens Krauss, Vice President, Systems, CSEM

(Introduction of the organization)

Founded in 1984, CSEM is Switzerland’s leading public-private research and development organization, based in Neuchâtel. Founded in 1984, it works with start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations to transfer basic research and new technologies to industry. It has a particular focus on the three fields of digital technology, precision machinery, and renewable energy, and conducts joint and contract research with 225 companies around the world.


17:25 – 17:35

“Microcity startup incubator: accelerating a deep-tech ecosystem”

Mr. Marc Thurner, Director of the Start-Up Program, Microcity

(Introduction of the organization)

Microcity is an acceleration organization based in Neuchâtel with 600 researchers and 12 laboratories. In collaboration with the government of the Canton of Neuchâtel, CSEM, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, etc., the organization provides coaching, mentoring, funding, and incubation facilities to startups and companies.


17:35 – 17:45

Startup Pitch 1: NetSensing Technology

Mr. Philippe Koller, CEO, NetSensing Technology

(Company Introduction)

Established in 2019. The company develops wearable devices that can inexpensively monitor the status and severity of sleep apnea. The company’s device complies with the requirements of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).


17:45 – 17:55

Startup Pitch 2: Icosamed

Dr. Max Boysset, CEO, Icosamed

(Company Introduction)

The company will develop a clothing-based wearable device that detects early-stage cancer, especially breast cancer. The data collected by the device will be reconstructed by 3D images through an app. The goal is to supplement existing cancer screening and treatment for early detection of cancer.


17:55 – 18:05

Startup Pitch 3: MyElixa

Ms. Silvia Cordoni, CEO MyElixa

(Company Introduction)

MyElixa is a wearable device that measures a person’s water intake and notifies them when they are low on water. If necessary, the data can be shared with remote family members or family doctors via an app to prevent dehydration in the elderly.


18:05 – 18:15

Question and answer session

Moderator: Mr. Tsuguo Takegami, Director, JETRO Geneva


Organized and co-organized by JETRO Geneva Office

GGBa (Greater Geneva and Berne Area)

(Co-organizer) Government of the Canton of Neuchâtel


For more information, please contact

JETRO Geneva Office (Contact: Joukura, Cornier)

Tel: 41-22-732-1304 Fax: 41-22-732-0772