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Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology

Coordinates: 46°59′51″N 6°56′51″E / 46.99750°N 6.94750°E / 46.99750; 6.94750
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Company typeS.A. (corporation)
IndustryAstrophysics, Automation, Energy, Food, Healthcare, Information and communications technology, Life sciences, Photovoltaics, Security, Space, Transportation, Watchmaking
HeadquartersNeuchâtel, Switzerland.
Key people
Alexandre Pauchard (CEO), Andreas Rickenbacker (Chairman)[1][2]
ServicesSmall series production, R&D, IP, Consulting, Prototyping
Revenue100.4 million CHF[3]
Number of employees

The CSEM is a Swiss research and development centre (R&D) active in the fields of precision manufacturing, digitalization, and renewable energy.[4] It follows a public-private not-for-profit partnership model. CSEM develops and transfers technologies that are considered relevant in progressing the Swiss national economy.[5] CSEM is a R&D Center of Science and technology in Switzerland.



CSEM’s mission is to develop and transfer technologies to the industrial sector to reinforce the sector’s competitive advantage. It works towards building ties between higher education institutions and partners in Industry, and aims to help entrepreneurs with the creation of start-up companies. CSEM’s headquarters are located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It also has five sites in the Swiss cities of: Alpnach, Allschwil, Bern, Landquart, and at the Technopark Zürich.

History of its geographical expansion


Over the years, CSEM has expanded its presence and capabilities through the establishment of various research centers.

1997 – Zurich Site. In 1997, CSEM integrated the former micro-optical laboratories of the Paul Scherrer Institut in Zurich, Switzerland.[6] This integration allowed CSEM to broaden its technological offerings while strengthening its presence within Switzerland.

2001 – Alpnach Site. In 2001, CSEM launched a new research center, CSEM Alpnach, in Alpnach, Switzerland.[7] The focus was on generating interactions and exploiting synergy effects in the domain of microrobotics.

2007 – Neuchatel Observatory. In 2007, CSEM integrated the Neuchâtel Observatory into its organization.[8] The primary objective of this takeover was to associate the observatory's Time-Frequency laboratory with the University of Neuchâtel and to continue pursuing fundamental and applied research activities.[9]

2007 – Landquart Site. In the same year, CSEM established another research center, CSEM Landquart, in Landquart, Switzerland.[10] This center received support from the cantonal government of Graubünden and focused on developing new technologies and competencies in nanomedicine while contributing to the economic fabric of the Rhine Alpine Valley.

2022 – Allschwil Site (previously opened in Muttenz in 2011). In 2022, CSEM relocated its Basel site, previously opened in Muttenz in 2011,[11] to the Switzerland Innovation Park in Allschwil, Switzerland.[12] This move aimed to boost CSEM's activities in Tools for Life Sciences.

2022 – Bern Site. Also in 2022, CSEM opened a new office in Bern, Switzerland, located close to the University Hospital Bern.[13] The purpose of this office was to further expand CSEM's activities in digital health, with a specific focus on wearable medical devices.[14]



CSEM was founded in 1984 by The Swiss Federal Council. It was created to provide Switzerland with a research and development (R&D) center that would enable the country to keep pace with technological innovation. Presently, CSEM operates as a Research and Technology Organization (RTO). In 1984, the City of Neuchâtel, in the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was chosen as the location for the new research and development center due to its long tradition in watchmaking and its heritage in manufacturing industrial, precision, and mechanical components.[15]

CSEM[16] was formed by merging three different companies:

Today, CSEM has over 566[3] employees, and operates throughout Switzerland.

Former CSEM chief executive officers

1984 - 1990 Max Forrer[18] († 2019)
1990 - 1997 Peter Pfluger[18]
1997 - 2009 Thomas Hinderling[19] († 2011)
2009 - 2021 Mario El-Khoury
2021 - Alexandre Pauchard[20]

Recognitions & Awards


The company has received several notable recognitions and awards for its technological advancements.

