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Associate members

The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Executive Office


Under the hand of Managing Director Annette Magnin, all the threads of the SCTO are interwoven. Together with the SCTO board, she defines the measures for implementing the strategic goals of the association and for fulfilling the service agreement with the federal government. She is a pharmacist and brings with her many years of experience and a broad knowledge of clinical research operations and the leadership and training of clinical professionals. In addition, she is involved in various professional and policy-related bodies. 


As ECRIN correspondent for Switzerland, Caecilia Schmid facilitates groundbreaking international partnerships in terrain of European research. In addition, she runs the Secretariat of the EUPATI Switzerland Platform, striving to have the voice of patients heard in the development and implementation of clinical trials. As Liaison Officer, she is also responsible for the SCTO platform, Data Management. She has a doctorate in epidemiology, with substantial experience in international clinical research and in research collaboration.


Melanie Glaettli coordinates the development of an online Swiss training portal for clinical research. The online portal should help clinical researchers improve their career opportunities, make it easier for young researchers to access this field of research and ultimately contribute to higher quality in clinical research in Switzerland. She holds a doctorate in biology and, since 2008, has gained a wealth of experience in supporting clinical research, particularly in the promotion of young scientists.

SwissPedNet | Regulatory Affairs, Safety

As National Coordinator of SwissPedNetPascale Wenger builds relationships between Swiss-based experts in clinical paediatric centres and their colleagues in other countries, in support of both the research projects of paediatricians and the advancement of paediatric medicines. She also serves as Liaison Officer for two SCTO platforms: Regulatory Affairs and Safety. In terms of network coordination, she supports researchers, professional groups and networks from various therapeutic fields, as they establish themselves and the infrastructure required for multicentre studies. She is a pharmacist with considerable experience in Regulatory Affairs and has been active in academic, patient-oriented research since 2008.


Rosine Mucklow ensures that internal processes at the SCTO run smoothly and that the right structures are in place for quality assurance. She is also Liaison Officer for three SCTO platforms: Auditing, Monitoring, and Project Management. She has been working in the field of clinical research and development since completing her degree in natural sciences. Thanks to her work with pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions large and small, she is experienced in handling relations with sponsors and clinical research organisations (CROs).


Michaela Egli, Estelle Jobson and Jadranka Knezevic make sure that the work of the SCTO can be widely seen, read and understood.

Jadranka Knezevic focuses on communication. As a qualified translator and editor, she handles the editorial management and coordination of publications. She develops and maintains the corporate identity, ensuring the golden thread runs through all aspects of the SCTO.

Estelle Jobson’s role includes imagining fresh ideas to create visibility around SCTO activities. She has a background in academic publishing and corporate writing and is an active patient advocate. In 2016, she completed the training for patient experts run by the European Patients' Academy (EUPATI).

Michaela Egli is exploring the realm of digital media, as well as fresh approaches to fostering dialogue and interaction with the public and with researchers of both today and tomorrow. A philosopher of science, she also brings practical experience in organisational development, communication and science outreach.


Vanessa Arn has the tricky job of managing our books and of juggling our complex and multifaceted Secretariat. Accordingly, she works together with our Communications team to ensure seamless event management, while also providing support to management with Human Resources. A skilled professional with a commercial diploma, Vanessa has spent many years in the fields of research and public health and is fully familiar with the environment of the SCTO.

The SCTO Executive Office is located in Bern.