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CSEM is a private research and development centre specializing in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering and communications technologies. It offers its customers and industry partners custom-made innovative solutions based on its knowledge of the market and technological expertise derived from applied research. Having founded several start-ups, it contributes to developing Switzerland as an industrial location. To date, a total of 29 such enterprises, with more than 500 employees, have been launched by CSEM. In addition, CSEM has acquired an international dimension by establishing a presence in the Arab Emirates in 2005, and in Brazil in 2007, in order to speed up and encourage the transfer of knowledge and new technologies beneficial to the local economy of these countries.
Approximately 400 highly qualified and specialized employees from various scientific and technical disciplines work for CSEM in Neuchâtel, Zurich, Basel, Alpnach and Landquart. They represent more than 30 nationalities and constitute the basis of the company’s creativity, dynamism and potential for innovation.
CSEM areas of expertise include:
- Medical and healthcare
- Safety and security
- Transportation (automotive, train, aerospace,…)
- Industrial process control
CSEM has long term and widespread competencies in the development of complex systems and microsystems with medical monitoring applications, and a strong R&D axis in Nanotechnologies for bio‑applications. It participates together with CEA-LETI, IMEC, NMRC and FhG in the Europe-wide integration initiative of Micro and Nanotechnologies Infrastructures, MNT Europe I3 project (further information is available at www.csem.ch).
CSEM experience in the design and development of intelligent and complex systems in the healthcare domain, include:
- Wearable electronics and signal processing for medical applications, performed with textile sensors: in the frame of EC projects WEALTHY, MyHeart, HeartCycle, and PSYCHE
- Patch system for bio-sensing in sweat and in blood (e.g. IST BIOTEX project)
- Development of smart diagnostic systems (e.g. SmartHEALTH project)
- Long-term monitoring system for space applications
In d-LIVER, the Systems Engineering Division of CSEM is involved in developing a number of leading edge health instrument concepts, from ambulatory monitoring devices to lab-bench devices, focusing on interactive control and signal processing. It intends to ensure that it gains commercial advantage from the d-LIVER platform, as well as using the project to develop it expertise in system integration and development, for the benefit of its clients. CSEM participated in several successful projects in these fields, including the projects GoodFood, BIOTEX, SmartHEALTH, and DIPNA. The targeted applications are found in medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical drug discovery, environmental monitoring, cancer diagnostic, and food control.
Key personnel involved:
Mattia Bertschi received his MSc degree in electrical engineering and his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2001 and 2005 respectively. He joined the Control and Signal Processing group of CSEM in 2005 where he has been involved in the management of several projects. Besides, he played an active role in several research and development programs, including European projects (Workpackage leader of the system design and development for both SmartHEALTH and PSYCHE) and commercial projects focused on human kinetics, breathing activity, and core body temperature sensors.
Victor Neuman (M. Phil in 1980 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering) joined CSEM in 1985 where he created and led a small optical fibre team for the fabrication of special fibres and process development. From 1995 to 2000, he worked on the development of biochemical sensors for diagnostics and is since 2000 working as a research expert in the Control and Signal Processing group on signal acquisition and optical problems.
Stephan Dasen graduated in communication systems at the University of Applied Sciences (heig-vd) in Yverdon, Switzerland, in 2002. He joined CSEM the same year in the Signal Processing and Control group. He develops high-level signal processing algorithms and implements them onto low-power platforms. He also works on automation and control, design of graphical user interfaces as well as system integration and instrumentation. His field of activity is mainly the biomedical domain as well as scientific instrumentation.