About BioValley


BioValley – The Life Science Network – was founded in 1996. The vision of the founders was to bring together Alsace (France), South Baden (Germany) and Northwestern Switzerland. It was one of the first European initiatives for the promotion and development of life sciences.

The three border regions Alsace, northwest Switzerland and South Baden stood out individually in the mid-90s for their outstanding potential in the field of life sciences:

  • Outstanding scientific facilities (four universities, specialised colleges of higher education, research centres, etc.).
  • Headquarters of global players Novartis and Roche as well as CIBA, Clariant, Lonza and Syngenta.
  • Branches of large pharmaceutical companies, such as DSM, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Sanofi and Moderna.

The Cluster

Today, the BioValley cluster compromises three associations (Alsace BioValley, BioValley Deutschland and BioValley Basel) and the BioValley Platform in Germany. Our joint mission:

  • A network of competences and know-how which includes companies, research institutes, universities as well as economic development agencies and public organizations the field of Life Sciences.
  • The BioValley Cluster accompanies businesses and laboratories in the Life Sciences sector looking to innovate, grow or locate in the trinational BioValley region

See our the links to the Network for further detail.


  • Connecting professionals using industry content in the Basel Life Science Cluster and the Tri-National BioValley (Switzerland/France/Germany)
  • Monitoring and lobbying for favorable conditions for the life sciences industry and its professionals.


  • BioValley aims at highlighting the international aspects of the BioValley as a key asset of the cluster (e.g. free movement of persons, integration of new arrivals etc.)
  • BioValley aims to provide specific benefits to its members (individuals and companies.)

Ongoing Actitivies

  • Event in Fall
  • Webinars
  • Make BioValley Alsace/Germany better known in Basel and vice versa (Website etc.)
  • Manage the BioValley LinkedIn-Group
  • BioValley College Network
  • BioValley Business Angels Club (BioBac)

BioValley Basel

Members of the Board

Matthias Staehelin (Chair)

Lead Partner Life Sciences, Vischer AG

Thomas Möller (Treasurer)

Venture Investor and General Partner, BioMed Partners

Nicholas Benedict

Biotechnology Entrepreneur and CEO of Vaderis Therapeutics GmbH

Hans-Andreas Engel

Serial Entrepreneur and Investor in Biotechnology and IT Sectors

Neil Goldsmith

Serial Entrepreneur in Life Sciences and Sustainability Sectors

Ruedi Gygax

Innosuisse Expert, Coach and Angel Investor

Ariane Hegel Reynolds

Chapter Lead and Co-Lead Innovation Office, University of Basel, Business Angel

Sara Núñez-Garcia

Venture Investor, Partner and co-Founder Forty51 Ventures

Christian Elias Schneider

Head Innovation Office University Basel

Marina Udier

CEO Nouscom AG

Georg Wiebecke

Angel Investor and Consultant