The Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT'IS) is an independent, nonprofit research foundation dedicated to improving and strengthening the quality of people's lives by advancing personalized medicine through computational life sciences and beneficial applications of electromagnetic (EM) energy and wireless communications (EM Research). The Foundation was established in 1999 through the initiative and support of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the global wireless communications industry, and several governmental agencies.
IT’IS supports the R&D efforts of its Zurich43 (Z43) alliance partner organizations (see below), as well as its many academic and industrial partners, to pursue precompetitive and non-competitive research, and offers a variety of customized research solutions to the wireless and medical device industries, to academic and national institutions, and to governments and regulatory bodies.
IT'IS Foundation mission statement:
To further our research aims, drive development and fund our non-profit activities, the IT'IS Laboratory offers customized research services, focusing on new test procedures which extend the scope and methodology beyond what is addressed by current norms or technical specifications. These procedures are published in scientific journals and are developed, validated, and disseminated to relevant standards organizations. Our partner base includes prominent members of leading industries and many of the most important government and regulatory agencies (see Partners).
The Laboratory operates independently and impartially, and in accordance with the requirements of ISO 17025. All contracts are handled with strict confidentiality.
Due to the international character of Z43, English is the official language.
The IT’IS Foundation implementation plan provides a framework for action to accomplish the mission and strategic plan:
Zurich43 (Z43) is a strategic alliance formed of the four partner organizations IT’IS, SPEAG, ZMT Zurich MedTech AG and TI Solutions AG. Our common aspiration lies in pioneering new ideas, delivering break-through innovations, and creating outstanding solutions for the safe and beneficial application of EM energy and information technologies, as well as for optimized and more targeted medical treatments.
Driven by sound science and an unyielding passion for excellence, Z43 is a leading global player, collaborating with a wide range of international research partners and serving over 500 customers worldwide. The more than 100-strong multidisciplinary R&D team of scientists, engineers and sales/support continuously develops customized solutions and, over the years, has established an impeccable reputation for quality by creating value in its services and products through active and long-term responsible ownership.
IT'IS and all its Z43 alliance partners are headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.