SystemsX.ch aims at establishing Switzerland among the world's-leaders in systems biology research, by funding interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative projects. The focus is on quantitative and predictive biomedical research including the support of technological platforms. SystemsX.ch is currently funding about 85 projects, involving about 1,000 scientists from 12 research institutions.
Flagships of SystemsX.ch are 14 so-called RTD-projects. Financing for SystemsX.ch is provided by federal funding of CHF 100 Mio over the period of 2008-2011. The participating twelve partners (Swiss universities and research institutions) add another 100 Mio as matching funds. Collaboration with industry and public research funding agencies complement the initiative.
SystemsX.ch aims to become a world-leading initiative in quantitative systems biology. This goal shall be achieved by combining Switzerland’s strengths in genomics and biomedical research with its flourishing basic research in the areas of chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering. In a paradigm shift, biology is changing from a descriptive, qualitative science to a predictive, quantitative one. SystemsX.ch aims to accelerate this shift on three avenues: by developing innovative technology to obtain and analyze quantitative biomedical data; via building mathematical models that accurately simulate and predict the behavior of biological systems, and most importantly: by asking the right biological questions.
SystemsX.ch is up to now the largest Swiss public thematic research effort
It is funded by the Swiss Government and its partner institutions with the amount of CHF 200 Mio for 2008-2011
SystemsX.ch aims to make Switzerland a global leader in systems biology research