Services and specialist skills

Via publicly-funded and private partners, the PhytoArk technology site aims to bring together all the specialist skills required by startups and established companies for the large-scale manufacture of finished products based on natural ingredients. It offers the following specialist skills:

  • Conceptualisation of the envisaged product: marketing positioning, market studies, regulatory matters, intellectual property, feasibility studies, etc.
  • Development of new ingredients: sourcing, trade, agronomic development, screening and objectivation, toxicology and approval, small-scale production, etc.
  • Formulation and prototyping of finished products: laboratory testing and production of a pilot batch, validation
  • Production, packaging, release of batches and logistics
  • Bringing to market: network, distribution, pricing, etc.


Within PhytoArk, startups and innovative companies can make use of the following services from The Ark:

  • Accelerator: assistance in the commercial development of new technologies
  • Incubator: professional help in starting business projects
  • Innovation: support in the development of business innovation

PhytoArk works in close collaboration with its partners, Mediplant and the Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil (ACW) research centre at Conthey. They domesticate, select and cultivate alpine plants that are of interest. Further information



Partners of PhytoArk

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The PhytoArk technology site has a 1500m2 building, constructed in 2013. The aim is to promote synergies between manufacturers and partners in the natural ingredients sector.

The building is organised around:

  • A startup space which provides offices and fully-equipped laboratories, plus shared spaces (conference room, formulation laboratory), for new companies.
  • A technology platform managed by Mediplant. It is equipped with pilot extraction technologies for the development and small-scale production of natural ingredients, and meets the ISO 22000:2005 and 22716:2007 standards.
  • A 600 m2 manufacturing space that includes production areas, offices, and a storage facility. It is suitable for logistics activities.
Fondation The Ark - Rue de l'Industrie 23 - 1950 Sion - Suisse