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Raphaël Conz joins Biopôle SA’s Board of Directors

Biopôle SA is pleased to announce that Raphaël Conz, recently appointed as Managing Director of the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) by the State Council of the canton of Vaud, is joining the Biopôle SA Board of Directors.

Biopôle SA is a private, not-for-profit company, founded by the public authorities of the canton of Vaud in 2004. On its Board of Directors, Raphaël Conz will notably represent the SPEI of the State of Vaud – the main shareholder of Biopôle. His appointment expands the board to seven members.

Raphaël Conz began his work for the economic promotion of the canton of Vaud in 2002. Starting as a Project Manager, he was promoted to head a business unit with the mission of supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and industry. Between 2006 and 2008, he was also Deputy Director of an organisation commissioned by the four cantons of French-speaking Switzerland to attract foreign companies. For more than 20 years, he has represented the State of Vaud on the boards of various entities in the economic promotion network, including Innovaud, FIT (Foundation for Technological Innovation) and the EPFL Innovation Park Foundation.

Raphaël Conz says: ‘Raphaël Conz says: ‘I am delighted to join Biopôle SA’s board. Having witnessed the invaluable contribution that this innovation park has made for Vaud-based companies over the years, I’m looking forward to helping to further establish the State of Vaud as a life sciences hub, thanks to Biopôle.’

I’m looking forward to helping to further establish the State of Vaud as a life sciences hub, thanks to Biopôle.

Raphaël Conz

Nouria Hernandez, President of Biopôle SA’s Board of Directors, says: ‘It is a pleasure to welcome Raphaël Conz to our board. His experience spans the public and private sectors and he has an in-depth knowledge of the workings of our region and the economic make-up of Vaud, and a vast network of partners involved in the economic promotion of Vaud. He will be an invaluable addition to our team.’

Biopôle SA is responsible for managing and promoting Biopôle Lausanne, a thriving and dynamic campus that is currently home to more than 135 companies, with 2,500 people working on site. It currently houses nine buildings, offering a total floor space of 65,000 m2; by 2025, it will have expanded to 105,000 m2 across 14 buildings.


Biopôle SA's Board of Directors in the offices of Biopôle SA to welcome Raphaël Conz on June 28, 2023. From left to right: Andreane Jordan Meier, Raphaël Conz, Maurice Mischler, Nicolas Cottier, Nouria Hernandez (President) and Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand together with Nasri Nahas, CEO. Michel Staffoni was not present. ©Nicolas Sphuler