Moderna, VIA and Benchling receive “Tell Awards” for the FDI in

New York, NY, October 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Moderna, VIA and Benchling each won a 2021 Tell Award from the Swiss authorities, recognizing their significant foreign direct investments (FDI) in Switzerland, reports Daniel Bangser, Trade Commissioner of the Swiss. They join more than 50 American companies – such as Biogen, Google and PepsiCo – who have already won this prestigious award named in honor of the legendary Swiss folk hero William Tell.

Ambassador Markus Börlin, Consul General of Switzerland in New York, and Mr. Nicolas Descoeudres, Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco, will host private ceremonies for each company and present the awards to their management teams.

Ambassador Börlin notes “We are delighted to honor these exceptional companies, each of which has made a very important contribution to the Swiss economy. They exemplify the type of fast-growing companies that choose to establish a base in Switzerland for its talent, infrastructure and first-rate innovation. “

About the 2021 Tell Prize winners

Moderna opened an EMEA headquarters in Basel in 2020, where they now also manage the international manufacturing supply chain. In addition, the company signed a 10-year strategic collaboration agreement with Swiss company Lonza to manufacture Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at its factories in Switzerland and abroad.

VIA, an AI provider for data privacy, integration and analytics, is committed to accelerating Switzerland’s clean energy goals with its new office at Switzerland Innovation Park Central in Zug. Together with its R&D partner, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, VIA won funding from the Federal Office of Energy in 2020.

Benchling, a leading provider of cloud-based R&D software for the biotech industry, established its EMEA headquarters earlier this year in Zurich. Hailed as the “next billion dollar company” by Forbes, Benchling has grown rapidly in Europe and expects continued growth and investment in the region.

Strong commercial relationship

The United States and Switzerland have a long and solid trading history. Switzerland proudly ranks among the top 10 countries in the world as a destination for FDI from the United States and a source of FDI to the United States, ahead of many larger economies.

Tell Awards is a program of Switzerland Global Enterprise, the national trade and investment promotion agency, and its American branch Swiss Business Hub USA, which helps companies assess Switzerland and establish operations.

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