Biotech and chemistry
Valais boasts unique technological centres which promote the exchange and development of innovations in the fields of cosmetics, health care, crop protection, chemistry and biotechnology. The canton also benefits from the large number of companies in the fine chemistry and biotechnology sectors which have made a base here. Valais features a concentration of research institutes, colleges and companies in these industries, which contribute to the canton's reputation as well as promoting innovations in these areas. The greater part of Switzerland's production of herbs and medicinal plants (70 percent) comes from Valais.