• Are Ecosystems a Tool to Foster Healthcare Innovation?

    Dear Alumni, 
    You are invited to an in-person event in Lausanne about innovation ecosystems and healthcare companies, hosted by the Swiss INSEAD Alumni Healthcare Club.

    Are Ecosystems a Tool to Foster Healthcare Innovation?

    October 21, 2021
    Innovation is at the heart of the healthcare industry. For small companies, it is essential to their existence and growth. For larger companies, it is a way to strengthen or maintain market position. Several ecosystems have evolved to support healthcare innovation and help overcome some of the challenges, such as long lead times and the need for a range of skills. Ecosystems connect companies with universities, public institutions, medical research centres and each other, supported by public and political authorities. The panel will discuss how such ecosystems play a role in the innovation process, the elements that foster innovation, and lessons learned. Join us to engage with healthcare industry innovation experts and stay for the apéro riche afterwards.


    Catherine Aung, Global Head of Innovation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
    In her current role at Ferring since 2017, Catherine Aung joined as Head of Purchasing and Collaborative Innovation in 2009. Ferring is a Swiss company identifying, developing, and marketing innovative products in the areas of reproductive medicine and maternal health, urology, and gastroenterology. Earlier, she held several positions in finance, purchasing, and portfolio management at Nestlé.
    Nicolas Durand, Founder and CEO, Abionic
    Nicolas has been leading Abionic, an EPFL spinoff company founded in 2010, that developed an in vitro diagnostics (IVD) platform for various types of applications such as sepsis, COVID-19, allergy, and iron deficiency. It enables healthcare practitioners to make clinical decisions at the point of care. He also serves on the board of the Vaud Chamber of Commerce.
    Nasri Nahas, Managing Director, Biopôle SA
    Since 2015, Nasri Nahas has been leading Biopôle, the life science park in Canton Vaud for startups and established companies. He also initiated Startlab, an incubator for biotech and medtech startups, and the Digital Health Hub, an innovation centre dedicated to digital health. Earlier he was the Managing Director of Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) SA and Spinomix in Switzerland and worked in research at Genset and Valigen in France. 
    Pierre-Jean Wipff, Innovation Advisor, Innovaud
    At Innovaud, the platform for the promotion of innovations in the Canton of Vaud, Pierre-Jean Wipff leads the life science domain since 2013. Before that he founded and led ExCellness Biotech SA. He is also on the board of StartLab at Biopôle. Earlier he was the innovation coordinator at the Geneva University Hospital, fostering the entrepreneurial spirit within the institution.
    Laurent-Dominique Piveteau, CEO, Debiotech
    In 2005, Laurent-Dominique joined Debiotech, a Swiss company developing medical devices for diabetes, dialysis, cardiology and drug delivery. He was appointed CEO in 2015. Prior to Debiotech, he held several positions in R&D and in business development. In 2020 Laurent-Dominique co-founded NextKidney, a Debiotech spin-off developing and commercializing a home hemodialysis device.

    Key Facts
    When: Thursday October 21, 2021 at 18:00
    Where: Aquatis Hotel, route de Berne 148, 1010 Lausanne
    Tickets: CHF 65 INSEAD Swiss NAA Members (paid up)// CHF 85 INSEAD Alumni Non-members & Guests
    Please note: Valid COVID-certificates are required for participants.


    INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
    Aleksandar Ruzicic, MBA’97J, Swiss Healthcare Club President
    Laurent-Dominique Piveteau, MBA’01D, Swiss Healthcare Club Vice President
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