The aim of sitem-insel is to translate research findings as quickly as possible into clinical products and services for the benefit of patients. Several institutions of the University of Bern have rented spaces in the sitem-insel building and are supporting it with their research and infrastructure.
Together with research groups from the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, companies from the MedTech, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, start-ups and other partners, they will work on "translating" innovations from medical research into clinical products as quickly as possible in a process similar to the changing of one language to another.
Unique constellation in Switzerland
"The University of Bern has a great interest in translating findings from basic research into products with social and economic benefits," said Christian Leumann, Rector of the University of Bern, at the open day. Furthermore, the unique constellation of sitem-insel in Switzerland as a public-private partnership is an outstanding environment: "It supports the networking of clinicians with researchers from the university as well as with interested parties from the MedTech and pharmaceutical industries."
Research groups from the University of Bern: enriching
For Simon Rothen, CEO of sitem-insel, the university’s interdisciplinary research groups bring a wealth of experience and diversity with them: "They are a great source of enrichment for the sitem-insel community." As an example, Rothen names the School of Dental Medicine in Bern: "They demonstrate what world-class translation is all about." In this way, the successful collaboration between the School of Dental Medicine and the MedTech enterprise Institut Straumann AG has led to globally groundbreaking products and improved patient treatment since the 1970s. The School of Dental Medicine with its labs is the "Dental Research Center" in the sitem building.
The ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research has a proven track record of successful cooperation of engineering and medicine: Leading researchers from the fields of engineering, materials science, computer science, life sciences as well as from clinics work in its eleven interdisciplinary research groups. There are five of these groups and six start-ups at sitem-insel.