Dr. Fabia Gozzo, Excelsus' CEO at the 9th HECRA meeting

8th October 2018

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, CEO of Excelsus Structural Solutions (ESS), has given a keynote lecture at the 9th Hellenic Crystallographic Association meeting (HECRA) on October 7th, 2018 at the University of Patras in Greece. In her talk 'Harnessing the synchrotron radiation technology to meet the needs of the Pharma industry', she described the challenges faced as well as the solutions brought by ESS team to make accessible advanced Synchrotron X-Ray Powder Diffraction analysis to Pharmaceutical Companies in order to solve issues related to the drug development cycle.

Joint meeting: PPXRD-16 and SPS-XRPD-2

5th October 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions has the pleasure to announce that the next edition of the SPS-XRPD workshop will be held together with the PPXRD-16 symposium in May 2019 in Switzerland!

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Dr. Pamela Whitfield was awarded the well-deserved ICDD Fellow award at the 2018 ICDD Spring Meetings.

26th March 2018

Congratulations to Pamela Whitfield who was awarded the ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) Fellow award at the 2018 ICDD Spring Meetings. The designation of Fellow is awarded by the ICDD Board of Directors to individuals who have given their time and talents beyond that normally associated with membership.


Nominations are solicited from the ICDD membership. Candidates must have served a minimum term of two years in one of the following positions: Board Director, Technical Regional Co-chair, Committee Chair, Technical Subcommittee Chair, or leader in a noteworthy ICDD activity. The Awards Committee reviews the nominations and recommends Fellow candidates to the ICDD Board of Directors.


The Fellow Award is presented at the ICDD Annual Meeting of Members in March of each year or a suitable meeting. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, and the recipient's travel expenses to the meeting, in accordance with ICDD's Travel Policy.

9th International HeCrA Conference

22nd March 2018

The 9th International Conference of the Hellenic Crystallographic Association (HECRA) will take place in October 5-7, 2018 at the Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras in Greece. The conference is co-organized by HECRA, the University of Patras and the Foundation for Research and Technology. The aim of this meeting is to promote and support research and education in the fields of crystallography and structure in Greece. The forthcoming conference will include plenaries and microsymposia dedicated to recent advances in CryoEM, XFELs, synchrotrons, spectroscopic methods and other related techniques for the study of materials, inorganics, small organics and biomacromolecules, emphasizing the progress of structural sciences in recent years. At this occasion, the CEO, Dr. Fabia Gozzo will be part of the Scientific Committee.

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Excelsus Structural Solutions AG is now visible on
23rd February 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions AG is now visible on which provides a searchable overview on ETH Domain spin-offs. 



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Our new article is available on the PharmTech website
5th February 2018

Our new article 'The Power of Synchrotron X-Ray Powder Diffraction for the Characterization of Pharmaceuticals' is now available on the PharmTech website !


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ESS is pleased to announce the collaboration with Improved Pharma LLC
5th February 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions is proud to announce a collaboration with Improved Pharma LLC (co-founded by Stephen Byrn, Professor at Purdue University, USA) to provide services related to synchrotron X-ray diffraction for both amorphous and crystalline materials. The combination of Prof. Byrn's expertise in structural characterization of amorphous pharmaceuticals via total scattering, spectroscopic and thermal techniques, with recent advances by ESS in method development during the Eurostars R&D Amorph_Pharma project, is expected to generate unprecedented synergy in the field of structural characterization of amorphous pharmaceuticals.


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Women in R&D and Innovation @ the IBM Research THINKLab - Zurich
26th November 2017

On November 27th at the prestigious IBM Labs in Ruschlikon near Zurich, an interesting event is organized by Dr Karin Vey (Executive Innovation Consultant at IBM Research) on the topic "Women and Innovation".


After a keynote presentation by Dr Cladia Pletscher, Head of Development Programs and Innovation Group at Swiss Post, a panel discussion on Women in R&D and Innovation takes place.


Panel discussion participants:

Dr Claudia Pletscher, keynote speaker

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, CEO of Excelsus Structural Solutions

Dr. Tanja Zimmermann, Department Head of Functional Materials, EMPA

Dr. Eleni Pratsini, Director Cognitive IoT Solutions, IBM Research.


Moderator: Dr Karin Vey


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Excelsus Structural Solutions' 5th Anniversary celebration
17th September 2017

On the afternoon of September 8th, we had the honor to welcome at Park Innovaare more than 65 participants from all over Europe - early supporters of the company, loyal customers as well as colleagues and friends - who joined the ESS team on the occasion of Excelsus' 5th Anniversary.


We thank all participants for sharing the celebration of this milestone with us!


After a very nice opening speech by Dr. Daniel Kündig (CEO of Park Innovaare), Dr Fabia Gozzo, CEO and founder of Excelsus Structural Solutions welcome the audience and took the opportunity to acknowledge the support and help of several colleagues and friends and underlined the importance of such support during the critical development phases of the company. Very particularly, she mentioned Dr Arturo Araque of Excelsus Scientific Engineering and the Paul Scherrer Institute directorate. At the end of her welcome talk, she surprised the audience with a contribution from Prof. Friso van der Veen (former Head of the Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology Departments at PSI) who participated from his place in Holland. Prof. van der Veen took the opportunity to recall the early stages of the company and renewed his best wishes for further success.


