Harvard University Launches the 2021 President’s Innovation Challenge

The Harvard Innovation Labs has launched the 10th Annual President’s Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to bring together the Harvard community to work on compelling solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. For the 2021 Challenge, winning teams will receive $510,000 in prizes from the Bertarelli Foundation.  Ernesto Bertarelli commented: “The Bertarelli Foundation has long recognised the importance of entrepreneurship in […]

Tristan da Cunha creates planet’s fourth-largest fully protected MPA

The Tristan da Cunha Island Council and the British government have announced plans to preserve the unique biodiversity surrounding the world’s most remote inhabited archipelago.  On Friday, 13th November 2020 the Tristan da Cunha Island Council committed to the designation of most of the archipelago’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as a marine protection zone. The […]

Six New Catalyst Fund projects @Campus Biotech

The Catalyst Fund – supported by the Bertarelli Foundation – has selected six research projects to fund this year. Led by professors from EPFL and other Swiss Universities, these projects all aim to develop new treatment options for neurological disorders. Created by the Bertarelli Foundation in 2017, the Catalyst Fund aims to invest in translational […]

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge

$510,000 in Bertarelli Foundation prizes were awarded to ventures across industries during a virtual awards ceremony presented by the Harvard Innovation Labs The 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge (PIC) Awards Ceremony was vastly different to the ones of previous years.  The corona virus pandemic meant that the event was held online rather than on Harvard’s campus […]

Physicists, Biologists and Geneticists Join Forces to Protect the Ocean

Professor Heather Koldewey leads the Bertarelli Foundation’s marine science programme, which is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the ocean. The programme fosters collaborative science that combines the skillsets and disciplines of a range of scientists, all of whom conduct their research in the British Indian Ocean Territory’s Marine Protected Area. Here, Professor Koldewey describes […]

Amputees Merge with their Bionic Leg

Scientists, including from a lab of a Bertarelli Foundation Chair at EPFL, have helped three amputees merge with their bionic prosthetic legs as they climb over various obstacles without having to look. The amputees report using and feeling their bionic leg as part of their own body, thanks to sensory feedback from the prosthetic leg […]

Mackenzie Mathis to hold EPFL’s fourth Bertarelli Foundation Chair

The ETH (strategic manager and supervisor of Switzerland’s federal institutes of technology and research)  Board has appointed Professor Mackenzie Mathis, from Harvard, to hold EPFL’s Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Integrative Neuroscience. How does the brain constantly adapt the commands it sends to the muscles to make our body move? This apparently simple question is one […]

Marine Science Research Continues in the Indian Ocean

Sea bird researchers Dr. Malcolm Nicoll and Hannah Wood from the Zoological Society of London have been working as part of the Bertarelli Foundation’s marine science programme in the Indian Ocean for the last several years.  Returning to the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) twice a year to conduct their field-work is always a highlight […]

Two new Catalyst Fund @Campus Biotech Projects Announced

In 2017, the Bertarelli Foundation made available an amount of 5 million Swiss francs to support the development of some of the most innovative research carried out at Campus Biotech in Geneva. Five projects were selected in 2018. This year, two new projects were chosen by a jury chaired by Pierre Magistretti and were announced at the Bertarelli Symposium. […]

A Week of Science for Switzerland and the Bertarelli Foundation

An important week of science for Switzerland and for the Bertarelli Foundation concluded last Friday with the eighth annual Bertarelli Neuroscience Symposium, the fourth to be held in the country and the second at Campus Biotech. Alongside an audience of scientists and students, also in attendance were delegates from the World Conference of Science Journalists […]

Advances in Genetic Hearing Loss Research

Bertarelli Foundation-funded scientists at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital have published research that describes how they have used a novel gene-editing approach to salvage the hearing of mice with genetic hearing loss. They have succeeded in doing so without any apparent off-target effects as a result of the treatment. The animals—known as Beethoven mice—were treated […]

Scientists Track Hawksbill Turtles for the First Time in the British Indian Ocean Territory

The use of electronic animal tracking has revolutionised marine science and conservation; in recent years, animal tracking has become incredibly sophisticated and allowed scientists to observe behaviours that had so far remained completely unknown.  Tracking devices are getting smaller allowing them to be attached to a wider range of species, whilst at the same time, […]