Zebrafish as a model to study the toxicity of different pesticides – a case study

Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June, so this month we want to acknowledge this event by reviewing a scientific article where zebrafish are used to test the toxicity of certain pesticides: Toxicity of Deltamethrin to Zebrafish Gonads Revealed by Cellular Biomarkers 1, published in Journal of Marine Science and Engineering on January 23th, 2020.This article investigates the chronic effects of deltamethrin, a synthetic insecticide extensively used in pest control, on gonads. For doing so, the authors of the mentioned article exposed zebrafish adults…

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Zebrafish to study a broken heart: macrophages’ implication in scar formation after a heart attack

In this series of articles, we review some of the key scientific publications of 2020 which included zebrafish in their studies. This review will cover an article published in Nature Communications on January 30th, 2020: Macrophages directly contribute collagen to scar formation during zebrafish heart regeneration and mouse heart repair1.This article challenges the current model of scarring after a heart attack and implicates macrophages, a type of white blood cell of the immune system, as direct contributors to collagen deposition during this process.Heart attack and heart failureScarring process after a…

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Man-made chemicals PFAS surround us, and you did not even know about their toxic effect: what zebrafish can tell us

In this series of articles, we review some of the key scientific publications of 2020 which included zebrafish in their studies. This second review will cover an article published in Environmental Health Perspective on April 9th 2020: Evaluation of Developmental Toxicity, Developmental Neurotoxicity, and Tissue Dose in Zebrafish Exposed to GenX and Other PFAS1.In this article, the authors have studied the toxicology of different PFAS, short for poly and perfluoroalkyl substances, which are substances widely present in our daily life.PFAS and concerns about their useGrouping PFAS based on shared toxicity…

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Bilan magazine selects Bionomous as one of the most promising startups in Switzerland

The magazine Bilan, the leading swiss business magazine has named us one of the most promising and best start-ups in Switzerland! We are very proud to announce that Bionomous has been named one of the best Swiss startups to invest in. Every year, Bilan conducts a search for new start-ups appearing in the Swiss ecosystem (start-ups less than 3 years old) and selects those with the greatest potential. In this 9th edition, 270 start-ups were listed, 88 sent their application and 31 were selected as the most promising ones.  Bilan has been the reference media…

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IMD and Bionomous: collaborating for success

We are so excited to have started the collaboration with the IMD's MBA students ! Last December we won the IMD Startup Competition to participate in a program which provides a unique opportunity to get the insights of participants in IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA programs and work with them. This last month we have started working with the four amazing students with whom we are going to collaborate in the coming months. Thanks to their different areas of expertise: from branding and advertisement to project management and financials, and their enthusiasm and motivation,…

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On déménage!

Our team is growing and we are moving to a new and bigger space! So far, since the beginning of the project we have been working at the Mechanics building of EPFL, generously hosted in the laboratories of Prof. Francesco Mondada, where in fact all the idea of the EggSorter started.  But we have been growing and it is time to move into a bigger space, where we can continue developing our technology. In this way, from February we will be at the EPFL Innovation Park (Bâtiment F), hosted at maxon's offices. maxon…

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W.A. de Vigier Foundation Top 60 startups pitch

Bionomous has been selected as one of the Top 60 startups by the W.A. de Vigier Foundation! We are very proud to announce that Bionomous has been selected to participate in the Top 60 startups pitch event organised by the W.A. de Vigier Foundation. The event will be held online on February 4 at 9am and they will live stream it on their website. William A. de Vigier created in 1987 the W.A. de Vigier Foundation because he wanted to give young entrepreneurs the necessary startup capital to push good ideas forward. He…

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Software developer internship (80 – 100%)

About BionomousBionomous is a spin-off from the Biorobotics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Our team works on the development and commercialization of devices that automatize processes in biology and biotechnology, to accelerate research in fields such as genetics, toxicology, development and behavioral biology, and non-clinical studies.Your missionWork within the framework of the Bionomous project on the development, testing and deployment of software tools for our new product. The candidate will produce, maintain and document Android application that are used to control the device, as well…

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IMD Startup Competition

Bionomous is one of the winners of the 23rd annual IMD Startup Competition! We are very excited to announce that Bionomous has been selected to participate in the IMD Startup Competition, which provides a unique opportunity to get the insights of participants in IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA programs and work with them. This offer is open to all Swiss-based startups and runs in collaboration with the Swiss government's Innosuisse-Swiss Innovation Agency, VentureKick, MassChallenge Switzerland, investiere and Amazon Web Services.   This year they have selected 20 ventures (including Bionomous) and 18 startups to participate in the…

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Venture Kick – Stage III

We want to thank Venture Kick for their trust and support! It was January this year when we were selected to enter the Venture Kick program and now we are very excited to announce that we have reached the 3rd stage succesfully! Bionomous has been awarded with the 150,000 VK funding to bring automation to the lab. Since we entered the Venture Kick road, we have accomplished several milestones that would not have been possible without their support. Among others, we have been able to finish the development of the beta version…

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