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Biopôle is a science park of 80,000 square metres destined to host companies whose main activity is in the life sciences field. While it is open to all therapeutic areas, the main focus is on developing innovative solutions in the fields of oncology, immunology and personalised medicine.[1] Biopôle offers space for industrial research and development or administrative use.

The Biopôle is owned at 98% by the Canton of Vaud.[1] It is located in Épalinges, to the north of Lausanne and is the first of its kind in French-speaking part of Switzerland. The Biopôle site is located at the intersection of the large Lausanne campus, complementing the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Lausanne and the major industrial concerns.


The Center for Immunology and Infection Lausanne (CIIL), UNIL-CHUV, next to the Biopôle, in Épalinges.

Biopole SA was established in 2004 as a limited company by the public authorities of the Canton of Vaud, who are the major shareholders. In November 2005, the company presented its shareholders with the development plan of the site, together with its business plan. The aims of the company are to develop by the year 2015 more than 60,000 square metres of rental space, which would allow over 2,000 people to come and work on the site. In autumn 2007 work began on the first Biopôle building, and at the end of 2008 the first tenants moved in.


The park is composed of four zones:

  • A1 The showcase area: 3 main buildings covering 10,000 square metres and containing the Biopôle offices and the first companies that have chosen to occupy the site.
  • A2 La Corniche: 24,000 square metres dedicated to technology, R&D activities, biotechnology or life sciences.
  • A3 La Terrasse: 23,000 square metres allocated to offices or laboratories.
  • A4 Le Plateau: 13,000 square metres, operational from 2013
  • RCE The Epalinges Research Centre: adjacent to the Biopôle area, compleing the park

Biopôle in figures[edit]

As of February 2016 the site accounts:

  • 1 dynamic community
  • 600+ diverse talents
  • 80,000m2 of landscape
  • Up to 134,000m2 of offices and laboratories
  • 14 technology platforms
  • 10 research units from 2 major research institutions (CHUV and UNIL)
  • 22 life science companies
  • In the vicinity of four universities and eleven specialised schools and institutes
  • 50 km from the Geneva Airport

Companies on site[edit]

  • ADC Therapeutics SA
  • Adipogen S.A.
  • Anergis SA
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals
  • BDO SA
  • Biomapas SA
  • Biopôle Dental Clinic SA
  • CILE - Centre d'Imagerie de Lausanne-Epalinges
  • Clinopsis SA
  • CRIC - Centre Romand d'IRM Cardio-vasculaire
  • Deerfield healthcare
  • Facilitim Sàrl
  • Flexdental Services SA
  • Fondation Institut Suisse des Vitamines
  • Fondation vaudoise pour le dépistage du cancer (FVDC)
  • INCITO Communication
  • Innovaud
  • Institut universitaire romand de santé au travail (IST)
  • Laboratoire de Biogénèse Appliquée
  • Laboratoire de Pathologie et Cytologie
  • Legacy HealthCare
  • MvLab (MicroVu Swiss Metrology Center)
  • Mymetics SA
  • Nestlé Health Sciences
  • Novigenix
  • Outsourcing-Development
  • Parenthèse NOW* - Agence de communication
  • Pharmacies BENU SA
  • PRECLIN Biosystems SA
  • Relay Hub
  • Restaurant Les Croisettes
  • SimplicityBio SA
  • Transfusion Interégionale CRS SA
  • UBS Switzerland AG
  • Unilabs Cypa
  • Vaud BioMed Partnering Association
  • Vaudoise Assurances
  • VidyMed SA
  • Violier SA
  • Xigen SA

Institutional partners[edit]

Scientific and university partners[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b (French) Willy Boder, "Le Biopôle vaudois se relance", Le temps, 11 July 2016 (page visited on 16 September 2016).

See also[edit]

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