Cookie policy

Swiss Biotech Association website

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Cookies used on the Swiss Biotech Association website

Cookies are used to improve the experience for website visitors. This document provides general information about cookies and outlines how we use them and what you need to do if you do not want to store them on your computer.

General information about cookies

Most websites use cookies to improve user experience. They are used for many purposes, such as remembering user preferences and improving user interaction with the website. One convenient feature that cookies provide is registering when users have logged in and allowing users revisit the sites without having to log in again. Some websites will also use cookies for targeting advertising or marketing messages based on information such as the user’s location or browsing habits.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file sent from the website’s server that the user’s browser stores on his or her computer or mobile device. Only the original server can retrieve or read the contents of the cookie. Each cookie is unique to the user’s web browser. It will contain anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the website’s name.

Types of cookies

There are several different types of cookies:

Session cookies – are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies – are saved on your computer for a longer, fixed period and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to remember a user when he/she revisits a website.

Third party cookies – are set by a different organization than the owner of the website. They might include cookies set for website visitor analytics or embedded content. Third-party cookies are also set by advertising networks to deliver targeted advertising. Such cookies may also have the capability to track users when browsing across different sites.

How our websites uses cookies

Cookies enable us to identify visitors that visit our website. We use cookies that are strictly necessary for using the site or providing basic features. We use cookies to improve the functionality of the website, such as storing user preferences. We also use cookies to help improve the performance of our website and to provide the visitors with a better user experience.

We do not store personally identifiable information in our cookies, nor do we sell any information collected by cookies or disclose the information to third parties, except when required by law (e.g. to government bodies and/or law enforcement agencies).

What to do if you do not want cookies

It is possible to block cookies and delete cookies that have already been set, but you might lose some functionality of the website. If you do not want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can do this through your browser settings or visit to find comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop and mobile browsers.

What happens if you refuse cookies?

The basic website will still work, but you will not be able to use any functionality that requires logging in.

Cookies and analytics services used on the Swiss Biotech Association website:

The following table lists the most frequently used cookies on our website. Additional cookies may be used from time to time. Third party cookies (ref “types of cookie”), over which we have no control, may also be used. An explanation of what the cookies are used for may be viewed via developer tools in most browsers.

Cookie Name Expires after
_gat one day
56bdba8c18b6677b9a59291703447d25 one day
_gid two days
wp_woocommerce_session_3e653be7ba1cf7c8276e5c33fabcdc1d      two days
catAccCookies three days
ame_how_to_box_open one week
_ga one week
mailchimp_landing_site one month
wp-settings-time-2 one month
wp-settings-2 one month
woocommerce_cart_hash session
woocommerce_items_in_cart session
wordpress_test_cookie session

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze and improve how users use the site. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

Contained within our website is tracking code from Lead Forensics. Lead Forensics will track activity on the website and provide us with information on the IP address of the requesting computer (this data is not anonymized), the date and duration of the user’s visit, and the web pages which the user visits. The Lead Forensics tool complies with the data protection act because it is only providing information that’s readily available in the public domain. The Lead Forensics tool uses IP tracking for identifying visitors and not cookies. It does not, and cannot, provide information who has visited the website but it provides information through which company the website has been accessed from. More information can be found at


Questions, comments and requests regarding this cookie policy are welcome. Please contact us.


Zurich, June 2019