Switzerland Innovation

About us

Working with accelerator-based large research facilities, PARK INNOVAARE is one of the world’s leading centers for quickly turning innovations in the field of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, human health, and energy into marketable products and solutions.

PARK INNOVAARE is oriented toward innovation clusters such as Cambridge (GB), Boston (USA), and Silicon Valley (USA), and successfully competes on an international level, attracting the research and development divisions of leading industrial companies and highly specialized suppliers.

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Large research facilities

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) has a worldwide unique complex of technologies and infrastructure for research and application: the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source (SINQ), the Swiss Light Source (SLS), and the Swiss Muon Source (SμS), as well as recently launched X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL.

Large research facilities


innovAARE AG, the organizing institution and operating company of PARK INNOVAARE, is an Aktiengesellschaft (joint stock company under Swiss law) and has 35 shareholders. Among them are governmental bodies, research institutions, and companies. The majority of the company is in private ownership.

Organization and Structure

The company is currently divided into the General Assembly, Administrative Board, and Executive Board. The Administrative Board is elected by the General Assembly. The Executive Board is appointed by and responsible to the Administrative Board. The Executive Board runs the operative business from the Office.

Administrative Board

Switzerland Innovation PARK INNOVAARE’s Administrative Board includes 9 members. Together they define strategy of innovAARE AG.

President of the Administrative Board:
Dr. Remo Lütolf

Members of the Administrative Board:
Prof. Dr. Crispino Bergamaschi
Dr. Christian Brönnimann
Hans Peter Fricker
Marco Hirzel
Dr. Michael Ladwig
Andrea Tranel
Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot
Roger Wüthrich


Switzerland Innovation PARK INNOVAARE is the result of an application submitted by the Canton of Aargau, with the support of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), in response to the call for tender issued by the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Economic Affairs (VDK), and aims to create an innovation park in close proximity to the PSI. Thanks to its unique focus and research areas, PARK INNOVAARE makes a significant contribution toward the success of the Swiss Innovation Park Foundation.


PARK INNOVAARE is being developed and overseen by a competent team of specialists with a wealth of international experience. The special focus is on innovation and the development of business cases, the development of a regional, national, and international network, marketing, and real estate development.

Benno Rechsteiner


Francesco Colonna

Senior Project Manager Innovation and Funding

Darya Bachevskaya

Manager Marketing & Communication

Anastasija Baumgartner

Project Assistant


Active commercial funding: PARK INNOVAARE is a commercial project financed by international companies and innovative SMEs, which, together with the Canton of Aargau, the local communities of Villigen and Würenlingen, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have founded an Aktiengesellschaft (joint-stock company under Swiss law), innovAARE AG, as the organizing institution and operating company of PARK INNOVAARE.

In addition to the company’s share capital, the participation model involves an annual contribution toward operating costs by each of the shareholders over a period of nine years. Operating costs are charged every January and cover innovAARE AG’s costs until it can develop its own sustainable income streams. The current financial commitments made by the 35 shareholders currently amounts to CHF 13,530,000, excluding share capital.

Funding will be increased on an ongoing basis through the expansion of the number of shareholders. The focus here will be on getting technology companies on board whose work complements that of the other companies there and contributes to the research success of the cluster.


For developing innovative ideas into marketable products, Switzerland Innovation offers domestic and foreign companies the best locations in Switzerland: first-class accessibility, close to universities, suitable for further expansion, and in attractive areas. Switzerland Innovation – connecting great minds.