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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.


Our services: we provide expertise and contacts

We are committed to making Switzerland a more attractive location for research. Everyone involved in clinical research, including research groups from academia and industry, authorities, patients and the public, can find a platform for exchanging information and ideas at the SCTO. This enables them to advance clinical research in Switzerland together.

The SCTO, the CTU network and various partners are working to promote clinical research in Switzerland and make it more accessible. Our services are designed to optimise and harmonise processes. We focus on quality, efficiency and transparency. The CTUs provide all the services needed to smoothly conduct clinical study projects.

Our member institutions host specialised units for clinical research projects with patients which are either in an early phase or whose research questions require special conditions or methods. An overview of the units existing in Switzerland is provided in the map below. 

We initiate and moderate working groups that tackle the current challenges of clinical research and attempt to develop solutions. Additionally, we look ahead in order to identify changes at an early stage and respond to them appropriately.

For further information about our services see our latest SCTO Short Report.