How Fasteris’s founders have colonised Switzerland

Launched in 2003 by two enthusiastic biologists in a tiny chalet, Fasteris has grown to become one of Switzerland’s largest genomics centres.

As with every success story, Fasteris might never have seen the light of day. Company founders Magne Osteras and Laurent Farinelli had known each other since their university days, yet their paths could have easily split. In those days, Magne Osteras had a taste for microbiology. Laurent Farinelli, however, was completing a PhD on plant virology at the research station in Changins, Vaud, carrying out research on transgenic potato plants. The two doctoral students were light years away from imagining that, one day, they would become business partners.

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Source: Technology by Bilan (special issue on BioAlps)

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