Academia-Industry Training 2017

Academia-Industry Training Brazil 2017 will connect Swiss and Brazilian researchers-entrepreneurs with the industry in order to develop market applications. AIT is an initiative of University of St.Gallen (CLS HSG), swissnex India, VentureLab, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC)

Event Details


swissnex Brazil
Rua Cândido Mendes 157, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20241-220 Brazil


November 27, 2017 10:00 am - December 01, 2017 7:00 pm America/Sao Paulo (UTC-02:00)

Are you ready for AIT Fourth Edition? We can’t wait anymore! Academia-Industry Training Brazil 2017 will be connecting promising researchers-entrepreneurs with the industry in order to develop the market application of their high-level research. The program not only encourages international researchers to work together and share best practices, but also to understand new markets and exploit synergies.

AIT gives a strong introduction to entrepreneurship featuring workshops in business plan writing, market-entry scenarios, funding strategies and pitching mentoring as well as a thorough understanding of Brazilian and Swiss market opportunities. Check out the AIT Camp Week Program.


Swiss participants

Participants will be visiting key institutions in both countries, participating in lectures as well as focusing on networking events to maximise contact between Swiss and Brazilian players. Find out more about these promising researcher-entrepreneurs:


Alexandra Gavilano
Pyrolysis GmbH – University of BernThe Pyrolysis GmbH produces optimized pyrolysis reactors that transform/recycle organic waste into valuable resources for agriculture or farm animal breeds such as biogas – a unique solution to recycle waste and gain valuable resources.
Industry: Cleantech & Agritech, waste management, agriculture and CO2 mitigation.
Amir H. Ghadimi
Optical MEMS sensors – École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL)Chip scale accelerometers, vibrometers & gyroscopes represent a multi-billion dollar market with applications ranging from smartphones to space and oil industry. Our disruptive technology enables us to produce passive sensors with better performance and less power consumption.
Industry: Oil and mining, space, smartphone, and car

Ana Martins
Sunlight – École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL)

Sunlight is a lightweight aesthetic unbreakable glass-free photovoltaic module with maximal durability.
Industry: Renewable energy

Jaime Duarte
MyoSwiss AG – ETH Zürich

MyoSwiss developed the Myosuit: A textile-based robotic device developed to assist people with activities of daily life such as walking, transferring in and out of a chair, or climbing stairs.
Industry: Medtech 

Laura Rio
Instant Copper – University of Lausanne

Instant Copper creates antibacterial surfaces by copper sputtering to fight a major health issue that represents healthcare-associated infections: 225,000 deaths and an overall cost of over 50 billion dollars across Europe and US annually.
Industry: Medical biology, safety, hygiene

Marcel Gort
TeD – tissue engineering dermatome – ETH Zürich

TeD allows general practitioners and dermatologists to take standardized skin grafts to harvest cells for tissue-engineered products.
Industry: Medtech

Mathias Béguin
MagneSys – HEIG-VD The technology that MagneSys has developed allows the continuous filtering-out of iron magnetic particles from various solid foods in dry powder form, such as coffee.
Industry: Food industry

Mélanie Guittet
OneSky – École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL)

OneSky develops air traffic control systems for drone professionals, flight awareness, and automatic collision avoidance.
Industry: Drone, air traffic management

Noris Gallandat
GRZ Technologies Ltd. – ETHZ, Georgia Institute of Technology, EPFL

GRZ Technologies is a provider of hydrogen-related solutions for academic and industrial applications.
Industry: Renewable energy, research laboratories

Stefano Grassi
Ensiplan – ETH Zürich
IT solution to support power grid operators in planning new transmission lines and to improve the interaction with authorities and communities.
Industry: IT applied to energy industry

Brazilian participants



Ana Claudia Renno
Osteovita Biotecnology – Unifesp

Bone tissue engineering. Osteovita developed an innovative product that can be used to replace bones. It’s manufactured with spongin from marine sponges.
Industry: Medtech

César Quiroz
Acta Visio – University of Campinas (Unicamp)

3D mapping to estimate measurements of iron stockpile using autonomous drone.
Industry: Mining


Denise Coutinho Endringer
University Vila Velha

Organic beauty and personal hygiene products using seaweed.
Industry: Beauty and hygiene

Marcus Lima
Acta Visio – University of Campinas (Unicamp)

Hardware and software prototype development to convert manual forklifts to autonomous.
Industry: Industrial machines, automation

Murilo Penteado Del Grande
VetImmuno – University of São Paulo

VetImmuno is focused on developing individual therapeutic antitumor vaccines as adjuvant therapy in Veterinary cancer treatments with potential application to treat human cancer. The necessary infrastructure to produce the vaccine is simple and scalable and the technology to obtain the vaccine is patentable.
Industry: Medtech

Paulo Silva
University of São Paulo

An innovative approach for incorporation of BODIPY fluorogens in biologically relevant short peptides, aiming to develop novel imaging probes with high sensitivity and specificity for both basic research and clinical diagnosis.
Industry: Medtech


Rayssa Pereira
Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) 

A noninvasive method to identify successful decellularization process.
Industry: Medtech

Guilherme Rinaldo
Pocket Health Lab – UFABC

Complete and compact platform for the treatment of diabetes.
Industry: Medtech