| News

The innovation campus GRID is filling up

30.06.2020

Two institutes from the University of Basel and a pharmaceutical company are relocating to the GRID innovation campus, which is currently under construction at BaseLink in Allschwil. The new building will also contain the headquarters of the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area in future.

Visualization of the GRID (img: Herzog & de Meuron)

More tenants have signed lease agreement for office space and laboratories at the GRID (in French: Grand Réseau d’Innovation et de Développement). The GRID, which covers a total area of 50,000 square meters, is considered a key pillar in the emerging biotech cluster of Allschwil and is regarded as one of the most important Life Sciences ecosystems in Switzerland. The new, striking building in a campus style was designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects and developed by SENN Construction AG, which is based in St. Gallen. The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area has been a strategic partner and anchor tenant at the GRID since the fall of 2019.

As outlined in a press release issued by SENN, two institutes of the University of Basel are to relocate to the GRID. The Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE), which is sponsored by both the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel will move into an area of around 3,500 square meters in 2023 where it will therefore be able to realize its planned growth. Current plans envisage the creation of around 150 jobs, while there will also be space for approximately 100 students. This new facility will also allow the DBE to conduct intensive collaborations with external partners.

According to SENN, the University of Basel will also be represented at the GRID by way of its Innovation Office, the central point of contact for all matters related to innovation and entrepreneurship. From the start of 2021, this department will move into office space at the “Innovation Garage” on the ground floor of the adjacent car park west.

Furthermore the biopharmaceutical company Basilea Pharmaceutica AG will move into the GRID in the middle of 2022 and bring together its teams distributed across other sites. “We will benefit from the close proximity to innovative startup companies, academic institutions and other biotech companies in the emerging life sciences and technology cluster”, comments CEO David Veitch in a press release. In addition, Basilea expects to leverage positive effects on its operating and capital expenses on the back of this move.

“We are delighted to have taken another step closer to achieving our vision of becoming a reference point for anything that can help to improve people’s lives in the future”, explains Johannes Senn, CEO of SENN.

Share this article

Sign up to receive our newsletter in your inbox.

You may also be interested in

Roche launches new coronavirus antibody test
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Invest

Roche launches new coronavirus antibody test

Roche is launching on the market a new antibody test to determine coronavirus infections. This should help with the development...

Read More
Investors see great potential in Polyneuron
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Invest

Investors see great potential in Polyneuron

The Basel-based company Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals extended its Series A funding round and has now raised a total of 36.5 million...

Read More
Lonza set to manufacture coronavirus drug for Humanigen
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Invest

Lonza set to manufacture coronavirus drug for Humanigen

The Basel-based pharmaceutical supplier Lonza is supporting the US firm Humanigen in the development of a potential coronavirus therapeutic. Lonza...

Read More
Startups from the Basel Area ranked among the best
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Switzerland Innovation Park

Startups from the Basel Area ranked among the best

Startups from the Basel Area have been ranked highly in the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award by Venturelab. The medtech...

Read More
Roche testing for coronavirus and flu simultaneously
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Invest

Roche testing for coronavirus and flu simultaneously

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the Basel-based life sciences company Roche authorization to use a test that...

Read More
Hengrui Medicine sets up clinical research and development in Basel
Basel Area Business & Innovation, Innovation, Invest

Hengrui Medicine sets up clinical research and development in Basel

The Chinese life sciences company Hengrui Medicine is establishing a Swiss subsidiary in Basel. The European hub for clinical research...

Read More
1 2 3 34

Do you have a question? We'd like to hear from you.