Building on skills honed over the centuries, western Switzerland has become a world leader in biotech.
The digital revolution and the ability to process huge amounts of information have changed the way research is done. Here are three examples.
Sharks are a useful model, both for their slick skin and for their antibodies that can be used to treat cancer.
Amateurs can now enhance their performance and their health by using wireless devices and biosensors that monitor behaviour, environment and physiology.