  • In 2021, the company's "personalized skin on demand" technology, developed in collaboration with CUTISS AG, received the 3rd prize in the "Delivered Impact" category at the EARTO Innovation Awards.[21] This automated technology facilitates the production of large, bioengineered skin grafts.
  • In 2020, the company's optical blood pressure monitoring technology secured the 2nd place at the EARTO Innovation Awards.[22] This innovation enables continuous blood pressure monitoring without the use of a cuff.
  • In 2020, Jean-Dominique Decotignie was honored with IEEE Life Membership for his notable contributions to the development of real-time wireless sensor networks, with a focus on safety-critical applications.[23] [24]
  • The company was awarded the Hermès Prize for Innovation in 2017.[25] This award recognized the company's efforts to enhance the quality of life for individuals and society through the introduction and development of innovative products.
  • In 2016, CSEM and ONERA (Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales) jointly received the CCIFS Innovation Trophy for their collaborative work on pressure-sensitive paint used in transonic wind tunnels to improve aircraft safety and performance.[26]
  • Christophe Ballif was honored with the Becquerel Prize in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to research in solar technologies.[27] [28]
  • Also in 2016, Nico de Rooij was elected as an MNE Fellow[29] in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems).

Notes and references

  1. ^ Source: Organic & Printed Electronics | CSEM nominates new chair of the board
  2. ^ Source: Greater Zurich Area| CSEM achieves successful results
  3. ^ a b c Source: CSEM | Key Figures 2022
  4. ^ Source: CSEM | Research Programs
  5. ^ Source: Greater Geneva Bern area | Top innovations out of Neuchâtel’s CSEM
  6. ^ "History of PSI | About PSI | Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)". www.psi.ch. Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  7. ^ "Micro Center Central-Switzerland". regiosuisse.ch (in German). Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  8. ^ "L'Observatoire – Association EspaceTemps" (in French). Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  9. ^ https://www.ne.ch/autorites/GC/objets/Documents/Rapports/2007/07001_CE.pdf Source: Canton of Neuchatel (French)
  10. ^ "Regierung setzt sich für den Aufbau und die Ansiedlung des CSEM Forschungszentrums für Nanomedizin in Landquart ein". www.gr.ch. Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  11. ^ https://www.baselland.ch/politik-und-behorden/direktionen/bildungs-kultur-und-sportdirektion/medienmitteilungen/wissenschaft-und-innovation-eroffnung-des-csem-in Source: Canton Basel Country (German)
  12. ^ Jermann, Hans-Martin (2022-09-14). "Forschungszentrum zieht in den Allschwiler Bachgraben um". bz Basel (in German). Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  13. ^ "Finanzkommission unterstützt Mikrotech-Zentrum und freut sich über positiven Rechnungsabschluss". Kanton Bern (in German). Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  14. ^ "Am Inselspital gibt es bald ein neues «Digital Health Center»". www.medinside.ch (in German). Retrieved 2024-02-16.
  15. ^ Source: Europastar | In the white rooms of CSEM
  16. ^ The History of the First Swiss Quartz Watch
  17. ^ Source: Images du Patrimoine (in French)
  18. ^ a b "Jean Cavadini: "Neuchâtel entend affirmer sa vocation"" (in French). L'Impartial. March 3, 1990. p. 15.
  19. ^ "Le directeur du CSEM passe la main" (in French). L'Expressl. October 6, 2009. p. 3.
  20. ^ "Alexandre Pauchard à la tête du CSEM" (html) (in French). CNCI.
  21. ^ Source: EARTO.eu | CSEM – Personalised skin on demand
  22. ^ Source: EARTO.eu | CSEM – Non-obtrusive technique needed
  23. ^ Source: IEEE Fellows Directory | Jean-Dominique Decotignie
  24. ^ Source: CSEM | 2020 IEEE Lifetime Member to Jean-Do Decotignie
  25. ^ Source: Club de Paris des Directeurs de l'Innovation | Grand prix international des innovations humanistes (in French)
  26. ^ Source: Polymedia SA | rophées du commerce franco-suisse pour le CSEM et l’ONERA (in French)
  27. ^ / Source: Becquerel Prize | European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics
  28. ^ / Source: Becquerel Prize | From power to aesthetics, from nanoto terawatts : how can solar change people?
  29. ^ / Source: Micro and nano Engineering | MNE Fellow Award 2016

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