”The labor laws in Switzerland are highly favorable for businesses: easy hiring conditions, short notice period and probation periods. Yet, we don’t suffer from a hire and fire culture, thanks to the fair working conditions for employers and employees alike.Daniel MeierDirector Europe at Basel Area
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Where it all comes together: the Basel Area.
In some areas of Switzerland, the characteristics mentioned above are amplified in specific fields. This results in talent pools where companies can cherry-pick top specialists for every role.
When it comes to life sciences, the Basel Area is that place.
Talent covering the whole value chain.
With over 31,000 well-qualified professionals, the life sciences talent pool is the largest and most diversified in Switzerland. You’ll find experts from lab specialists and researchers to executive managers and commercial talents.
A vibrant business ecosystem.
Besides the Fortune 500 companies Roche, Novartis and Coop, many other multinationals are headquartered in the Basel Area. An ever-growing number of small companies and startups complete the picture, making the Basel Area one of Europe’s — if not the world’s — best life sciences clusters.
Curious to learn more? Check out our comprehensive guide to the Switzerland startup ecosystem.
Talents are educated at one of the region’s many high-quality institutions and excellent research facilities. There are 14 universities with about 170,000 enrolled students within a one-hour drive of the Basel Area, spread across three countries.
The Basel Area has leading experts to collaborate with in:
- Pharmaceutics, biotechnology, medical technology and digital health
- Chemical industry, nanotechnology
- Precision engineering, watchmaking and machine tools
- Logistics and commerce
- Creative industries (art, fashion design, architecture)
- Financial services and ICT
- Exhibitions, conventions and fairs
This is what makes Basel the place to be for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, according to Jean-Paul Clozel, co-founder of Actelion/Idorsia
”It’s an intellectual city where you can find not only scientists but artists. Thinking, drug discovery and innovation are really part of the culture.Martin and Jean-Paul ClozelCo-founders of Actelion/Idorsia