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University of Basel and ETH Zurich combine cutting-edge research for children and adolescents worldwide

Today, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) in Basel. They bring together top scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to develop new methods and digital innovations for global use in paediatrics. The BRCCH is funded by a CHF 100 million contribution from Fondation Botnar in Basel.

19 September 2018

“Children and adolescents are a key part of our society. We want to give them tools to shape their lives successfully and to actively contribute to positive development. The BRCCH will provide many new solutions to help achieve this,” says Dr. Peter Lenz, President of the Board, Fondation Botnar.

This involvement in the BRCCH represents a targeted investment by the foundation that was set up in 2003. While newly developed solutions are being introduced, Fondation Botnar will provide the BRCCH with access to its networks in a number of cities in Tanzania, Romania and elsewhere.

The Basel location

The Research Centre will begin its operational activities at the start of 2019 in Basel and will be expanded gradually. Basel, with its university, the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich and numerous highly innovative companies in the areas of biotech and life sciences, is predestined to be home to the BRCCH.

Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss foundation based in Basel and established in 2003 to continue the philanthropic legacy of the Botnar family. The core purpose of the Foundation is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in fast-growing urban environments around the world. Fondation Botnar acts as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in scalable artificial intelligence (AI) and digital innovations. Fondation Botnar is a member of SwissFoundations, the association of grant-making foundations in Switzerland.

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