The Wyss Center, an independent, not for profit organization, was established in 2014 by a CHF 100 million gift from the Swiss philanthropist and entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss.
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and Hôspitaux Universitaires Genève (HUG) are the main partners of the Wyss Center which is based at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland.
In May 2013, the Wyss Foundation, the Bertarelli family, EPFL and the University of Geneva announced their intention to transform the former headquarters of Merck Serono into the Campus Biotech research facility – a regional and international hub of neuroscience.
The Wyss Center is a key partner bringing neuroengineering expertise and funding to the campus.
The Campus Biotech infrastructure is organized and supported by Foundation Campus Biotech Geneva, which is a joint initiative of the EPFL, the state of Geneva and UNIGE.
Campus Biotech also integrates HUG, Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève (Hepia), the Swiss Institute of Bioinformations (SIB) and other academic and industry partners.
Each partner brings a unique perspective to the broad spectrum of neuroscience research at the Campus.
Through his extensive philanthropy Hansjörg Wyss fosters new ideas, new tools, and new collaborations in areas from education and the arts to science, engineering, economic opportunity, conflict resolution and land conservation. In 1998, he established the Wyss Foundation, which has invested more than $175 million to help local communities, land trusts and non-profit partners conserve nearly 14 million acres of land in the American West for future generations to explore and enjoy.
Hansjörg remains highly engaged in supporting medical research, education and training. He is a founder of the AO Foundation, a medically guided nonprofit led by an international group of surgeons who specialize in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Hansjörg has also endowed chairs at a wide range of universities and hospitals, including Clemson University, the University of Washington, the University of Mississippi, the University of Maryland, the University of South Alabama, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In 2009, Mr Wyss established the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard which uses design principles from nature to develop bioinspired materials and devices for medical applications.
In 2014 he founded the Wyss Translational Center Zurich – an initiative of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich – which translates research at the interface of medicine, science and engineering.