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PHRT Partnership Agreement 2021 - 2024

Life science research currently undergoes a drastic revolution. Today’s medicine is being ultimately transformed into “individualized medicine”: in essence, a person’s unique biological makeup will guide decisions on how to maintain and restore his or her health. The Strategic Focus Area Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) aims at contributing cutting-edge research to this worldwide endeavour. To this end, the ETH Domain initiative is being coordinated with universities, hospitals and other initiatives in Switzerland, notably the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN).

ETH Zurich, Empa, EPF Lausanne and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) are the legitimate partners (“Partner(s)”) of the Strategic Focus Area Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT).


Legally speaking, PHRT has the form of a “simple society”. ETH Board approved a total of CHF 100 million for the period 2017-2024 in two phases. The present Partnership Agreement is based on the agreement of the first phase and sets the frame for a smooth implementation of the PHRT program.


The participating institutions strive to achieve the highest scientific quality in the field of personalized health including related technologies and, through their collaboration within the framework of PHRT (and SPHN), establish for themselves a worldwide reputation of excellence. To this effect, they will support this program with scientific, financial and non-financial contributions and jointly conduct the scientific monitoring of the approved projects and of the PHRT program as a whole.

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