The 2nd Swiss Symposium in Point-of-Care Diagnostics takes place on 18 October 2018 in Chur, Switzerland. The event brings together stakeholders from science, medicine, and industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing new and innovative point-of-care diagnostic products.

Participants will gain insight into and help to shape the technological revolution that will deliver decentralized, boundary-less, proximity testing of patients, thus further enabling personalized medicine and making future healthcare better and more efficient.

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Dr.Dieter Ulrich
CSEM Landquart

Prof. Marc E. Pfeifer
HES-SO Valais-Wallis

We have put together a diverse and exciting program, including 11 expert presentations that address clinical needs, enabling technologies, and innovative products new to the market. Special highlights this year will include the plenary lecture from Prof. Joseph Wang, University of California San Diego (USA), and the keynote speech from Dr. Emmanuel Delamarche, IBM Research, Zurich

And this year’s industry exhibition is a great opportunity to hear from well-established companies and start-ups alike about their latest products and technological propositions in point-of-care diagnostics.

Chairing the 2nd Swiss Symposium in Point-of-Care Diagnostics is, for us, both a pleasure and an honor. We look forward to welcoming you this autumn to Chur.

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Prof. Dr. Joseph Wang

University of California, San Diego, USA

Plenary lecture

Wearable Electrochemical Sensors: Toward Labs on the Skin

Medical wearables mean long-term, real-time, non-invasive monitoring for health and wellness. Learn about recent developments in epidermal and buccal electrochemical sensors—their preparation, characterization, future prospects, and the challenges they bring.

Dr. Emmanuel Delamarche

IBM Research Center, Zurich

Keynote speech

Precise, intelligent, mobile, and secure point-of-care diagnostics: How can tech help?

The extremely high control levels of capillary-driven elements may extend the performance of microfluidic devices to a next level of precision in the manipulation of samples and reagents. Learn about the use of capillary-driven microfluidic chips for highly miniaturized immunoassays, how microfluidic elements can be assembled into self-powered devices, and how this technology can be augmented using peripherals and smartphones, even combatting the counterfeiting of point-of-care diagnostics.

PD Dr. Oliver Nolte

Centre for Laboratory Medicine, St. Gall, Switzerland.

POC diagnostics of infectious diseases—what role does the clinical microbiology laboratory have?

Prof Dr. med. Daniel H. Paris

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland.

Point-of-care diagnostic development—an unbiased clinical approach

Dr. Caroline Lustenberger

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.

Mobile Health


Dr. Jörg Schotter

Austrian Institute of Technology AIT, Wien Austria.

Magnetic nanoprobe-based mix & measure molecular diagnostics for point-of-care applications

Prof. Dr. Bruno Schnyder

HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Sierre, Switzerland.

Easy-to-Use Bacterial Test Systems

Dr. Silvia Generelli

CSEM S.A., Landquart, Switzerland.


Dr. med. Martin Risch

Zentrallabor, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur, Switzerland.

Challenges in POC implementation

Dr. Claudio Rhyner

Davos Diagnostics, Davos, Switzerland.

Fast solutions for protein detection

Dr. Jörg Schickedanz

QIAGEN Lake Constance GmbH, Stockach, Germany.

BioLAGO e.V., Chairman of the Board

Next generation point-of-care diagnostics: Opportunities and challenges



9:00 Registration & coffee

Welcome note

Dr. Jon Domenic Parolini, Government Councilor/Head of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Canton of Grisons.

Dr. Dieter Ulrich, CSEM S.A., Landquart, Chairman.

  MORNING SESSION – Medical needs
Prof. Marc E. Pfeifer, HES-SO, Valais-Wallis, Co-Chairman.

POC diagnostics of infectious diseases—What role does the clinical microbiology laboratory have?

PD Dr. sc. hum. Oliver Nolte, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, St. Gall, Switzerland.


Point-of-care diagnostics development—an unbiased clinical approach

Prof. Dr. med. Daniel H. Paris, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland.


Mobile health

Dr. Caroline Lustenberger, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.


Keynote speech

Precise, intelligent, mobile, and secure point-of-care diagnostics: how can tech help?

Dr. Emmanuel Delamarche, IBM Research Center, Zurich, Switzerland.


AFTERNOON SESSION A – Key enabling technologies

Prof. Eric Kübler, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Hochschule für Life Sciences, Muttenz, Switzerland.


Magnetic nanoprobe-based mix & measure molecular diagnostics for POC applications

Dr. Jörg SchotterAustrian Institute of Technology AIT, Vienna, Austria.


Easy-to-Use bacterial test systems

Prof. Dr. Bruno Schnyder, HES-SO Valais – Wallis, Sion, Switzerland.



Dr. Silvia Generelli, CSEM S.A., Landquart, Switzerland.

14:45 – 15:15 COFFEE BREAK 

AFTERNOON SESSION B – POC diagnostics in practice

Dr. Thomas Stauffer, Medics Labor AG, Bern, Switzerland.


Challenges in POC implementation

Dr. med. Martin Risch, Zentrallabor, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur, Switzerland.


Fast solutions for protein detection

Dr. Claudio Rhyner, Davos Diagnostics, Davos


Next Generation Point-of-Care Diagnostics: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Jörg Schickedanz, QIAGEN Lake Constance GmbH, Stockach, Germany.
BioLAGO e.V., Chairman of the Board

16:30 – 16:45 SHORT BREAK

Plenary lecture

Wearable electrochemical sensors: Toward Labs on the Skin

Prof. Dr. Joseph Wang, University of California, San Diego, USA.

17:45 – 18:00   Closing remarks



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  • Deadline October 10, 2018









Call for posters

The second « Swiss Symposium in Point-of-Care Diagnostics », which takes place on October 18, 2018 in Chur, Switzerland invites participants of the symposium to submit an abstract for the poster session. Unique in its format, the symposium and the poster presentations cover the full bandwidth of POC diagnostics, from fundamental science and technology to new products and clinical adoption. A POC Diagnostics prize will be awarded to the best poster presentation.

Deadline for abstract submission is 21 September 2018 (use the abstract canvas). Send the abstract to samantha.paoletti@csem.ch and bruno.schnyder@hevs.ch. Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed and can then bring along their poster (A0 format) to the symposium. The abstracts will be published in the symposium booklet.

The author of the best poster will be awarded with a CHF 500.- cash prize.

Looking forward to receiving your poster presentation,

The organizing committee






CSEM team & HES-SO Valais-Wallis team

Scientific board: Samantha Paoletti, Bruno Schnyder, Marc E. Pfeifer, Dieter Ulrich.
Organizing team: Claudia Silvany, Nikola Relota, Aline Moser, Claudine Julia-Schmutz.


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