Innovation and Business Start-Ups

University Innovation: From Visionary Idea to a Spin-Off

Pure research provides fertile ground for innovation. Many successful discoveries at UZH have been translated into new products benefiting the public at large.

UZH fosters a research culture that encourages its members to always consider the business potential of their work, providing them with the support they need to commercialize outstanding research.

Every day, UZH signs two research agreements.

UZH is an attractive partner to organizations in the public sector, industry, and other fields seeking collaboration. The University signs more than 500 research collaboration agreements every year.

Every two weeks, UZH registers a new patent.

UZH has a portfolio of more than 300 active patent families designed to facilitate the translation of innovative research into new products.

Every ten days, UZH signs a new license agreement with the private sector.

UZH has a portfolio of more than 300 licences in the fields of biotechnology, medical technology, information and computer technology, and multimedia. You'll find examples of licensed products here.

Every two months, UZH researchers establish a spin-off company.

Since 1999, UZH has seen the creation of more than 100 spin-offs developing or commercializing new products on the basis of UZH technologies. UZH spin-offs have very high rates of survival, with more than 94% still in operation after five years. You'll find a list of all spin-offs established out of UZH here.

Start-up companies

Creative and innovative members of the UZH community form their own start-ups to bring their ideas to market.