Research and Development
Working together at home and abroad to boost digital innovation and progress
Switzerland is a leading research nation with the highest number of patents per capita in Europe and demonstrated strength in several R&D fields, such as pharmaceutical research. However, it lags behind in digital technologies patents. Switzerland’s advanced, high-cost economy can only continue to grow, prosper and maintain competitiveness in the future through technological progress, which means focusing on R&D. Policymakers should create an attractive framework for R&D, both domestically and by integrating Switzerland in multinational research programmes. Businesses can implement agile development processes and foster R&D talent whilst strengthening collaboration with academia, other corporations and non-traditional partners, such as digital companies.
Here are what policymakers and businesses need to do to power up Switzerland’s research & development capabilities to improve competitiveness and prosperity.