Nestlé's CTO is honoured with the BioAlps Prize

Sep 27, 2011

Werner Bauer, Nestlé’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, has been honoured with the prestigious BioAlps Award. The Award is given by BioAlps (the Lake Geneva Life Sciences Cluster) to thank and recognise people who have played a major role in giving Western Switzerland its high-standing international reputation in life sciences.

Werner Bauer awarded the BioAlps Prize BIOALPS AWARD: Benoît Dubuis, left, presents the Award to Werner Bauer, right. The Award is a glass trophy that contains the DNA helix, the chemist’s serpent and a cog to symbolize both technologies in life sciences and the complex mechanisms of life itself.

Professor Patrick Aebischer, President of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), gave the laudation for Werner Bauer, paying tribute to Mr Bauer’s outstanding career as well as his important contribution to life sciences, especially in Western Switzerland.

Benoît Dubuis, President of the BioAlps Association, presented the award to Mr Bauer at the tenth BioAlps Networking Day at the premises of Merck Sorono in Geneva.

Mr Bauer was delighted to be chosen for the award, both personally and in recognition of the excellent collaboration and networking there is in life sciences in Switzerland.

In accepting the award, Mr Bauer highlighted the importance of venture capital. “It is very important to have resources to explore new ideas and technologies. That's why Nestlé is involved in several venture capital funds, including Life Ventures, W. Health and Venture Incubator. I personally oversee our venture capital initiatives because I admire the power of innovation of start-up companies,” he said.

He closed his speech by saying, “having spent the first half of my career in academia, and the other in the business world, I am particularly pleased to receive this award because it honours the role of science in business.”

As CTO, Mr Bauer directs Nestlé’s innovation, technology, research and development strategy, and is responsible for its implementation. He has served as a member of Nestlé’s Executive Board since 2002, first as Head of Technical, Production, Environment, Research and Development, and since 2007 in his present function. CV: Werner Bauer(pdf, 163 Kb)

The BioAlps Association is a cluster of Life Sciences in Western Switzerland, and claims to be among the best in the world. BioAlps is supported by the Swiss Cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva, Valais, Jura and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and by all key research institutions in the region.

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BioAlps Networking Day Press Release(pdf, 370 Kb)