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About Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

EPFL is Europe's most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Headquarter Location

Route Cantonale

Lausanne, 1015,

Switzerland

+41 21 693 11 11

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Latest Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne News

Gummy-like Robots Open Doors to Disease Research

Feb 11, 2019

New ways of understanding diseases will come from gel-like robots. A major breakthrough in the study of diseases has been achieved by scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne ( EPFL ). The team has been able to successfully create ways to stimulate cells and microtissue in vivo and in vitro mechanically. The researchers led by Selman Sakar developed micromachines that can carry out complicated manipulation tasks under physiological conditions on a microscopic scale. These new tools will help doctors and scientists better understand the conditions that cause disease. Artificial muscles move tiny tools The powerful tools are powered by cell-sized artificial muscles. The set of tools are made up of microactuators and soft robotic devices which are wirelessly activated by laser beams that can perform both chemical and mechanical stimulation of a variety of biological samples. "We wanted to create a modular system powered by the contraction of distributed actuators and the deformation of compliant mechanisms,"  said Sakar. The complete system is assembled in an almost Lego brick-like fashion from various hydrogel components. Lego-inspired design Once a compliant skeleton is attained, tendon-like polymer connections are added between the skeleton and the microactuators. By assembling the bricks and actuators in different ways, scientists can create an array of complicated micromachines. "Our soft actuators contract rapidly and efficiently when activated by near-infrared light. When the entire nanoscale actuator network contracts, it tugs on the surrounding device components and powers the machinery," said Berna Ozkale, the study's lead author. Using this method the scientist can activate multiple microactuators at specified locations that open many possibilities for research. The authors of the paper that detail their new approach say their new technology could be adapted by doctors for use in medical implants to stimulate tissue mechanically. It could also be used as an on-demand method of delivery of biological agents. The research is published in  Lap on a Chip . Hydrogel remembers shapes Sakar’s lab is also involved in another exciting project that is developing novel ways to pick up and transport microscopic objects in a liquid environment independent of their shape or size. Advertisement Unlike using actuated fingers, this new way of transport does not require an understanding of the object's shape nor does the grip mechanism need to be pre-set. The system works by using a hydrogel that can ‘remember its original shape.' When the gel is placed next to an object within a tube, it engulfs the object and replicates its shape, Calcium ions are added to the tube, and the hydrogel becomes a solid. This solid can then be used to transport the object. To release the object the calcium ions are swapped out for potassium ions, thus making the ball soft again. “The hydrogel can take on a variety of shapes, making it a kind of universal gripper,” says Haiyan Jia, the lead author. Advertisement

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Investments

6 Investments

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has made 6 investments. Their latest investment was in ArcoScreen as part of their Grant on October 10, 2021.

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Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Investments Activity

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Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/14/2021

Grant

ArcoScreen

$1.1M

Yes

2

6/13/2019

Biz Plan Competition

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$99M

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10

1/5/2017

Grant

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10

1/6/2010

Series G

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$99M

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6/10/2004

Series C

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$99M

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Date

10/14/2021

6/13/2019

1/5/2017

1/6/2010

6/10/2004

Round

Grant

Biz Plan Competition

Grant

Series G

Series C

Company

ArcoScreen

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$1.1M

$99M

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$99M

New?

Yes

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2

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Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Portfolio Exits

3 Portfolio Exits

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has 3 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was BlueBotics on February 02, 2022.

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Companies

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2/2/2022

Acquired

1

8/25/2021

IPO

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5/12/2014

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

2/2/2022

8/25/2021

5/12/2014

Exit

Acquired

IPO

Acquired

Companies

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$99M

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Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has 10 strategic partners and customers. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne recently partnered with ETH Zurich on April 4, 2022.

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Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

4/11/2022

Partner

Switzerland

Bulgaria to launch AI and computer science research institute backed by AWS, Google and DeepMind

Created in partnership with two of the world 's leading technology universities , ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne , it is supervised and advised by world-renowned scientists from ETH Zurich , EPFL Lausanne , IST Austria , MIT , UC Berkeley , Yale , Princeton , and the Technion .

1

2/16/2022

Partner

United Kingdom

EPFL and DeepMind use AI to control plasmas for nuclear fusion

Brendan Tracey , a senior research engineer at DeepMind and co-author of the study , says : `` The collaboration with the SPC pushes us to improve our reinforcement learning algorithms , and as a result can accelerate research on fusing plasmas . ''

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2/15/2022

Partner

United States

Novelis collaborates to develop carbon-neutral solutions for aluminum manufacturing

In partnership with Oiken , HES-SO Valais-Wallis and EPFL , the company will establish a collaborative research and development laboratory at Novelis Inc. ' Sierre plant in Switzerland .

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6/26/2020

Licensee

United States

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10

11/19/2019

Partner

Switzerland

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Date

4/11/2022

2/16/2022

2/15/2022

6/26/2020

11/19/2019

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Licensee

Partner

Business Partner

Country

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

United States

Switzerland

News Snippet

Bulgaria to launch AI and computer science research institute backed by AWS, Google and DeepMind

Created in partnership with two of the world 's leading technology universities , ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne , it is supervised and advised by world-renowned scientists from ETH Zurich , EPFL Lausanne , IST Austria , MIT , UC Berkeley , Yale , Princeton , and the Technion .

EPFL and DeepMind use AI to control plasmas for nuclear fusion

Brendan Tracey , a senior research engineer at DeepMind and co-author of the study , says : `` The collaboration with the SPC pushes us to improve our reinforcement learning algorithms , and as a result can accelerate research on fusing plasmas . ''

Novelis collaborates to develop carbon-neutral solutions for aluminum manufacturing

In partnership with Oiken , HES-SO Valais-Wallis and EPFL , the company will establish a collaborative research and development laboratory at Novelis Inc. ' Sierre plant in Switzerland .

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Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Team

2 Team Members

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has 2 team members, including former Managing Director, Lijin Aryananda.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Lijin Aryananda

Wyss Zurich, Hocoma, QualySense, and University of Zurich

Managing Director

Former

Bruno Breton

Bollore, T-Mobile, Publicis Groupe, Caisse des Depots et Consignations, and Bouygues

Managing Director

Former

Name

Lijin Aryananda

Bruno Breton

Work History

Wyss Zurich, Hocoma, QualySense, and University of Zurich

Bollore, T-Mobile, Publicis Groupe, Caisse des Depots et Consignations, and Bouygues

Title

Managing Director

Managing Director

Status

Former

Former

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