Tätigkeit an der FHNW von Daniel Gygax


Academic Training


Diploma in Biology, Biocentre of the University of Basel. 1975-1979



Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biocentre of the University of Basel.

Thesis advisor: Prof. Dr. Jakob Nüesch




Postdoctoral Research in applied Enzymology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.

Advisor: Prof. Dr. G.M. Whitesides


Professional Experience

Research Scientist

Applied Enzymology at Central Research Laboratories of Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel.



Head of Immunoanalytics

Bioanalytics in preclinical Development of Novartis Pharma AG, Basel.



Professor of  Bioanalytics and Biotechnology

School of Life Sciences FHNW, Muttenz/Basel.

1999- present

Head of  Bachelor curriculum “Molecular Life Sciences” 2006-present

Head of Bioanalytics and Innovative Platform in-vitro diagnostics.



Extramural activities

Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Basel.



Lecturer at the Department of Biology at the University of Palermo.



President of Biotechnet Switzerland. Network of research organisation in the field of biotechnology.


President of NTN Swiss Biotech. CTI promoted KTT network.




Member of the Scientific Advisory Board. 2009-present


SATW  (Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences)

Member of the scientific board. 2005-2012

President of the commission applied biosciences. 2006-present

Full member since 2009



Member of the Steering Committee since 2011

Chairman of supervisory group of the study “Robotics and autonomous devices in the social sector”


Allocyte Pharmaceuticals AG, Basel

Co-founder of a start-up company in drug discovery (2011)


Research Interests

Translational R&D in Bioanalytics and diagnostics. Biosensor and calorimetry based biospecific interaction analysis.

-  Co-development of 4 diagnostic test kits with Bühlmann Laboratories AG, Switzerland

-  >8 mio $ funds over 7 years

-  >40 Scientific publication

-  16 Projects granted by CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation, federal government of Switzerland)

-  5 Patents


Ciba-Geigy Mach Mit Award 1992 für ein Projekt zum Re-engineering von Abläufen von bioanalytischen Methoden basierend auf dem Sensitivitätsmodell von Frederic Vester.


Novartis Project Team Award 1999 for excellent team work during the development of the drug Xolair.


Award for applied research of Kanton Basel-Landschaft 2004 for successful development and establishment of biotechnology at the School of Life Sciences FHNW.


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Prof. Dr. Daniel Gygax

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Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW
Hochschule für Life Sciences
Institut für Chemie und Bioanalytik

Gründenstrasse 40, 4132 Muttenz Schweiz

+41 61 228 55 79 (Direkt)
+41 61 228 55 55 (Zentrale)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Gygax

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