Future Hospitals: Research Institutes Meet Industry

The challenges posed by an aging population, high healthcare costs, limited medication resources, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, and restricted access to care are shared concerns worldwide. To effectively tackle these challenges, a global-level transition is imperative. Join us for our new "Future Hospitals" series, where academics and practitioners from China and Switzerland will come together to explore emerging topics and transformative solutions within the healthcare landscape.

The aging population, high healthcare costs, limited medication resources, hospitals, doctors, as well as access to care are some examples of the challenges that every country must face. A global-level transition is necessary and will have to be achieved through the development of new technologies, research, and a reorganization of the system. Only close collaboration among governments, research institutions, healthcare industry companies, and healthcare facilities will enable us to meet these challenges. The patient’s journey must be at the core of a system that aims to be accessible, affordable, and equitable.

To improve the patient’s hospital journey, technolgies will play a pivotal role. They might provide solutions, such as  AI for early disease detection, automation of certain tasks to address the shortage of personnel, and the practice of telemedicine to ensure healthcare access to everyone.

To further enhance partnerships, Swissnex in China is launching a new series called Future Hospitals on March 13. The event will explore emerging technologies and transformative solutions in the landscape of healthcare within the hospital setting and focus on the patient experience. This Swissnex initiative, structured as a series, aims to serve as a platform to bring together academic institutes, researchers, practitioners and companies from Switzerland and China to seek opportunities for collaboration between the two countries. From hospital design to patient well-being and clinical trials, the healthcare subject is broad, therefore the concept can be tailored to more specific topics based on the opportunities identified in collaborations with Swiss or Chinese partners.


Please note that this event is by invitation-only. If you are interested in attending, kindly provide us with a brief introduction to [email protected]




  • 2:30pm

Opening remarks

  • 3:00pm – Host by Dr. Yan NIE, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs, ShanghaiTech University
  • 3:00pm – Philippe ROESLE, CEO & Consul, Swissnex in China
  • 3:05pm – Dr. Jinglei WU, President, Shanghai Medical Association

Collaborative Opportunities between Research Hospitals and Industry

  • 3:10pm – Moderator: Dr. Ying LEI, Deputy Director, Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS); Research Director, Shanghai Clinical Research and Trial Center
  • 3:10pm – “𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗶 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 —— 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹” by Dr. Chouwen ZHU, Director, Shanghai Clinical Research and Trial Center
  • 3:20pm – “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗹 - 𝗘𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵-𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵” by Prof. Christiane PAULI-MAGNUS, Co-head of the Department of Clinical Research at Basel University Hospital and the University of Basel
  • 3:30pm – “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻” by Dr. Qun CHEN, Ph.D., CEO of Central Research Institute at UlH Group, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, ShanghaiTech University
  • 3:40pm – “𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘀” by Dr. Lianshan ZHANG, Board Member and Vice Director of Jiangsu Hengrui Pharmaceuticals
  • 3:50pm – Panel Discussion
  • 4:20pm – Coffee Break

Technology in Hospital Transformation

  • 4:40pm – Moderator: Dr. Wuwei REN, Assistant Professor, School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University; Swissnex Fellow
  • 4:40pm – “𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗼𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴” by Stefan SULZER, Managing Director & Dr. Minou Afzali, Head of Research, Swiss Centre for Design and Health
  • 4:50pm – “𝗪𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗕𝗶𝗼𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹” by Dr. Ze XIONG, Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, ShanghaiTech University; Swissnex Fellow
  • 5:00pm – “𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘀” by Dr. Frederick JOHNSON, Founder & CEO, SurgeonsLab
  • 5:10pm – Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks

  • 5:40pm – Dr. Yan NIE, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs, ShanghaiTech University

Networking Reception

  • 5:45pm

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