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IBSA Foundation was established in 2012 in Lugano, Switzerland, by the pharmaceutical company IBSA Institut Biochimique SA.

Vision and Mission

IBSA Foundation Vision

“Going beyond treatment”: the Foundation is highly conscious of the benefits yielded by combining participation in cultural activities (role of the arts) with treatment journeys.  

IBSA Foundation Mission

Our Mission is to promote a scientific culture which is both authoritative and accessible. It pursues scientific outreach, being part of an international scientific network, and supporting scientific research.

Our team

IBSA Foundation avails of two Boards: two committees of experts in cultural, academic and scientific fields who help bring together events, projects and partnerships. 

The Advisory Board of IBSA Foundation includes influential figures from both academic and cultural spheres. The Scientific Board, on the other hand, sees representatives of international standing from the scientific community. 

Both Boards are coordinated by Silvia Misiti, Director of IBSA Foundation. She is supported by Irene Belatti e Jacopo Crespi for Communication and Sara Comodo for Admin and Events.
  • Advisory board
  • Scientific board
Silvia Misiti_Board
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Silvia Misiti Director of IBSA Foundation, MD and researcher, she obtained a PhD in Molecular endocrinology at Sapienza University of Rome. She lives in Lugano and she is also the Head of Corporate Communication of IBSA Group.Leggi la bio
Andrea Alimonti_Board
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Andrea Alimonti Head of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory of the Institute of Oncology Research and of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory of the Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, Full Professor of Oncology at Università della Svizzera italiana, Full Professor of Pharmacology at Università degli Studi di Padova, Full Professor of Experimental Oncology and Translational Cancer Medicine at ETH ZurichLeggi la bio
Antonio Musarò_Board
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Antonio Musarò Full Professor of Histology, Embryology and Biotechnology, Neuromuscular Research Group, Tissue Engineering Unit at the Sapienza University of RomeLeggi la bio
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Bruno Imthurn Prof, M.D., Senior Consultant 360° Fertility Center Zurich. Full Professor emeritus for Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endocrinology, University of Zurich. Past Chairman of the Department for Reproductive Endocrinology, University Hospital Zurich. Past Head of the Fertility Center, University Hospital Zurich.Leggi la bio
Domenico Salvatore_Board
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Domenico Salvatore Full Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Molecular and Clinical Endocrinology at the University of Naples Federico IILeggi la bio
Christian Walfrum_Board
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Christian Wolfrum Full Professor of the Institute of Food Nutrition and Health at the ETH ZurichLeggi la bio

Pillars and activities

IBSA Foundation supports scientific research and promotes outreach through its Education, Art, Science, Culture and Health activities.

  • USI scholarships

  • USI “Culture and Health” university course 
  • Fellowships

  • Forums

  • Ticino Scienza
Art and science
  • La Scienza a regola d’Arte

  • Let’s Science!

  • Lingua Madre - capsule per il futuro– new for 2021

  • Future Inventors – new for 2021
Culture and health
  • Competence Centre - new for 2021

  • USI “Culture and Health” university course - new for 2021

  • Fund for supporting cultural projects in healthcare facilities- new for 2021

  • Web portal - a benchmark for Switzerland - new for 2021

  • Switzerland’s first forum, entitled “Cultura e Salute - alliance for a sustainable future”, due to take place in Lugano on 26-27 November, 2021.