Foundation Board

Individuals with unique leadership experience - from business, politics, academia and civil society - give considerable impetus to reach the goal of the foundation. Their commitment on a strategic level guarantees the respect of EssentialMed's mission and values.



Dr. Guy Morin

President of the Foundation Board

Guy Morin

Guy Morin has accepted the presidence of the Foundation board in September 2010.

Professional career
Medical graduate from the Basel University, Dr. Morin got further training as a general practitioner in a number of hospitals within the Canton of Basel-Stadt
After being for 10 years a general practitioner in St. Johann, Basel, he has been between 1996 and 2004 the president of the HMO Family Doctor Association.

Political activities
Dr. Morin is President of the Executive Council (State Council) of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and Mayor of Basel for the 2009 - 2013 legislative period.
From 2005 to 2008 he has been at the Head of the Department of Justice.
Prior to that he had been elected to the Executive Council (2004) after being member of the Great Council.
He has also been the President of the Health Commission of the Great Council (1997-2001) and is a Member of "Doctors for Environmental Protection" since 1988.
From 1985 to 1990 Dr. Morin had been the secretary of the Swiss Section of “Doctors for Social Responsibility”.


Prof. Marcel Tanner

Marcel Tanner

Prof. Tanner has been Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (former Swiss Tropical Institute) in Basel since 1997 and Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel since 1993. He has been Professor at the EPFL since 2007.

Marcel Tanner was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1952 and he did BSc and MSc studies in Biology, Chemistry and Medical Microbiology/Immunology and Zoology at the University of Basel, and holds a PhD in Medical Parasitology from the same university. He pursued post-doctoral research in Cameroon and Liberia, and followed this with postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical Institute, he undertook research on health development projects as well as in the field of control of communicable diseases. He has presided over the Commission of the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique in the Ivory Coast since 1998. He has more than 400 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 19 book chapters and he is co-editor of two books and has published more than 200 short communications and abstracts.


Dr. Gérard Escher

Gérard Escher

Dr. Escher obtained a Diploma in Biology at the University of Geneva in 1982 and a PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne in 1987.
He started his carrer as a Postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University.
He has then worked as Maitre-assistant and group leader at IBCM, University of Lausanne.
From 1999 to 2005 he has been the Scientific advisor to secretary of state Charles Kleiber.
He was Assistant director at the State Secretariat for Education and Research before becoming Advisor to President of EPFL Patrick Aebischer in 2008.


Prof. René Salathé

René Salathé

René Salathé received the MS, PhD, and Habilitation (Privatdozent) degrees at the University of Bern in 1970, 1974, and 1979, respectively. In 1977/78, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, and from 1978-83, he did research on diode lasers and laser processing at the Institute of Applied Physics in Bern. He then directed the division "Material Testing and Technology" at the research and development center of the Swiss PTT.

In 1989, Mr. Salathé was appointed Professor of Applied Optics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Here, he served as head of a Center for Laser Applications, the Institute of Applied Optics, and the Microengineering Department. In 1998/99 he has been at the Center for Biological and Medical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin.
From 2007-08 he directed the newly formed Institute of Microengineering within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Techniques at EPFL. His research activities at EPFL included: Integrated optics and fabrication technologies for miniaturized optical systems, Nd-YAG and diode laser applications, fiber sensor applications, and biomedical optics, in particular medical laser applications and optical coherence tomography.
In 2009 he retired from his position at EPFL and started a R&D consulting company.

Mr. Salathé is a member of the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy, the Optical Society of America, a senior member of IEEE, and a life time member of the Swiss Physical Society. He also participates on advisory boards for the Swiss Innovation Agency (KTI/CTI) and the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Me. Alex Dépraz

Alex Dépraz

Alex Dépraz is a lawyer who is partner at the law firm Novier Dépraz in Lausanne since 2010. His main fields include public law, health law and working law. He regularly advices public corporations as well as foundations and other clients.

He also teaches Introduction to Law at the University of Lausanne as a research fellow since 2012 and is lecturer for computerized legal research at the University of Geneva since 2013.
He obtained his law degree (1996) and his Ph.D. in law (2002) from the University of Lausanne.
He passed his bar exam in Canton de Vaud in 2002 after a tenure of 2 years in a law firm.
He then worked between 2002 and 2010 as a senior legal adviser for the State Government of Vaud.

Me Dépraz is a member and president since 2013 of the Commission for Patients Rights in the Canton de Vaud. He is a member of the Bar Association of Vaud (OAV) and of the Swiss Bar Association (FSA).