Basel Area Business & Innovation manages the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area.


Christof Klöpper, CEO

Karin Crisanto, Head of Innovation Space & Infrastructure

Martin Jordan, Manager Media & Public Relations


Site Basel and Novartis Campus

Rahel Schneider, Community Manager & Site Development


Site Allschwil

Carine Moya, Community Manager

Marina Priester, Manager Operational Services

Luigi Solines, Manager Facility and Lab Management


Site Jura

Tiphaine Charretier, Community Manager

Isabella Constantino, Manager Operational Services



He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Basilea Pharmaceutica AG since April 2016, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BAK Economics AG since May 2014, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oettinger Davidoff AG since August 2017. He is also a member of the Bank Council of the Basler Kantonalbank. In addition, Domenico Scala is a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board of an equity investment and M&A company and a board member of two private US biotech companies. Mr Scala studied economics at the University of Basel and holds executive development degrees from INSEAD and the London Business School. He began his career working for Nestlé and Panalpina and from 1995 to 2003 served in various senior management positions at Roche, most recently as Group Treasurer. From 2003 to 2007, Domenico Scala was CFO of Syngenta AG, and from 2007 to 2011, CEO of Nobel Biocare AG. Domenico Scala has served as President Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.

Vice President

Claude-Henri Schaller was born in Delémont on 24 February 1964. He graduated in Geography and History from the University of Neuchâtel and post-graduated in International Security Policy from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He started his career at the Swiss Red Cross Training Center, from 1991 to 1993. He moved to the Secretariat general of the Federal Department of Defence in 1994 as a staff member and was spokesman of the DoD from 1999 to 2001. In 2001 he was appointed by the Government of the Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel as Secretary general of the Departement of Education and Culture and, since 2005, of the Department of Justice, Security and Finances. In 2012, he was elected as a full time Communal councillor, in charge of institutional, financial and economic issues, in the new Commune of Val-de-Ruz, resulting from the fusion of 15 communes and 10 intercomunal syndicates. He has been in his current position as Head of the Office of Economy and Employment of the Republic and Canton of Jura since June 2015. Claude-Henri Schaller is a member of the Management Board of Basel Area Business & Innovation.

Member Board of Directors

As Head of Economic Affairs in the Office of Economy and Labour Industry he is responsible for economic promotion and development in Canton Basel-Stadt. Hess has worked in various functions in Canton Basel-Stadt since 1998. Among other things he was responsible for setting up and managing the city marketing operation and for the Campus Plus project with Novartis. He worked for consulting firm INFRAS in Bern and Zurich from 1991 to 1997, including a spell as project manager, and was information editor with Swiss Radio (DRS) from 1987 to 1990. Samuel Hess studied international relations at the University of St. Gallen and environmental and resource economics at University College London. Samuel Hess has been a member of the Management Board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.

Member Board of Directors

Thomas Kübler has been a delegate of the Governing Council of Baselland and Head of Inward Investment Promotion for Baselland since 1 January 2016. Before this he managed his own company, providing consultancy services to board directors as an economic adviser, to executive committees on strategy issues and to pension funds as an investment coach. Until 31 December 2015 he was chairman of BAKBASEL Economics and a member of the boards of Elektra Birseck Münchenstein and the Baselland Pension Fund. For these he remains a member of the board and chairman of the investments committee. In previous appointments, Thomas Kübler was Head of Institutional Clients with a private bank and a delegate for regional business contacts of the Swiss National Bank in Northwest Switzerland. Thomas Kübler studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Thomas Kübler has been on the board of Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016 as government representative of Canton Baselland.

Member Board of Directors

Prof. Hans Florian Zeilhofer is Senior Consultant and Head of Research at the Clinic for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospital Basel and Aarau Cantonal Hospital.

After completing studies in medicine, dentistry and philosophy, Prof. Zeilhofer trained as a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery. In June 2002, he was appointed Professor and Head Physician at Basel University at University Hospital Basel, and in 2004 he set up the hospital’s high-tech research centre whose Clinical Morphology and Biomedical Engineering faculty went on to form the nucleus of today’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. In 2017, he was appointed Associate Vice-President for Innovation at the University of Basel.

Prof. Zeilhofer has received numerous honours and awards in recognition of his innovative research. He also holds many international patents and in recent years has founded several startup companies applying university research, along with a startup support fund worth approximately CHF 50 million in partnership with Basel-based entrepreneur Felix Grisard and manager Christoph Kausch (MTIP – MedTech Innovation Partners).

In 2018, he was appointed Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Swiss-Korean Life Science Initiative. In September 2018, he founded GROM (the Global Research & Development Center for Organ Mimetics), a consortium comprising the Korean university UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), Wake Forest School of Medicine in the USA and University Hospital Basel.


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