Understanding The Swiss Way

Day 19 /// Switzerland and Italy

October 16, 2020

Longest Life Span of a Citizen Along the Trip Route: Switzerland

Nigel was very curious to meet with Swiss citizens, curious about their high standard of living, top-notch healthcare systems, and life expectancy that is among the highest in Europe. Waking up early in hospitable weather, we headed on foot to a meeting with Oriol Saludes, CEO and co-founder of Kemiex AG, a supply chain and sourcing company. By combining buyer and supplier perspectives, Kemiex built a very impressive platform that has expanded considerably over the last few years.


Leaving Zurich toward Basel, we took a pretty drive past a number of pharma facilities, including Novartis and Roche sites. We stopped at an old church and met outside with Brian Peasley, an American working for Integrated Project Services, LLC (IPS), another trip sponsor. In addition to discussing what pharma facilities of the future may look like, we talked about some of the differences he has perceived between Switzerland and the United States, in terms of healthcare and other concerns.

Heading south toward Italy, we drove past the pristine lakes that are major tourist destinations for the Swiss, Italians, and other Europeans, before reaching our final destination for the day, Milan, Italy.

Oriol Saludes, Kemiex AG; Brian Peasley, Integrated Project Services, LLC (IPS)


Nigel Walker

Mr. Walker is the founder and managing director of That’s Nice LLC, a research-driven marketing agency with 20 years dedicated to life sciences. Nigel harnesses the strategic capabilities of Nice Insight, the research arm of That’s Nice, to help companies communicate science-based visions to grow their businesses. Mr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with honors from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, England.