In Memoriam: Prof. Charles Sheppard OBE Ph.D.

We were saddened to hear that Prof. Charles Sheppard recently passed away at his home in Scotland.  Charles was a passionate advocate for the creation of the Chagos Archipelago MPA and a talented scientist who advanced our understanding of how climate change is affecting coral reefs. The Bertarelli Foundation was very pleased to be able […]

$75m gift to Harvard Medical School will advance basic scientific discovery and therapeutic science

New atrium will be created and iconic campus building to be renamed The Bertarelli Foundation has pledged $75 million to advance basic scientific discovery and therapeutic science at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The gift will set in motion plans to transform the outdoor courtyard of Building C – the last remaining unnamed building on the […]

2022 #BertarelliNeuro Symposium

On Monday October 17th, the New Research Building at Harvard Medical School (HMS) hosted this year’s Bertarelli Foundation Neuroscience Symposium, which returned as an event for its 9th edition after a three-year pandemic-enforced hiatus. The theme of this year’s Symposium was Understanding and Conquering Pain, which was put together by HMS Professors David Ginty, Clifford […]

Babson College’s Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Babson College today announced the naming of the Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, a learning hub that will extend Babson’s founding mission, amplifying the capacity of enterprising families around the world to create economic value and social impact built upon the foundation of stronger family relationships. The Institute is made possible by a generous gift from the Bertarelli […]

YMCA North Staffordshire Awarded Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A North Staffordshire charity is celebrating today after receiving a prestigious national award. YMCA North Staffordshire, which has operated within the city for over 170 years, was selected for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in its Promoting Opportunities category. The Queen’s Awards are the most prestigious awards for business, celebrating the outstanding achievements of organisations […]

First round of Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund grants awarded

Following the establishment of the Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 2019, the first round of grants was awarded in 2020, with more than $9 million distributed to nine teams representing more than 19 lead and co-lead investigators across HMS and its affiliated hospitals. Research kicked off this winter. HMS Dean […]

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 […]