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Research, Innovation and Education in Pharma, Medicine and Environment Applications

The FHNW School of Life Sciences (HLS FHNW) consists of four institutes involved in research & innovation (R&I) and education. It cooperates closely with prominent national, EU and international organizations and industries.

The School has applied, industry-driven expertise in health & pharma technology, circular (bio) economy and environmental restoration, as well as biodiversity loss and climate change mitigation, in line with the European Green Deal priorities.

Strategic Equipment, Technologies & Infrastructure

Fully equipped laboratories and pilot plants with state of the art technologies for medical, industrial and environmental (bio-)engineering; equipment, infrastructures for wastewater treatment, biomonitoring and in vitro testing for industry. Click here for the Process Technology Center website.

Pilot scale facilities

  • Fully automated chemical, biochemical and fermentation facilities for down- and up-stream processes
  • Wastewater management system equipped with online biomonitoring (e.g. online toximeters and cell based in vitro test systems). 
  • Solid sterile containment and cleanroom pharmaceutical manufacturing, including individual technologies: semiautomatic filling-finishing, dispersion, comminution, freeze and spray drying, extrusion, compression.

Specific equipments and tools

Additive Manufacturing: 3D-Bioprinters for toxicological and environmental applications as well as 3D-printers for medical engineering applications (Ti, Shape memory NiTi, Ti6Al4V, Ti6Al4V ELI, CoCr 316L, plastics, ceramics)

Medical Engineering: implant surface functionalization, (Micro) CT, DVT, c-arm, REM, tribometry, static and dynamic mechanical testing stands, removal-torque-system, medical 3D-scanning /tracking, ultrasound, IR, movement and gait analysis, high speed camera, EMG, EEG, ECG, endoscopy. Medical Engineering: implant surface functionalization, (Micro) CT, DVT, c-arm, REM, tribometry, static and dynamic mechanical testing stands, removal-torque-system, medical 3D-scanning /tracking, ultrasound, IR, movement and gait analysis, high speed camera, EMG, EEG, ECG, endoscopy. 

Micro and nano scale particle technology: in micro and nano scale, solid state and surface characterization, light scattering, dispersed systems, rheology.Micro and nano scale particle technology: in micro and nano scale, solid state and surface characterization, light scattering, dispersed systems, rheology.

Microscopy platform: SEM, ESEM, TEM, AFM, confocal microscopy.

Chemical synthesis & analyses: DNA- & peptide synthesizer, electro- and photo-chemistry, NMR, GC-MS; HPLC-MS (Ion Trap, qTOF, QqQ, LA-ICP-MS); ICP-MS (QqQ); LC-OCD-OND (drinking water analysis); LDIR chemical imaging system; µXRF, Radioisotope Lab (C-14, H-3); high precision isotopic carbon analyzer, surface plasmon resonance etc.

Single cell analysis and sequencing: Flow cytometers and FACS, TenX system, next generation sequencers (MiSeq and Nextseq 550) & qPCR. 

Flyer Research, Innovation and Education an the Interface of Nature, Medicine and Environment

Cooperation with prominent industries and research organizations and institutions

Previous and current large, European and Lighthouse Projects

The FHNW School of Life Sciences in Horizon 2020 Projects

As a coordinator

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As a partner

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The FHNW School of Life Sciences in Horizon Europe Projects

AgriLoop, MAR2PROTECT, CUMERI, NEXUS, NYMPHE

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In addition, researchers from the FHNW School of Life Sciences are engaged in nationally and internationally funded projects:

Involvement in prominent R&I Networks

  • European Federation of Biotechnology: Vice Presidency, Chair-manship of Environmental Biotechnology division and Vice-Chairmanship of the division Plant, Agriculture and Food
  • Biotechnet: Executive Board member
  • EHEDG: Swiss Regional Presidency
  • PERSEO AG: Board member
  • Biotechnet: Presidency
  • Swiss Tox: Board member
  • SCAHT: Foundation Council member
  • NSF: Swiss Expert assessor
  • IUPAC: Session member
  • SCAHT - Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology; member of the council
  • BRIDGE Swiss National Science Foundation-Innosuisse: board member
  • Sefunda AG: Board of Directors
  • European partnership for the assessment of risks from chemicals (PARC) CH National Hub
  • European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences: Council member
  • Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering: Board member
  • Wallenberg Foundation: Scientific Advisory Board member
  • CSEM: Scientific Advisory Board member
  • IFMBE: Swiss Delegate

FHNW Campus Muttenz

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Hofackerstrasse 30 4132 Muttenz
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