Swiss Medtech Award

The Swiss Medtech Award is aimed at companies in the Swiss medical technology sector that have achieved an outstanding entrepreneurial achievement or innovation. Companies are nominated by the nomination committee, which consists of seven people whose networks collectively encompass all regions of Switzerland. The nomination committee will undertake the initial pre-selection and choose which companies to submit for jury appraisal.

The nominated companies must also fulfil formal and objective criteria to be eligible to present their achievements to the jury. The winning team is announced at Swiss Medtech Day and receives prize money valued at CHF 75,000. Reserve now to attend this interesting event on 13 June 2023.

You too can participate: if you would like to nominate a company or a research group for the competition, please do not hesitate to contact the Swiss Medtech representative.

Who can be nominated?

Nomination criteria

Candidates selected by the nominating partners must meet the following criteria.

Official criteria

All three official criteria must be fully met.

  • Medical Technology Sector
    The companies, their products and solutions must be active in the medical technology industry.
  • Market success
    Candidates must prove that the goods or services provided have already found success on the market.
  • «Swissness» factor
    The achievements and provision of services must have been developed to a significant extent within Switzerland.

Factual criteria

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

  • Proven patient benefit
    A new product or product line with significant patient benefits has already been launched.
  • Provision of Health care
    Public healthcare has been advanced through pioneering, groundbreaking, and innovative technologies or processes.
  • Entrepreneurial achievement
    Outstanding entrepreneurial performance has been achieved in the recent past.


Angela D’Aranno

Project Manager

+41 31 330 97 70


award Process

The following steps are part of the evaluation process. The nominees are asked to save the dates.

Upcoming steps

Nomination period
The nominating partners will make their pre-selection by the end of December 2022.
Jury meeting
Until end of March 2023 the jury will select three companies to proceed to the next round.
Jury hearing
6 April 2023
The shortlisted candidates each present their achievements to the jury.
Award ceremony
13 June 2023
The winner will be announced and present their innovation live on stage during Swiss Medtech Day, Switzerland's most important medical technology conference.

NominatiNG partners

Peter Biedermann

Member of the nomination committee


Swiss Medtech

Magali Bischof

Member of the nomination committee

Secretary General

BioAlps Association

Hans Ebinger

Member of the nomination committee


Switzerland Innovation Park Ost

Lukas Huber

Member of the nomination committee

Deputy Managing Director

Greater Zurich Area Ltd.

Christoph Lang

Member of the nomination committee

Managing Director

ITZ InnovationsTransfer Zentralschweiz

Giuseppe Perale

Member of the nomination committee

Executive VP & Founder I.B.I. SA

Regenera SA

Katrin Siebenbürger Hacki

Member of the nomination committee


Medows GmbH


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. The winning team will be announced and celebrated at Swiss Medtech Day, the most important event for the Swiss medical technology industry.

Angela D’Aranno

Project Manager

+41 31 330 97 70