NCCR Chemical Biology

Internationally recognised centre of excellence in research in a new interdisciplinary field: chemical biology.

The National Research Centre of Excellence Chemical Biology is one of the 28 NCCRs that have been set up since 2001 by the SNSF Swiss National Swiss Foundation to promote long-term research networks in areas of strategic importance for Swiss science, Swiss economy and Swiss society. The federal funding assigned to the NCCRs is determined by parliament. In addition, they receive funding from the higher education institutions and from third parties.

The NCCR Chemical Biology mission is to develop new chemistry tools and approaches for the visualization and manipulation of biochemical activities in living cells serving to resolve important and challenges in life sciences. This research structure gathers a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of highly skilled chemists, biochemists, physicists and cell biologists to constitute the backbone of an extensive and dynamic network of participating institutions and key collaborations.

The excellence of its research, state-of-the-art technical expertise and most innovative technologies at a worldwide level encourages creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The NCCR Chemical Biology focuses on

  • establishing several collaborations with industry and research institutions
  • fostering CTI projects
  • pursuing the creation of start-ups and/or spin-offs
  • distributing materials with MTA
  • file patents
  • providing a unique in Switzerland entry training point to entrepreneurship.

The NCCR Chemical Biology is hosted by the University of Geneva (leading house) and the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (co-leading house).


Phaedra Simitsek, Chief Operations Officer
Phone: +41 (0)22 379 6407