Meet the participants of the Academia-Industry Training 2020-2021

swissnex Brazil in collaboration with the University of St. Gallen (HSG), the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC) launched training camps for Brazilian and Swiss scientists: “Academia Industry Training” (AIT).

The AIT aims to connect promising researchers-entrepreneurs with the industry in order to develop the market application of their high-level research. It also makes international researchers working together to share best practices, understand new markets, develop new market applications and create synergies.

The AIT is an initiative by swissnex Brazil and the Leading House for the Latin American Region (University of St.Gallen), and consists of two phases: a first training camp in Brazil, connecting Brazilian researchers-entrepreneurs with their Swiss peers; and a second training camp in Switzerland, bringing together Brazilian and Swiss participants. Due to the current situation, the dates of the training camp in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo still have to be confirmed, in the meantime get to know the new cohort below!

Brazilian participants



Amanda Bertolazi – SymbioTech, Rio de Janeiro
SymbioTech designs and develops biofertilizers to increase agricultural productivity and food quality with an innovative and sustainable approach.



Angelo Polizel Neto – REDSOFT, Mato Grosso
RedSoft applies computer vision based on artificial intelligence (A.I.) to beef carcass evaluation at Slaughterhouse 4.0



Beatriz Gasparini Reis  Acqua Inova, Minas Gerais
Transforming industrial waste into high performance water filters that allow for safe water supply.



Katiúcia Paiva – Natural Bone, São Paulo
Natural Bone creates new hydrogel based on natural tripolymers for bone bioengineering.



Leandra Santos Baptista –  gcell 3D Cell Culture, Rio de Janeiro
First-ever humanized 3D obese adipose tissue construct for obesity and metabolic syndrome drug screening.



Leonardo Foti – Hyla Biotech, São Paulo
Hyla Biotech is a Brazilian startup focused on accelerating cancer diagnostics!



Marbella Maria Bernardes da Fonseca – MicroCiclo, Rio Grande do Norte
MicroCiclo is a sustainable solution for oil-contaminated material through biotechnology.



Patricia Marques de Farias – Development of  bio-based and biodegradable plastic, São Paulo
“Smart Packaging” – Bio-based and biodegradable plastic film to integrate an active packaging system.



Rafael Silva – Great Heart Equipamentos Médicos, São Paulo
Great Heart is a start up tackling severe heart failure. Don’t lose hope, you always have a GreatHeart at your will.



Rodrigo Silveira Vieira  TecDerm: High performance dressings for wound care, Ceará
We developed an innovative bioactive dressing, made of bacterial cellulose associated with an active enzyme (papain), capable of removing unhealthy tissue, promoting wound healing in a significantly shorter time.


Check out last year’s edition of the AIT programme.

Swiss participants


Giulia Biffi – Microcaps, ETH Zürich
Microcaps aims to revolutionize the probiotics encapsulation industry by offering a technology that enables scalable production rates, mild processing conditions, gastric protection and all of that with Swiss precision.


Maria Hahn – Nutrix, University of Basel
Nutrix is a medtech startup based in Basel that develops high tech sensors for digital health monitoring; currently the product portfolio includes gSense non-invasive glucose monitoring sensor and °sense continues temperature monitoring sensor in form of a small patch.


Florian Döring XRnanotech, Paul Scherrer Institut
XRnanotech offers innovative nanostructured X-ray optics with outstanding precision for high-tech applications.



Leo Schittenhelm – BLP Digital, ETH Zürich
BLP Digital is an ETH Zurich spin-off company that uses artificial intelligence to automate information extraction from documents.



Vanessa Rocha – BactoKind, ETH Zürich
For parents of colic babies, BactoKind is the first probiotic that will make your baby stop crying.



Zina Yudina – BABYLAT, ETH Zürich
BABYLAT: a novel device to save the most fragile lives (designed for preterm infants to meet their special needs in higher protein amount).



CryoArc delivers the first commercially available six axes ultra-low temperature sample positioning for scientists.



Benjamin Russel – Python Upskilling, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Python Upskilling is a platform where you can learn data science and python online through open ended real world exercises using any computer. Suitable for absolute beginners, and for training experienced coders in new techniques.



Javier Alegria – URBAN CONNECT, University of St. Gallen (HSG)
Corporate mobility platform of low-carbon, shared vehicles.