Since 2007, ETH Zurich has spun out at least 20 companies every year. Detlef Günther, the university’s vice president for research and corporate relations tells Science|Business how they make it happen
25 spin-offs were founded at ETH Zurich last year – more than ever before in a single year. The new record highlights the benefits of supporting young talent early on and illustrates that ETH’s own support programme is paying off.
A total of 22 new companies were founded in 2014 by researchers from ETH Zurich. These spin-offs are among the most successful in Switzerland. One of the year's highlights was Covagen, which was acquired for over CHF 200 million. The latest figures also reveal that the university is on the right track with its promotion programmes.