The Institute of Life Technologies is part of the School of Engineering of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais (HES-SO Valais-Wallis). 

Our activities include applied research and development (R&D), services and continuing education courses. Our partners are SMEs and multinationals from the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics, food, cosmetic and chemical industry sectors. 

Our team of approx. 90 professors, scientific and technical staff members carry out a large number of research projects every year. They provide a wide range of services and consultancy that fulfil the highest quality requirements.

Applied research and development [R&D]

Projects are carried out by research groups of principal investigators and senior research associates. The combination of complementary scientific skills and industry experience generates unique synergies and new possibilities.Our in-house team of experts, backed by a large network of national and international contacts, if needed, designs and develops smart and efficient solutions tailored to the specific requirements of our partners.


The Institute offers a large range of services, which include:
  • Analytics

Chemical, microbiological and molecular-biological testing of food, packaging and organic compounds are at the core of our activities. This sector has been accredited to ISO 17025 by the Swiss Accreditation Service SAS (accreditation number STS 0093). These international standards guarantee a consistently high quality of the services offered by our laboratories.
Our services: a wide range of analyses, the development of methods, the validation of methods, the transfer of methods.
  • Small scale production

Our know-how and our equipment enable us to develop processes for our clients and to produce them on a small scale.
Our services: the production of biomolecules and biomass, of plant extracts and food products.



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Institute of Life Technologies

Sergio Schmid, Head of Institute

Rue de l'Industrie 19
CH - 1950 Sion