klb innovation

Agriculture, environment and nutrition – all are locally and globally in pressing demand of inclusive sustainable problem solutions. klb innovation strengthens the innovative capacity of companies and research institutions for the transformation of food systems.

Sustainable innovation – science-based decisions – impact-oriented research

klb innovation


klb innovation supports private and public actors to innovate for making ideas impactful

  • Strategy development

    • Develop a tailor-made research and innovation strategy
  • Research & development

    • Planning and implementing field trials for innovative problem solutions
    • Fostering interdisciplinary research
  • Innovation coaching

    • Harnessing digitalization and other innovative technologies
    • Innovation thanks to out of the box design thinking
  • Institution building

    • Creating and strengthening Spin-offs, start-ups or public-private partnerships

klb innovation


klb innovation analyses an issue in an unbiased and science-based way for allowing for fact-based decisions

  • Desk Research

    • Statistically summarize scientific studies with a thematic focus (meta-analysis)
    • Compiling scientific studies and science-based conceptualising
  • Value chains

    • Examine national and global agrifood-value chains
    • Recommend and monitor the introduction of process innovations
  • Peer- and programme-reviews

    • Organise peer reviews of research bodies
    • Review research programmes

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Research Management

Purposeful management and controlling of research and development

  • Project management

    • Implement an agile and simple project management
  • Research standard and scientific integrity

    • Define and introduce purposeful standards
  • Biodiversity

    • Pragmatically implement the Nagoya-Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Open access / open data

    • Develop a policy for research actors with public research money
  • Research career development

    • Promote research careers, offer career perspectives, making a more attractive research workplace

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About klb innovation

klb innovation is a company (Ltd) founded in 2017 in Wädenswil, Switzerland, lead by Lukas Bertschinger, a plant scientist. He is experienced in doing research for agrifood value chains as well as in research management, in creating public-private partnerships and spin-offs and in the governance of national and international research institutions.


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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Output Record

Short Curriculum Vitae

Education and training

  • 2018 / 19

    New concepts for management boards, Swiss Board School, IC Corporate Governance, HSG

  • 2017

    Certificate of advanced Science, Swiss School of Public Governance, ETH Zürich

  • 2013

    Cert. Innovation Manager SIB

  • 1992

    Dr. sc. nat. ETH

  • 1985

    Dipl. Ing. Agr. ETH Zürich, teaching certificate

Professional activity

  • Fm Nov. 2021

    International Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organzation of the United Nations

  • Fm Aug. 2021

    Delegate for Innovation and Fundraising, Viticulture Center Wädenswil

  • Fm Nov. 2019

    Co-Founder & Board Chair, Müller-Thurgau Stiftung

  • Fm Dec. 2017

    Advisory Group Member & Co-Founder, Viticulture Centre Wädenswil

  • Fm Oct. 2017

    Founder & Managing Director klb innovation

  • Fm 2017

    Chair scientific advisory groupe, Research Centre Laimburg, Auer, It

  • 2017 – 2019

    Chair of the Governing Council, icipe, Nairobi

  • 2017 – 2019

    Delegate for national and international research cooperation, Agroscope

  • 2014 – 2016

    Deputy head of institute and research director, Agroscope Institute for Plant Production Sciences (IPS)

  • 2008 – 2016

    Governing Council Member, icipe, Nairobi

  • 2007 – 2013

    Deputy director and research director, Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil (ACW)

  • 2004 – 2006

    Head of Department of «food safety, health and nutrition“ and „extension fruit- and vegetable production» at ACW

  • 1995 – 2003

    Head of «Department Crops & Experiment Stations», «Section Fruit-Growing» and scientist at the Federal Research Station Wädenswil (FAW)

  • Fm 1995

    Lecturer ETH Zürich, Bachelor course Horticulture, Master course Horticultural Science

  • 1992 – 1994

    Virologist, Centro International de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Texcoco, Mexico

  • 1990 – 1991

    Scientific assistant, Institute of Plant Sciences, ETH Zürich

  • 1986 – 1989

    Associate expert Centro International de la Papa (CIP), Lima, Peru

Selected clients and partners

Swiss Hail Insurance

Project perspective 2020

Viticulture Center Wädenswil

Action plan project management
SmartHarvest – digital yield forecasting


Expertise fruit and vegetable based food systems


International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

Swiss Society for Phytiatry (SSP)

Swiss Society of Agronomy (SSA)

Swiss society of university graduates from the agro-food sector

Nutrition Forum Zürich

Selected Publications

Innovation – Strategy

  • 2020

    Future direction and opportunities for horticultural research

  • 2019

    Research cooperation strategy development

  • 2015

    Research contributions to ecological intensification

  • 2004

    Horticulture: A sustainability declaration for the 21st century

Innovation – Research & development

  • 2019

    SmartHarvest – digital yield forecasting in viticulture

  • 2017

    A new view of potato virus epidemiology

  • 2014

    Integrated pest management policy, research and management

  • 2012

    The «House of Quality» research method for increasing fruit consumption – a learning case in interdisciplinary research

  • 2009

    Sustainability of horticulture in Europe

  • 2004

    Comparison of organic and integrated apple-growing

  • 1998

    Ecological regulation of apple flower and fruit thinning

  • 1997

    Status wheat and barley viruses in Anatolia

  • 1995

    Modelling potato virus epidemiology

Innovation – Institution buidling

  • 2019

    Müller-Thurgau Foundation

  • 2017

    Viticulture Centre Wädenswil

  • 2004

    Market introduction of new fruit varieties

  • 2004

    Impact-oriented extension fruit & vegetable production

  • 1997

    Stone Fruit Centre Breitenhof

Expertisen – Value chains

  • 2008

    Innovative concepts in supply chain management

  • 2007

    Quality management in the carrot value chain

Research management

  • 2019

    Open access Wissensaustausch

  • 2014

    Synthesis report research programme ProfiCrops

  • 2008

    Work Programme 2008 – 2011 ACW