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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.

Specialised units

Specialised units in academic institutions in Switzerland

The member institutions of the SCTO and its network of CTUs offer specialised units for clinical research projects with patients which are either in an early phase or whose research questions require special conditions or methods.

The overview below aims to provide the following information in a systematic way:

  • Types of units available in Switzerland (pathology-specific, age-specific, infrastructure-specific)
  • How to access these units
  • Who may access these units (e.g. only for internal researchers of the respective institution, open to all academic researchers, open to all interested parties incl. industry)
  • Services offered

 

Overview of specialised units

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Name of unit Hosting institution
Departement Klinische Forschung, Ambulantes Studienzentrum für Kinder und Erwachsene (ASZ) University Hospital Basel (USB)
CTU Bern, Clinical Investigation Bern University Hospital/Inselspital
CRC centre de recherche clinique, CTU Geneva University Hospitals Geneva (HUG)
Division of Clinical Pharmacology Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)
Division of Immunology and Allergy Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)
CTC-Clinical Research Ward University Hospital Zurich
Unité de recherche clinique en Oncologie et Onco-hématologie / Fondation Dr Henri Dubois-Ferrière Dini Lipati University Hospitals Geneva (HUG)
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Hosting institution
University Hospital Basel (USB)
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
  • Healthy volunteers
  • Paediatric patients
Pathology covered
All
Number of beds
12
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
  • Full time 24/7 medical and nursing coverage
Dedicated team
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacologist
Other team
Close collaboration with hospital pharmacy and laboratory medicine. Full access to other CTU services (statistics, data management, monitoring etc.)
Special equipment
Infusion pump perfosomat; incubator; pulsoximeter; luxmeter; alcometer; continuous blood pressure monitoring; ECG. Other equipment may be available on request.
Unit's competences
  • Clinical pharmacology trials
  • Drug interaction/metabolism studies
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with healthy
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
  • Drug development
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Proof of concept
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence studies
Unit's services
  • Monitoring
  • Project management
  • Implementation of protocol
  • Protocol development
Other services
Data management, statistics
Unit is available to
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
  • All academic clinical researchers
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
Hosting institution
Bern University Hospital/Inselspital
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
Pathology covered
Several pathologies
Number of beds
1
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
Infrastructure remarks
Full access to stationary beds
Dedicated team
  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
Other team
Statistician, database manager, monitoring
Special equipment
ECG; centrifuge; cooling devices; full access to all equipment of Inselspital
Unit's competences
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with healthy
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
Unit's services
  • Project management
  • Monitoring
Unit is available to
  • All academic clinical researchers
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
Hosting institution
University Hospitals Geneva (HUG)
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
  • Healthy volunteers
  • Paediatric patients
Pathology covered
All
Number of beds
9
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
Dedicated team
  • Physician
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Laboratory technician
Other team
Clinical research assistant, data managers
Special equipment
Laboratory testing; cardiac monitoring. Other equipement may be available on request.
Unit's competences
  • Proof of concept
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with healthy
  • Drug interaction/metabolism studies
  • Drug development
  • Clinical pharmacology trials
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence studies
Other competences
trials with medical devices
Unit's services
  • Implementation of protocol
  • Monitoring
  • PK/PD expertise, PK modeling
  • Project management
  • Protocol development
Other services
Data management; quality assurance; biostatistic analysis; submission to authorities; audit; pharmacovigilance; annual safety report; clinical study report; continuing education in clinical research
Unit is available to
  • All academic clinical researchers
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
Hosting institution
Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
  • Healthy volunteers
Pathology covered
All
Number of beds
4
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
Infrastructure remarks
24/7 medical and nursing coverage can be organised on request
Dedicated team
  • Laboratory technician
  • Physician
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacist
Other team
Computer engineer; database manager
Special equipment
Cardiac and continuous blood pressure monitoring; full imaging; functional and laboratory testing available in CHUV
Unit's competences
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence studies
  • Clinical pharmacology trials
  • Drug development
  • Drug interaction/metabolism studies
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with healthy
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Proof of concept
  • Phase 0 trials
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
Unit's services
  • Implementation of protocol
  • PK/PD expertise, PK modeling
  • Project management
  • Protocol development
Other services
Monitoring can be ensured by CTU Lausanne; analytical methods for drug measurement in biological fluids; population PK analysis; therapeutic drug monitoring
Unit is available to
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
Hosting institution
Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
  • Healthy volunteers
  • Paediatric patients
Pathology covered
Several pathologies
Number of beds
5
Dedicated team
  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Laboratory technician
Special equipment
Laboratory testing
Unit's competences
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
Unit's services
  • Project management
  • Protocol development
  • Monitoring
  • Implementation of protocol
Unit is available to
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
Hosting institution
University Hospital Zurich
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
  • Healthy volunteers
Pathology covered
All
Number of beds
8
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
Dedicated team
  • Physician
  • Nurse
Other team
Regulatory affairs; data management; monitoring
Special equipment
Services by USZ
Unit's competences
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence studies
  • Clinical pharmacology trials
  • Drug development
  • Drug interaction/metabolism studies
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with healthy
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Phase 0 trials
  • Proof of concept
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
Other competences
Focus on IIT, pathophysiological objectives
Unit's services
  • Protocol development
  • Project management
  • PK/PD expertise, PK modeling
  • Implementation of protocol
Other services
Medical expertise by USZ researchers
Unit is available to
  • All academic clinical researchers
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
  • Clinical researchers of own institution
Unité de recherche clinique en Oncologie et Onco-hématologie / Fondation Dr Henri Dubois-Ferrière Dini Lipati
Hosting institution
University Hospitals Geneva (HUG)
Population concerned
  • Adult patients
Pathology covered
All
Number of beds
5
Infrastructure
  • Emergency room services
Dedicated team
  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Laboratory technician
Special equipment
All the techniques available at the HUG including PER-CT, PET-MRI with various radiotracers
Unit's competences
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence studies
  • Clinical pharmacology trials
  • Drug development
  • Drug interaction/metabolism studies
  • Early phase trials (l&ll) with patients
  • Evaluation of innovative diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Phase 0 trials
  • Proof of concept
  • Trials with monoclonal antibodies/biologics
  • Trials with vaccines
Other competences
Gene therapy/cell-based therapy
Unit's services
  • Protocol development
  • PK/PD expertise, PK modeling
  • Monitoring
  • Implementation of protocol
Unit is available to
  • All academic clinical researchers
  • Any potential user / client, incl. industry
  • Clinical researchers of own institution