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Balgrist Campus

The ResOrtho Foundation and the Balgrist Association founded Balgrist Campus AG in 2010. The purpose of Balgrist Campus AG is to develop a building for musculoskeletal research and development on the land directly in front of Balgrist University Hospital. The board of directors of Balgrist Campus AG is composed of representatives of both the ResOrtho Foundation and the board of the Balgrist Association. President of the Balgrist Campus Board is Prof. em. Christian Gerber.

Thanks to the new building being financed by private patrons, the research areas of tumor biology, paraplegiology, rehabilitation engineering, biomechanics / tendons, muscle biology and a technology transfer unit will be united under one roof. Balgrist Campus AG is a platform, which enables and furthers knowledge gained in the research of the locomotor (musculoskeletal) system. It develops and uses this insight for the benefit of patients.

Formation / key factors of Balgrist Campus:

2009: Beginning of the fund raising with a Ragtime event: In connection with the procurement of funds for the professorship in muscle biology, a well-known sponsor – H.J. Wyss - has declared his intention to provide the ResOrtho Foundation with the funds for a new musculoskeletal research centre.

2010: The ResOrtho Foundation and the Balgrist Association founded Balgrist Campus AG. The purpose of Balgrist Campus AG is to develop a building for musculoskeletal research and development on the land directly in front of Balgrist University Hospital.

2011: The property development contract with the cantonal government was signed. The pre-project for the Balgrist campus was awarded to the architects Daniel Wentzlaff (Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten BSA SIA AG in Basel).

In September 2011, a second Ragtime event took place at which the ResOrtho Foundation presented information on the progress of the new Professorship in Muscle Biology and the "Balgrist Campus" project. Thus, the procurement of the funds for the Balgrist Campus continued to forge ahead.

2012: The building approval for Balgrist Campus has been granted and excavation work has commenced.

2013: Building approval for Balgrist Campus on 14 May 2013; foundation stone ceremony on 4 September 2013

2015: The Canton of Zurich’s lottery fund supports the construction of the Research and Development Centre Balgrist Campus with CHF 9 million.

The Balgrist Campus was opened with a dignified celebration on 4th December 2015. The main sponsor, Dr Hansjörg Wyss inaugurated the research centre with great ceremony, in the company of Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and the many generous donors, representatives of users and guests from the academic and political worlds.

2016: In December 2016, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research declared the Balgrist Campus to be a research facility of national importance, just one year after it had been opened.

The following persons, companies and foundations have supported and thus made possible to build Balgrist Campus:

  • Henry C.M. Bodmer
  • Lotteriefonds Kt. Zürich
  • Novartis Stiftung
  • Oak Foundation
  • Schindler Holding AG
  • Thomke Invest AG
  • Hansjoerg Wyss Foundation / Fidelity Charitable
  • Gift Fund

  • Anklin AG
  • KARL STORZ Endoskope
  • Medacta International SA
  • Prokurations-Anstalt Vaduz
  • Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung (Max Gsell)
  • Stiftung Propter Homines (Herbert Batliner)
  • Stiftung Werner H. Spross
  • Stiftung Werner M. Wolf AG
  • Swiss Asset Partners Holding AG (Herr R. Zingg)

  • Rafael Benavent
  • Rolando Benedick
  • Anton Borer, Borer Chemie AG
  • Paulette und Jean-Daniel de Schaller
  • Friedrich Fahrni
  • Christian Gerber
  • Samuel Gerber
  • Treuhand Gerber + Co. AG
  • Irène und Max Gsell
  • Irène und Max Gsell Stiftung
  • Hans-Ulrich Gygax
  • Nils Hagander
  • Peter Herrmann
  • Ursula und Donald Hess
  • Thomas Sprecher, Niederer Kraft und Frey AG
  • Heinz Spross
  • Jean R. Weyeneth
  • Alfred & Beatrice Wiederkehr
  • Dominik E. Zehnder