Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Zurich (1999); Dissertation at the Network City and Landscape (ORL/NSL) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich); PhD thesis on „Knowledge-Based Clusters in Switzerland: Reality or Fiction? A Case Study of the Medical Technology Industry“ (2005).

Professional experience:

Seven years of strategy consulting (2006-2010 and 2014-2015) for Helbling Business Advisors, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and, at partner-level, for ConCeplus with a focus on the medtech and pharmaceutical industry.
As the Managing Director responsible for the establishment and operation of the industry association Medtech Switzerland (2010-2013), with particular emphasis on the penetration of international markets by Swiss medtech companies.
Work as teaching and research assistant at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (1998-2005) with a focus on general economics, innovation policy and regional economics. Co-author of several textbooks and tutor of the course „The Swiss Economy“ at the University of Zurich.
Patrick‘s thematic focus at Avenir Suisse are trade, industrial und energy policy.

Selected external publications:


The Swiss Medical Technology Industry (SMTI) Survey (several editions, the last of which 2014), report, in co-operation with Beatus Hofrichter.

Volkswirtschaft der Schweiz – Aufbruch ins 21. Jahrhundert (2006), book, in co-operation with Beat Hotz-Hart and Daniel Schmuki.

Exzellent anders! Die Schweiz als Innovationshost (2006), book, in co-operation with Beat Hotz-Hart, Barbara Good, Manfred Grunt, Andreas Reuter and Daniel Schmuki.

Wissensbasierte Cluster in der Schweiz: Realität oder Fiktion? Das Beispiel der Medizinaltechnikbranche (2005), dissertation at the ETH Zurich.