Exceptionally entertaining talks by Prof. Giorgio Margaritondo (EPFL & University of Lugano) & Dr. Christoph Quitmann (MAX IV, Lund, Sweden) followed, who shared their fascinating and personal views of the success behind Excelsus as well as their memories of past collaboration with Fabia.


Then Dr. Arnaud Grandeury (Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland) and Dr. Bernd Hinrichsen (BASF SE, Germany) who have been the very first industrial customers trusting Excelsus' services, shared their rewarding experience collaborating with Excelsus and how the company was able to help them boosting their innovation potential.


Finally, Prof. Joel Mesot (Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute) closed the series of speeches with very supportive concluding remarks that optimistically projected Excelsus' activities in the future in the exciting environment of the upcoming scientific Park Innovaare whose construction is just being started.


The event was honored by the presence of Ms Filomena Pucci, Italian writer, author of "Appassionate", a journey across women who transformed their passion into their enterprises, who distributed copies of her "Appassionate" book and discussed her project in support of women's point of view and innovation potential.

The afternoon proceeded with relaxing discussing surrounded by good food and wine and a magnificent celebrating cake!




"The idea behind Excelsus Structural Solutions was providing synchrotron radiation based analytical services to the industry both at the forefront of research and personalized so to meet their specific needs. We couldn't, therefore, envisage the future of Excelsus without a close collaboration with our customers and partners and the enthusiastic participation to our celebration today reflects the tight relationship we were able to create with the majority of our customers. This busts our energies for the future" -- Dr. Fabia Gozzo, Excelsus CEO and Founder




"The 5th anniversary celebration of Excelsus was a pleasure, and I took the opportunity to talk to several coworkers of Excelsus, other customers of Excelsus, and PSI co-workers. I also visited the SwissFEL for the first time. This was indeed a very fruitful afternoon" -- Dr. Thomas Laube, Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing Sciences, Janssen Cilag AG, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.




"The celebration was a great opportunity for a solid state theoretician like me to get in touch with experimental scientists, visit laboratories and talk about possible future collaboration in a very relaxed atmosphere" – Dr Laura Zoppi, EMPA and ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland.




"The event was very well organized. It was very nice to be able to visit the SLS and the SINQ. The dinner was a great opportunity to meet new people!" - Dr Jessica Soto, Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland




"The visit was fabulous, I realized it was really a chance to walk through these buildings (SLS, SINQ) and look at the connected laboratories. The given explanations were clear, comprehensive and interesting. As a Student Intern at Novartis (Basel), it was really a chance to participate to such an event. " - Morgane Jelsch, Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland




"It was a great pleasure to attend Excelsus 5th anniversary at the Park Innovaare. Excelsus is a strong partner for Crystallise! AG as we both complement on our services for the Pharma-, Agro-, and Chemical industries. We are looking forward for future nice collaboration." Dr. Gustavo Santiso-Quinones, Co-founder and CTO, Crystallise! AG, Switzerland.




"5 Years of ExcelsusSS! Inspiring story - visionary people - formidable buffet!"  - Dr. Gunther Steinfeld, Co-founder and CEO, Crystallise! AG, Switzerland.








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Women's passion - the new frontier of innovation by Filomena Pucci
1st September 2017

Based on the "Appassionate" project – a book about women who transform their own passion into enterprises


"I strongly believe that if we want to innovate the world, the frontier to cross and the land to discover will be the women's view of the world."



My work has always been to find stories that are worth telling and bring them to a wider audience through words. Since 2014, my research has become entirely devoted to stories of women who have been able to transform their passions into enterprises. In a production environment established for centuries and present throughout the world, the two elements – passion and women – represent an interesting novelty and a real opportunity for innovation.

In my work, I have discovered interesting data showing that the viewpoint of women is the frontier of a new and real innovation in the production and business world. In Italy, there are 1,320,000 enterprises run by women, one of the highest numbers in Europe (Unioncamere, 2016), and they have higher longevity, i.e. they fail less frequently than those run by men. Women-run businesses, therefore, guarantee a higher level of job security. But the most interesting fact pertains to the areas in which women are creating their enterprises. Even if the majority fall within traditional sectors of Italian industry, as many as 40% do not belong to any standard category: therefore, women invent new jobs and capture new markets.


A few months ago, I met Fabia Gozzo, CEO of Excelsus Structural Solutions, a spin-off company of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Her company now has two headquarters: in Brussels and at PARK INNOVAARE, an innovation park in Switzerland. For a long time, I had wanted to interview a woman scientist to link my idea of passion with the world of science. The first time I met Fabia, I was fascinated by the happiness in her eyes as she talked about her work and her laboratory. We were in the garden of the Italian Institute of Culture in Brussels, with wine and many people; during the party, she started to explain to me concepts like synchrotron light and polymorphs. Despite my bad grades in high school physics, I understood everything. At that moment, I realized that we were more similar than I had expected: while I use words to enter the core of issues, Fabia uses light. Read the article

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