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Industry and academia are advancing blockchain technologies

The University of Basel established the first blockchain professorship in Switzerland. The focus is on researching new distributed ledger technologies and examining its use and potential applications in financial markets and industry, as well as the possible effects of these technological innovations on society. Furthermore, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is working on blockchain technologies with a focus on supply chain and industry 4.0 in the life sciences and health care.

The pharma giants are exploring the potential of this technology, for example to safeguard and bring transparency into their supply chains. Linum Labs has launched its Molecule platform to advance drug development in a collaborative open market.

The Bank for International Settlements is headquartered in Basel and with its Innovation Hub is exploring blockchain applications like central bank digital currencies or stablecoins.

Main fields of focus

Digital currencies

Supply chain and logistics

Drug development

Business applications

Societal impact


University of Basel’s Center for Innovative Finance is a leader in researching the potential of blockchain technologies and assessing the extent to which cryptocurrency will affect financial markets, industry, and society.

The Blockchain Competence Center of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland acts as an incubator for blockchain innovations and investigates the implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in a business context.

BIS Innovation Hub connects multidisciplinary teams in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland working on technology-driven innovation in financial services, such as digital bank currencies, global stablecoins, payment innovations, regtech and suptech, and other digitalization of finance.

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