CSEM ist an independant, private, non-profit Swiss company for applied research, including technology, strategy and innovation consulting, focused on generating value for a sustainable world.
From the beginning, CSEM has been committed to both applied and order-related research and development. This bridge function between economics and science is still a core aspect of the company, and CSEM has continuously adapted its research areas to the needs of industry. Despite its initial proximity to the watchmaking industry, CSEM has expanded its fields of activity and now offers a wide range of technologies for various markets.
In 2006, the Swiss government through the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) decided to acquire an equity participation in CSEM. Consequently, EPFL has become CSEM's largest shareholder, owning 20% of its shares.
The Swiss government welcomed the transition of the scientific governance of CSEM from the OFFT (Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology) to a scientific advisory board chaired by EPFL. EPFL has two members on the Board of Directors of CSEM. The close link to EPFL in particular and to the domain of Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in general is CSEM's guarantee of a long-term commitment of the Swiss Government to CSEM.