The application process for Swiss Medtech Award 2023 will be launched on 1 November 2022. Applications are accepted up until 27 January 2023.

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Who can apply?

Participation criteria

Participation in the Swiss Medtech Award is open to companies, research institutions or syndicates from the Swiss medical technology industry.

The following criteria must be met in order to be admitted to the competition. In cases where it is unclear whether a candidate fulfils the criteria, the jury has final say.

Factual criteria

At least one of the following factual criteria must be met. 

  • Proven patient benefit
    The effect and benefit of the product, technology or procedure can be demonstrated with completed patient studies which applicants will be asked to reveal to the jury. 
  • Imminent or granted market approval
    The product already has market approval and is available on the market or it is about to be certified and market entry is in preparation. Applicants will be asked to share respective documents with the jury.

Formal criteria

Both of the formal criteria below must be met. 

  • «Swissness» factor
    The achievements and provision of services must have been performed to a significant extent within Switzerland. 
  • Record of achievement
    Candidates can provide supporting documents and/or references as evidence of their achievements (i.e. conducted patient studies, product certifications, proof of ongoing certification process.)

In addition, applicants must read and accept our Terms of Participation.

Why apply?

  • Measure the degree of your innovation and your accomplishments against that of your peers.
  • Have your achievements for the Swiss medical technology recognised

If you are nominated for the final:

  • Benefit from the media announcement on the three finalists 
  • Present your case in front of an audience of around 600 professionals from the Swiss medical technology sector
  • Profit from an image film about your company, which you may re-use for your own purpose

If you win:

  • Reward the work of your team and you with prize money of 75.000 Swiss francs.



Finalists Booklet


Important Dates

The following dates mark the milestones of the evaluation process. Applicants are asked to save the dates.

Upcoming dates

1 November 2022
Start of application period
27 January 2023
End of application period
15 March 2023
Jury meeting
The jury will select five to six companies to proceed to the next round.
6 April 2023
Jury hearing and nomination of finalists
The shortlisted candidates each present their project to the jury. At the end of the day, the jury will nomnate three finalists.
13 June 2023
Award ceremony at Swiss Medtech Day
The finalists will present their cases live on stage during Swiss Medtech Day, Switzerland's most important medical technology conference. The winner will be announced during the award ceremony at the end of the conference.


Prof Dr Mirko Meboldt

President of the Jury

Chair of Product Development

& Engineering

ETH Zurich

Hans Ulrich Lehmann

Member of the Jury

Senior Vice President Technology


Stephan Oehler

Member of the Jury

Head of Technology & Testing


Sabina Sperisen

Member of the Jury


Lichtsteiner Foundation

Andi Vonlanthen

Member of the Jury

Group Vice President R&D

Sonova Holding



The Lichtsteiner Foundation helps pioneers bring their inventions to life by investing in early stage start-ups in the fields of medical technology, life science, mental health, public health and wellbeing. The foundation focuses on impact investing by providing funding in the form of equity.


Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa is a leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and AudioNova. We reach our consumers through multiple channels; this diversity lets them benefit from our broad range of solutions – hearing aids, cochlear implants, wireless communication products, eSolutions, and professional audiological care – in the way that best suits their individual needs. 
Founded in 1947, the Group has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.


The Straumann Group is a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions that restore smiles and confidence. It unites global and international brands that stand for excellence, innovation and quality in replacement, corrective and digital dentistry, including Anthogyr, ClearCorrect, Dental Wings, Medentika, Neodent, NUVO, Straumann and other fully/partly owned companies and partners. In collaboration with leading clinics, institutes and universities, the Group researches, develops, manufactures and supplies dental implants, instruments, CADCAM prosthetics, biomaterials and digital solutions for use in tooth replacement and restoration or to prevent tooth loss.


With over 30 years’ experience, the Ypsomed Group is a renowned diabetes specialist and principle developer and manufacturer of injection and infusion systems for self-medication. As a leader in innovation and technology, Ypsomed is the preferred partner of pharmaceutical and biotech companies for the supply of injections pens, autoinjectors and infusion systems which administer liquid drugs. Ypsomed promotes its product portfolio under the following umbrella brands: mylife Diabetescare sells directly to patients or via pharmacies and clinics, and YDS Ypsomed Delivery Systems deals business-to-business with pharmaceutical companies.

About Swiss Medtech Award

In 2018, Swiss Medtech launched the Swiss Medtech Award together with the prize sponsors Lichtsteiner Foundation, Straumann Group and Ypsomed. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the Swiss medical technology industry. In 2021, the Sonova Group could be won as a fourth award sponsor. Jointly with the others, they agreed to raise the prize money to 75.000 Swiss francs as of 2022.

The prize is awarded once a year to a carefully selected winner that has convinced the jury, chaired by Prof. Mirko Meboldt, ETH Zurich, in a two-stage evaluation process. The criteria assessed by the jurors are patient benefit, contribution to improving healthcare, and technological pioneering spirit. Five to six companies make it onto the shortlist, three of which move on to the final. The winning team will be announced and celebrated at Swiss Medtech Day, the most important event for the Swiss medical technology industry.

Bettina Knellwolf

Project Manager


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