Basel Area: Discover a thriving life sciences hub at the heart of Europe

An economic powerhouse, the Basel Area is easily accessible and offers unmatched scientific credentials. Add a high quality of life and you’ll grasp why the tri-border-region is one of the most sought-after locations for starting and growing a life sciences venture. It’s hard to discover another ecosystem with such a density of expertise, funding opportunities, talent and peer companies that offers a more ideal starting point for creating business success.

Thanks to a longstanding history of innovations, favorable taxation and a world-class, global talent pool, the region is a key driver of the Swiss economy and continues to grow and never ceases to transform itself. Blue-chip multinationals and leading research institutes rub shoulders with dynamic start-ups and prolific incubators. As emerging technologies change healthcare, Basel Area is reshaping the future of the life sciences industry.


The Basel Area features a unique combination of start-ups, innovative enterprises and world leading players. Both Roche and Novartis, two of the three global market leaders in health and life sciences, hail from the region and have their global headquarters here. In addition, the area is home to more than 700 life science companies across the entire value chain and is closely connected to the world of academia through top-notch institutions like the University of Basel, the FHNW and the ETH Zurich. Within a one hour drive radius, there are four world-class universities and 176 research institutes in the surrounding border regions. Over 33’000 global talents, work in the local life sciences industry – ranging from start-ups up to multinationals and from pre-clinical and clinical to commercial stages, and provide an excellent pool of experts for your endeavor.


But the Basel Area is more than a great place to work and do business. According to Mercer, Basel ranks worldwide among the top ten cities with the highest quality of living, with many of those that move here, discovering the region’s appeal and staying – and with good reason. Where else in the world can you visit three countries within just minutes? Sporting the country’s largest expat community, the Basel area is perfectly suited to welcome talents from all over the world. Its cosmopolitanism makes for a lively ambience while recreational areas along the lush Rhine river can be found within striking distance.