Testimonials on CASE BioMed programs


"The comprehensive advanced program BioBusiness provided us with an excellent overview of what it takes to bring a pharmaceutical innovation from the lab to the market and also about biotech market trends. What I really appreciated was that through the real life experiences, examples, and case studies, the information did not remain only theoretical. Very good program!"

Aino Kalervo, Project Responsible, Sanofi-Aventis

"This program is by far the best program I have ever attended. It gave me the courage and trust to really go the way with my own company. Absolutely incredible program. The quality of the speakers is just world class. The organization and the minds behind the program are brilliant. This also changed my perception of USI as one important player in education of current and future entrepreneurs in Switzerland and globally. I will highly recommend the program."

Dr. Patrick Kugelmeier, Oberarzt, Chirurgie, Zurigo

"The advanced program on BioBusiness at Università della Svizzera italiana was an excellent opportunity to gain deeper insights into the Life Science Business with exceptional tutorials. It was a valuable experience to foster our business."

Dr. Jens M. Kelm, InSphero AG, Head of Product Management

"BioBusiness is a unique opportunity for young entrepreneurs from all horizons to share with and learn from others. The smart choice of speakers, technical experts and experienced entrepreneurs covers all topics required for a successful biotech endeavor. This is also a chance to network with industry professionals, scientists and investors in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

Dr. Thomas Fessard, Head of Chemistry and Drug Discovery, Lipideon Biotechnology AG

"BioBusiness is a high tech week with heart and soul. The program provides a professional basis and sustainable network with other entrepreneurs and the professionals around. We are proud that we could participate."

Dr. Frank Grossmann, founder and CEO, Orphanbiotech

"Not only the program provides the theory on sales&marketing, finance, valuation and business planning, but also very pragmatic advice on how to put all those textbook concepts into practice when one is just out of academia and only beginning to build a commercial company. Very few, if any, programs can achieve such balanced and comprehensive overview across pharma, biotech, start-ups and investment sectors within a short time of 5 days."

Maria Krestyaninova, Director, Uniquer Sarl

"This is one of the best and most valuable program that I have ever attended. Content, form and location (USI, Lugano) were perfect."

Dr. Christian Mittelholzer, CSO, Alpha-O Peptides

"The level of the participants and of the experienced lecturers was extremely high. Our team could profit from the extensive discussions and from a very open exchange of entrepreneurial experiences and ideas. The completeness of the program, the relevance of all the modules and the level of the invited lecturers and seminars make it a must have for entrepreneurs in Life Sciences. We regret not attending the program earlier in order to boost our early phase of opportunity recognition and business case creation. We have been also very impressed by the heterogeneity of the participants and by everyone’s positive attitude and willingness to share."

Luca Zenone, co-founder, COO and Head of Finances, and Martin Ostermaier, CEO, Interax Biotech AG

"The immersion into the entrepreneurship world shaped my strategic view about efficient approaches to technology leaders and business partners. I found it very helpful to learn about investor expectations in detail and how to prepare winning business plans as well as effective, targeted presentations. Another important element was how to nurture the early relationship with funding syndicates through the development of ‘soft’ skills."

Duncan Sutherland, CEO, TwentyGreen

"The lecturers and workshops given in the program gave me a unique overview and in depth understanding of the complex matter to start a business in bio sciences. I think each and every start-up entrepreneur in the life science area should profit from this unique opportunity. This high quality program will foster the life science start-up scene in Switzerland."

Philipp Knechtle, CEO, Selmod GmbH

"My partner Ralf Streichan and I participated in the BioBusiness program at USI one in 2011 and the other in 2012. We specifically asked CTI to grant us a second participation because of the excellence of the advanced program, which provides an outstanding mixture of lectures on legal and financial business aspects as well as interactive seminars focusing on business models and marketing strategies. The combination of information presentation, working in-class on tasks along with the networking throughout that week it is impossible to say what the best part was. In my opinion this program is a ‘must-see’ for entrepreneurs, who originate in sciences and discover new ground by building their own organization."

Nils Goedecke, CEO and founder, MicroDuits GmbH

"The program is outstanding and brings immediate and measurable value to my company."

Stavros Therianos, CEO and founder, Diagnoplex


"I am not an entrepreneur, but being involved in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments allowed me to fully appreciate the program and its lecturers. I particularly liked the strong bonds that the program managed to create between participants involving all of us in the development of a project. The real life examples given by lecturers contributed in creating a very proactive atmosphere. Another important aspect was the networking opportunity with great-minded people, both from the audience and from the speakers, a clear advantage for both entrepreneurs and investors."

Massimo Colnago, Senior Analyst, Onelife Advisors SA

"Thousand thanks for the organization of this high-quality program. It was a tremendous experience, and valuable help to improve our business proposition and have it challenged by international experts!"

Davor Kosanic, SamanTree Medical

"This excellent and perfectly organized program in a small and almost familiar context provided great benefits for our company in the critical phase of making the step from proof of concept / prototype to building a device to be certified and placed on the market. The experts I had the opportunity to meet were able to answer crucial and very specific questions, while the intense discussions with other participants provided us with interesting points of view. The quality of the program was extraordinary and it provided the best overviews on critical topics within the successful development of a medical device I have ever heard."

Michael Peyer, Head of Electronic Development, AOT – Advanced Osteotomy Tools AG

"Participating in the program week was a great opportunity. I feel stronger in my work now, with better knowledge on many things and confirmation on other aspects. I will carry with me new competencies and enjoy new friends."

Francesco Cecchini Manara, Gondola Medical Technologies SA

"I can highly recommend this program to any scientist planning to dive into the MedTech start-up world, as it gives an outstanding introduction to this field."

Fabienne Hartmann-Fritsch, CUTISS

"A professional organization combined with international and experienced lecturers resulted in an inspiring program that shaped my strategic view about the efficient approach to technology leaders and business partners. It provided me – among other things – with a useful introduction of supportive start-up organizations in Switzerland and how to benefit from their networks and tools."

Frank Berlinghoff, CEO mininavident AG

"The program was a fantastic experience - I gained both valuable insights and new connections and even made new friends! Thank you very very much for all your hard effort and your personal dedication to make this possible."

Valentin Splett, Ability Rehab Solutions