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Swiss partners

Swiss Personalized Health Network

The Swiss Personalized Health Network initiative contributes to the development, implementation and validation of coordinated data infrastructures in order to make health-relevant data interoperable and shareable for research in Switzerland.

SPHN has adopted a federative approach by building upon – and supporting – existing data sources and infrastructures across the country. To make health data interoperable and accessible for research, SPHN rallies all decision-makers from key clinical, research-, research support institutions and patient organizations around the same table.

Swiss clinical trial organisation

SCTO is the central cooperation platform for patient-oriented clinical research in Switzerland.

Its aim is to create an optimal environment for clinical research by committing to:
– the creation of a national network, particularly between the various study centres, academia, industry and the authorities;
– the integration of national clinical research into international networks;
– the creation of favourable regulatory framework conditions for clinical research.


The Swiss Ethics Committees on research involving humans have formed a joint working group (swissethics). Its members are all the recognised regional/cantonal ethics committees of Switzerland. The goal of the association is to coordinate the work of the cantonal Ethics Committees in order to assure the consistent application of the federal regulations regarding research involving humans, and to maintain the exchange of information.


Based on a government mandate, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports scientific research in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and the engineering sciences. At the end of 2018, the SNSF was funding 6500 projects involving 16,300 researchers, which makes it the leading Swiss institution for promoting scientific research.

European partners

BBMRI Swiss Node

SBP, an independent association funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), is the national node in the European network called BBMRI (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure).

SBP is the intermediary between Swiss biobanks and European countries through this network.


European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) has the misson to advance biosharing for a better world through mobilising, inspiring, and educating the biobank community across EMEA.


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