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Yesterday meets tomorrow

02.06.2017 13:35

It is rare that high-tech start-ups attract public attention, but Climeworks’ CO2 air cleaner has made headlines on all channels. And in addition – three financing rounds of between CHF6 million and CHF10.5 million.

Dear reader

One week, two pieces of news: the US is leaving the Paris climate agreement, and near Zurich ETH spin-off Climeworks has put into operation a plant to capture CO2 from ambient air. It is the first of its kind in the world and is setting new trends in climate protection.

The medtech entrepreneur Abionic reports not a world premiere, but a world record. The Vaud company has developed a device for ultra-fast sepsis diagnosis. Clinical tests at University Hospital Zurich and University College Hospital in London have now shown that the abioSCOPE can detect within five minutes whether a person is suffering from blood poisoning. At the moment, about 18 million people worldwide die annually from sepsis that is recognised too late or not at all.

Three financing rounds took place this week, and particularly gratifying is that all were growth financing on a considerable scale. Zurich’s Inthera Bioscience raised CHF10.5 million, Zug fintech company Evolute CHF6 million, and NetGuardians from Yverdon-les-Bains CHF8.5 million. The cybersecurity specialist from Vaud started 10 years ago and has already completed its third venture capital round.

From marathon to hackathon. Hack the City (HTC) in Lugano is collaborating with HackZurich, and Ryan Vannin, the organiser and promoter of HTC, is super-confident: “This is a huge success for the developer community in Ticino.”

Looking forward: Swiss Medtech Day 2017 takes place in Bern next Tuesday. Places are still available.

Have a good  weekend.

Jost Dubacher
Editor, startupticker.ch

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