Future Hospitals: Research Institutes Meet Industry



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  • March 13, 2024 China 13 Wednesday China
    Academia, Innovation

    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.

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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 – Presentation by Dr. Chouwen ZHU, Director, Shanghai Clinical Research and Trial Center
  • 3:20pm – Presentation by Prof. Christiane PAULI-MAGNUS, Co-head of the Department of Clinical Research at Basel University Hospital and the University of Basel
  • 3:30pm – Presentation by Dr. Qun CHEN, PhD, CEO of Central Research Institute at UlH Group, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, BME, ShanghaiTech University
  • 3:40pm – Presentation 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 – Presentation by Stefan SULZER, Managing Director & Dr. Minou Afzali, Head of Research, Swiss Centre for Design and Health
  • 4:50pm – Presentation by Dr. Ze XIONG, Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, ShanghaiTech University; Swissnex Fellow
  • 5:00pm – Presentation 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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