About the "St-Aubin Innovation Space"
The «St-Aubin Innovation Space» has been the property of the Canton of Fribourg since June 2017; it covers 120 hectares. The site was previously owned by the pharmaceutical company Elanco, which conducted its research in the domain of animal health at this place.
The Canton of Fribourg wishes to position itself as a key player in Agrifood as well as in innovation on an international scale, taking advantage of the unique opportunity the «St-Aubin Innovation Space» represents. Indeed, with an infrastructure including numerous laboratories, office space and premises suitable for experimentation and launching operations, all surrounded by vast agricultural fields, the «St-Aubin Innovation Space» offers a unique set-up in Switzerland and Europe and a real USP to develop tomorrow's solutions and collaborations!
In addition, a brand new experimental greenhouse will be built in early 2019 that will provide opportunities for innovative companies and start-ups to carry out various experiments. Over and above all this, the willingness and support of public authorities as well as the special ecosystem of the canton of Fribourg, which is characterized by a strong presence of Agrifood industries, universities, training and competence centres in the agricultural and food sector and everything comes together to make the site a world-renowned innovation park!
A true rough diamond, the site is dedicated to industrial and innovation activities in the fields of agriculture, food and biomass valorization. The future winners of the «Relocation» program of Agri & Co Challenge will be among the first to occupy the site and will be able to contribute both to its shaping and development. They will be a special kind of pioneers!
A few key figures
28 hectares of building land
6500 m² of offices and laboratories (2700 m² of laboratories and 3800 m² of offices)
Parking: 100 outdoor spaces
Located near the A1 motorway
100 hectares of agricultural land (available in the short term for various uses: up to 5 hectares)
4,000 m² experimental greenhouse available for: innovative structures / techniques / special crops