Welcome to COMS 2018 – Commercialisation of Emerging Technologies

The 23rd edition of COMS was held in the picturesque Swiss city of Montreux, on the shore of beautiful Lake Geneva, from September 24-26, 2018.

The organisers would like to thank all speakers, supporters and delegates for contributing to a successful edition of COMS! Further information  for the next edition of COMS will be announced shortly.

Welcome Session at COMS 2018 at the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic in Montreux.


Update: September 20, 2018 – Arrival Information

We’re almost there!  All registered participants will receive an email today with information concerning your arrival at COMS 2018. In any case, we’ve updated the Venue page with some helpful information concerning train schedules as well as a parking recommendation.  


Update: September 12, 2018 – Student Special Registration Offer Announced

We are offering a special student rate in an effort to attract young, future entrepreneurs. The special fee is only CHF 300 for the full conference!

Students:  Don’t miss this opportunity to network with high-level, experienced entrepreneurs!  Register here.

Update: September 5, 2018 – For immediate release.

» COMS 2018 PRESS RELEASE >> Full text and PR here

» Technical Program updated  >>  See here.
» Registration is open for COMS 2018. Full details are here.
» Boot Camp for Start-ups — High Tech Entrepreneurial Workshop.  Full details here.


Conference Structure and Highlights

The conference will start with a welcome reception on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the evening.

Technical sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The programme combines keynotes as well as plenary and parallel oral sessions, featuring invited presentations by a number of internationally recognised experts.

The organization of a poster session is also a possibility.

Panel discussions with high-quality guests and moderators will be also included in the program.

In addition, there will be a technical exhibition where exhibitors can display commercial tools, materials and software of direct interest to the COMS community.

“Our participation in COMS has given us ideas that we’ve been able to apply to our innovation efforts within our college and in collaboration with business and industry. That includes providing insights into working with external partners on research and development, product advances, and technology transfer. Being part of COMS has also helped us build a network of well-informed industry colleagues and given us a platform for showcasing our innovation successes. We consider taking part in COMS to be a valuable investment of our time. ”  – Dr. Ralph M. Ford, Chancellor, Penn State Erie

Conference Scope – Technical Topics

Smart Factories are part of a new trend towards flexible and customer centric production. The ultimate goal is to make personalized products at the costs and with the reliability of high volume production.

COMS 2018 will cover the following main topics :


The format of the sessions will include invited high level international speakers and panel discussions with high quality moderators. International benchmarking, with best practices in Switzerland – Germany – USA – Japan.

This year the organizers at FSRM, ASME, and MANCEF would like to highlight several areas directly impacting the commercialization of a number of exponential emerging technologies with additional special emphasis on Industry 4.0. Detailed themes include:

• Customised Manufacturing – smart factories, industry specific examples

• New Manufacturing Processes – additive fabrication, new materials

• Sensor Systems – new sensor devices, connectivity, data analytics, environmental and infrastructure monitoring

• Digital Health & Mobile Health – genomics, personal diagnostics

• Future of Robotics / Cobots – process automation, human-machine interface, AR

• Smart Networks – smart cities, autonomous transportation, drone networks, new software

• The Emerging Technology Commercialization Marketplace – exponential companies, new funding approaches, roadmapping and forecasting

• Barriers to Commercialization – security, lessons learned, regulatory environment, sustaining growth

“Discussions at COMS and with the MANCEF community were instrumental in defining the business model for MiniFAB, providing encouragement to get started in our early days, and building our international networks. We owe much to these meetings.”  – Dr. Erol Harvey, Co-Founder and Director, MiniFAB

Conference Background

The COMS conference is the annual flagship event of MANCEF. It moves to different countries each year and is tuned to the commercialisation ecosystem of the host city/country. Switzerland, being a worldwide hub of micro and nanotechnology expertise, provides a perfect location for the  2018 edition. COMS focuses primarily on entrepreneurship and marketable solutions, not just science and technology.

It is a practical meeting to assist participants in bringing their products to market, finding new customers and meeting appropriate development partners. COMS conferences provide the latest information on technology transfer, manufacturing processes, facilities, infrastructure, investment, applications and markets, as well as covering regulatory issues, social implications, education and workforce development.

Combining beautiful landscapes, high technology and lifestyle, the canton of Vaud offers idyllic surroundings for COMS 2018. As a participant you will derive unique benefits from the conference.