Superlab Suisse to open first Lab-as-a-Service centre at Biopôle

Superlab Suisse AG, a Zurich-based private company founded in 2019, developed an innovative offering – the Lab as a Service – for life sciences companies. The young company will launch its first centre for up to 15 companies and projects by the end of the second quarter of 2021 at Biopôle, Lausanne.

Superlab Suisse’s Lab as a Service business concept includes innovatively designed laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art equipment as well as professional and concierge services offered to companies working in biotech, pharma and medtech, along with funding support. The serviced, ready-to-move-into laboratory allows companies to focus their investment on innovation rather than fitting out space, while the extended service and concierge offering will allow young entrepreneurs to save a significant amount of time and thus focus on their innovation.

With this collaboration, Biopôle wants to make sure that young entrepreneurs and start-ups get the support they need in the region. Nasri Nahas, CEO of Biopôle SA, said: “Several public and private initiatives support the creation of life sciences start-ups in the region. StartLab already offers a place for high-potential young start-ups to experiment and grow. Some of the first companies joining the programme are coming to the end of their incubation cycle and we were looking for a partner to develop a place where companies can go one step further in their growth at Biopôle. Superlab Suisse offers the perfect fit for early-stage start-ups that are scaling up and that need a private, ready-to-go laboratory space – it is a key missing piece in the value chain between being hosted in an incubator and growing in a fully fledged private laboratory, which is something only established companies can afford.”

Founded in 2019 by Zhang Xi, an ETH Zurich graduate in architecture, Superlab Suisse aims to expand globally. Superlab Suisse Lausanne is the first of many sites that the Zurich-based company is planning; its global expansion includes other sites in Switzerland and across Europe as well as in China. At Biopôle it will offer 1,320 m2 of laboratory and office space, including 15 private laboratories, 5 private offices and common facilities.

(Press release / SK)Picture: Superlab Suisse