klb innovation

Digitalisation, impaired environment, healthy food – society and the environment demand sustainable problem solutions. klb innovation strengthens the innovative capacity of businesses and research institutions in the agrifood and life science sector.

Sustainable innovation – knowledge-based decision-making – 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

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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
  • Publication list

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. 2019

    Co-Founder & Board Chair, Müller-Thurgau Stiftung

  • Fm Oct. 2017

    Founder & Managing Director klb innovation

  • Fm Dec. 2017

    Advisory Group Member & Co-Founder, Viticulture Centre Wädenswil

  • 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


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