“At the beginning of an innovation there is always basic research”

“At the beginning of an innovation there is always basic research”

In an interview with the "Swiss Biotech Report" 2022, data scientist Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit reveals the important factors of a "forward" country

Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit is full professor of statistics and data science at the Università della Svizzera Italiana
Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit is full professor of statistics and data science at the Università della Svizzera Italiana

Over the past eleven years, Switzerland has consistently been the most innovative country in the world. This according to the "Global Innovation Index" of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Academic research is very important to this success, according to Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit, professor of statistics and data science at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

The 2022 edition of the “Swiss Biotech Report”

Comirnaty is PfizerBioNTech's coronavirus vaccine
Comirnaty is PfizerBioNTech's coronavirus vaccine

“Vaccines against COVID-19 can be traced back to the 70s and 80s”

“At the start of an innovation, there is always basic research. For example, vaccines against COVID-19 can be traced directly to research projects in the medical field in universities in the 70s and 80s…”, explains the researcher financed in his scientific activities in Canton Ticino since Swiss National Fund for Science in an interview on this year's edition of the “Swiss Biotech Report”.
Lo “Swiss Biotech Report” is the product of a collaboration between nine Swiss organizations in the research and innovation sector, led by the Swiss Biotech Association.
The annual report for 2022, entitled "Sources of Swiss Innovation", presents the most important developments of the biotech scene in 2021 and explains the reasons for its success.

The country with the greatest capacity for innovation is Switzerland

The cover of the 2022 edition of the 'Swiss Biotech Report'
The cover of the 2022 edition of the 'Swiss Biotech Report'