The startups are the heartbeat of SHS. We bring startups together with the right partner at the right time. Thus, we have built a network that comprises and benefits the entire Swiss healthcare ecosystem, including industry, healthcare providers, service providers, financiers and other partners. 

Startup Members

This week Swiss Healthcare Startups has 595 startup members reported on the SHS Cortex digital directory.

Industry Members

AWS is the trusted technology and innovation partner to the global healthcare and life sciences industry, providing unmatched reliability, security, and data privacy. With a dedicated team of industry and startup experts, AWS supports Swiss startups to reinvent how they collaborate, make data-driven clinical and operational decisions, enable precision medicine, and decrease the cost of care. AWS supports thousands of startups globally with free access to cloud resources and technical enablement.

Member since: 2022

The CSS Group insures around 1.8 million individuals and is one of Switzerland's leading health insurers. It is the market leader in basic insurance. With more than 100 agencies and around 2,700 employees, the CSS Group is close to its customers. As a health partner, CSS seeks to build new business models in digital health with promising healthcare start-ups.

Member since: 2020

Galenica is the leading fully integrated healthcare provider in Switzerland, and plays an important role in the Swiss healthcare market. It operates the largest pharmacy network in Switzerland, develops its own and partner brands in the categories of medicines, health, prevention and beauty, and it provides distribution services and e-health solutions to the healthcare market.

Member since: 2023

Microsoft empowers people and companies of all sizes and industries to achieve more. With the dedicated Microsoft for Startups Program, also available with data storage in the Swiss datacenters, Microsoft supports cloud-based startups with a B2B focus in growth and scaling through a global ecosystem of customers and partners. The focus is on building a long-term partnership with startups while ensuring that intellectual property is always owned by the inventors and founders.

Member since: 2021

For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.

Member since: 2018

Sandoz, a Novartis division, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. Our purpose is to pioneer access for patients by developing and commercializing novel, affordable approaches that address unmet medical needs. Our ambition is to be the world’s leading and most valued generics company.

Member since: 2019

Sanitas is one of the largest health insurers in Switzerland with 835,000 customers and a premium volume of CHF 2.9 billion. The company offers optimum insurance solutions for all phases of life and develops services in tune with the times, which includes seeking more efficient and differentiated ways of managing the cost of claims.

Member since: 2020

Viatris believes in healthcare as it should be – empowering people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life. Because of the unwavering belief that better access leads to better health, they leverage the best-in-class manufacturing and scientific expertise and proven commercial capabilities to bring quality medicines to patients when and where they need them.

Member since: 2021

Healthcare Provider Members

The Medbase Group operates over 160 medical, pharmaceutical and dental locations in Switzerland. It has significantly expanded its position as a leading service provider for outpatient integrated medicine in recent years. Around 3200 employees provide holistic support to patients, from prevention and acute medicine to rehabilitation. Medbase Corporate Health offers companies specific advice and holistic projects in occupational health management.

Member since: 2022

The Hospitals of Schaffhausen are unifying primary, secondary and tertiary medical care with broadly trained specialists. Based on our geographic location, we have a long history of sharing knowledge with medical technology providers. Our Innovation Board aims to keep the exchange going on. 

Member since: 2021

The Health Innovation Hub is the incubator for startups and entrepreneurship of the University Hospital Zurich. Its goal is to promote startups and entrepreneurship in healthcare by accelerating novel healthcare solutions to improve patients’ lives. The Hub provides a variety of support packages to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in the field of healthcare.

Member since: 2021

Service Provider Members

addvantedge matches healthcare startups with investors - with an unprecedented data-driven benchmarking approach. They support their clients - hands-on and pragmatically - from analysis to implementation, if required with their global consultant network.

Member since: 2021

BV4 has a central role in the healthcare startup ecosystem as it supports startups, corporations, and investors at the same time. The company works with startups in the field of valuation and advises them in the fundraising process. Further, BV4 supports corporations in the scouting and assessment of the most promising startup cases.

Member since: 2021

Cetas Healthcare is a leading global Healthcare advisory firm that offers robust, intelligent, and actionable market and customer insights across all stages of Medical Devices and Diagnostics product lifecycle. Cetas Healthcare helps its clients solve critical business problems and make impactful decisions using their cutting-edge insights derived from robust data and rich analytics. Cetas Healthcare has already supported many Healthcare Startups across Europe with affordable market research projects covering all stages of the product lifecycle and covering a wide range of indications.

Member since: 2021

Effectum Medical facilitates an efficient, accelerated market access for MedTech innovators by offering a maintained Plug-and-play Quality Management System and when needed, acting as legal manufacturer. Their new Plug-and-play QMS is based on a modular concept where startups can pick and choose the services they require.

Member since: 2022

healthinal is your partner for contemporary software in healthcare. They develop beautiful modern mobile and web solutions exclusively for healthcare – for hospitals, psychiatries, physician networks, medical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and ehealth & medtech startups.

Member since: 2021

Health Info Net AG (HIN) protects patient data in the digital world.  For healthcare professionals in Switzerland, HIN is the standard for secure communication and the trustworthy handling of sensitive data. HIN networks healthcare professionals in a simple, secure, and personal manner. 

Member since: 2021

infoteam is one of few software service providers having a certified ISO 13485 QA system in place. Their software meets all relevant standards. Their agile and professional MDR-, IVDR-, FDA-, NMPA- and GMP-compliant software development supports you from the idea to certification of your application.

Member since: 2022

Kellerhals Carrard combines experience and tradition with innovation and entrepreneurial minds. They are deeply rooted in the startup ecosystem and support founders and investors alike in all relevant areas and phases of life of a startup through our dedicated Startup Desk, comprising a specialized team of dynamic lawyers and startup aficionados.

Member since: 2022

Network Partners

About Smarter Healthcare

Swiss Healthcare Startups has launched the pioneering «Smarter Healthcare» project with the support of Migros Pioneer Fund, the development fund of the Migros Group. The project should serve to optimally exploit the potential of the Swiss healthcare system and advance developments in this area.

Smarter Healthcare wishes to make innovation within the healthcare sector both possible and visible through targeted networking and promotion. In performing this work, the project will assume an intermediary role and act as an independent contact partner, both in the digital sphere, for example, with a startup map, as well as at regular networking events. 

Education, research, innovative strength, technology – Switzerland would actually offer the ideal conditions for a progressive healthcare system if it wasn’t for its rigid structures and outdated processes. These often prevent exchanges between the different stakeholders, meaning that the existing potential is not exploited to the fullest. Learn more about Smarter Healthcare


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