INNOVATION PARK TICINO

COMPETENCE CENTERS

COMPETENCES IN FOCUS

INTRODUCTION

The Park will be structured in thematic Competence Centers, where enterprises and academic institutes cooperate on defined common interest topics under broad strategic and financial independence and all the members rely on and profit from an open innovation approach.

The concept of an Innovation Park, based on Competence Centers, targets the goal of creating a sort of development center external to the companies but built around common goals, shared between companies active in the same fields, where the companies can bring their inputs and jointly participate to the results.

The aim is to create an interface with the know-how of Ticino’s universities (USI and SUPSI) in order to facilitate and promote technology transfer processes that can match the company’s requirements. For this purpose, the Competence Centers are conceived as associations between companies and universities.

– SWISS DRONE BASE CAMP
– LIFE SCIENCES
– ICTs

The competence centers represent public-private initiatives that are presented to the Park management. They are assessed according to a precise process that includes several stages before final approval. In March 2021, the Drone Competence Center is the one in the most advanced stage, while the others are being developed.

DRONES

SWISS DRONE BASE CAMP (SDBC)

The Riviera airport is a unique opportunity.
A large-area location that will allow outdoor
test flights in an alpine scenario where you can face real obstacles.

LIFE SCIENCES

BIOFABRICATION, HIGHLY POTENT ACTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENTS (HPAPIs)

One focus will be on Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (HPAPIs). The aim is to speed up the development and manufacturing processes of drug substance and products and avoid critical human interaction, when possible, by introducing innovative solutions. A second area of activity will be on Biofabrication. This revolves around the creation of living human 3D tissues in an additive manufacturing approach, targeting both biofabrication and regenerative medicine challenges.

ICTs

BLOCKCHAIN, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, SOFTWARE & DATA ENGINEERING

The digitalization of the industries and processes starts with the comprehension of the different emerging technologies are offering as opportunity to disrupt the traditional way of thinking. This Center will focus on the blockchain and decentralised applications and other data analysis tools by bringing experts of this fields together and attract new comers with a showcase-approach to demonstrate the potential of such new technology on different applications.

Is important to note that there are many interdisciplinary connections between these three areas. Blockchain technology can be used in pharma logistics, drones can be used to deliver drugs, and principles developed in pharma can be used to develop drone algorithms. We are therefore aiming for cross-fertilisation between these different competencies.