Science and innovation are the basis for the economic success of our science industries. In 2016 scienceindustries members invested around CHF 7 billion in research and development in Switzerland, a third of their worldwide research investments.
Member companies focus on specialties, mainly pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, vitamins, crop protection agents, flavours and fragrances and fine chemicals. Specialty chemicals for industry purposes, pigments and dyestuffs constitute the rest.
Our success is based upon well-equipped regional centres, comprising universities, private research institutes and companies.
Swiss companies help drive research around the world, and leaders have research activities in the US, Singapore, Japan, as well as EU facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany. Collaboration with and investments in other companies are growing. Biotech companies are particularly important in identifying and developing new ideas, new technologies and innovative products. Companies in north-western Switzerland allocate around 20% of their R&D budgets to co-operative projects with external research groups.