All the projects we support are selected and monitored from a medical viewpoint by our Science Steering Committee, which is made up of doctors, professors and experts in oncology and haematology.

By focusing on a single area – leukaemia and blood diseases – we avoid spreading our resources too thinly.

The allocation of funds is verified by the Board of Directors of the Foundation and by the governing bodies of its institutional partners, the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), Lausanne University Hospital, and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva.

The Foundation is entirely staffed by volunteers. Our running and support costs are usually less than 5%.

As a donor, you can be sure that:

  • Your donation is used solely to meet the Foundation’s charitable aims
  • Its use is strictly monitored and verified
  • Running costs are kept to a minimum

For the last 40 years, the Foundation has distributed an average of 1 million Swiss francs to various projects every year.

That money is used to fund to research grants and medical projects, and to support scientific exchanges.

As a private charitable organisation, the DFDL Foundation is one of Geneva’s most generous funders of medical research.

The projects we support :

  • Are innovative and change-making
  • Build bridges between different medical specialties
  • Encourage public-private partnerships

Without initial funding from private partners like the DFDL Foundation many promising research projects would never get off the ground. A perfect example of this is the Clinical Research Unit created in 2010 at the Geneva University Hospitals thanks to our support.