Rochester-Bern Professor Marc Gruber appointed EPFL’s Vice President for Innovation

Rochester-Bern Professor Marc Gruber appointed EPFL’s Vice President for Innovation

Thu Nov 17 13:36:28 CET 2016

The ETH Board has appointed Marc Gruber as EPFL’s Vice President for Innovation starting Jan 1st 2017.


Rochester-Bern Professor Marc Gruber has been appointed Vice President for Innovation. Professor Gruber completed a PhD in management from the University of St. Gallen. He has held the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization since joining EPFL in 2005. He previously served as Vice-Director of the Institute of Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the Munich School of Management, where he was also Managing Director of the school's Center for Entrepreneurship. His research interests include innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship. Professor Gruber was made a full professor within EPFL's College of Management of Technology in 2010. Since 2009, he has overseen the Master’s degree and the minor in technology management and entrepreneurship. In 2013, he became deputy editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the leading research journal in the management field, where he is in charge of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship section. In an independent study, Professor Gruber was ranked among the top five entrepreneurship researchers in the world between 2000 and 2015.


The new Vice Presidency for Innovation (VPI) will serve as the interface between EPFL and the industrial and business world. It will be in charge of setting up the Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL, which is closely linked to the expansion of EPFL's other campuses. Entrepreneurship and startups, through industry partnerships and EPFL’s Innovation Park, will also be at the core of its mission.


Professor Marc Gruber from the Rochester-Bern faculty is teaching our Executive MBA participants innovation and entrepreneurship in the course block 'Strategy and Leadership'. The Rochester-Bern-Team extends its warmest congratulations to his appointment.