We work with concept development, communication and relationship building to strengthen Stockholm’s competitiveness in the life sciences. Do you have ideas that you would like to realize with us? Please get in touch!
A city district and a growth engine for life science
Hagastaden in Stockholm is a unique area for life science research and entrepreneurship as a result of a high concentration of companies, healthcare professionals and universities in a central urban environment. In collaboration with property owners and other stakeholders we work to attract companies and other businesses to the area. Our joint work has resulted in several new establishments and expansion of existing businesses in the district.
Seminars and events
Inspiring and valuable meetings
We annually organize a large number of seminars and other events to raise current subjects and issues, disseminate information and highlight different actors and initiatives. This enables people from universities, businesses and the public sector to meet, get inspired, gain new knowledge, develop their networks and build valuable relationships.
The Future of Life Science
Symposium on how new technologies in life science affect research, healthcare, individuals and society
Stockholm Science City and Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson's Foundation are the initiators of the annual Engelsberg symposium "The Future of Life Science", which focuses on how new technologies affect research, healthcare, individuals, and society.
Stockholm Life Tech
Making research and innovation infrastructures available
Stockholm Life Tech is a three-year project that started in 2020 with funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The purpose of the project is to further develop research and innovation infrastructures as well as making them more available for companies.
Innovation competitions and hackathons
Novel and innovative solutions to societal challenges
Since 2013, we have arranged innovation competitions and hackathons with the aim to benefit society through innovative solutions to societal challenges, and to strengthen Stockholm’s competitiveness. This is achieved by promoting interaction and collaboration between participants from different industries and with different areas of expertice. The competitions contribute to the development and realization of new ideas. One concrete example is the company Meloq, which was formed after the founders participated in the Health Hack Academy 2014.
We aim to make collaborations happen and to increase the concentration of life science related operations in Stockholm.
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Health Data Sweden
HDS is the one stop shop for acceleration of digital transformation in health data for SME’s and the public sector using key technologies.
European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH:s) provide technical expertise and testing to enable digital transformation for the public sector and SMEs with funding from EU Digital. Health Data Sweden (HDS) is a Swedish EDIH with a focus on health data. HDS is a three-year project that started in 2023 with co-funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Vinnova and where KTH is the coordinator.
An ecosystem in life science
The Stockholm region's life science cluster includes Uppsala, Stockholm, Södertälje, and Strängnäs
This life science cluster brings together global SMEs, investors, and innovative startups. Since 2018, the government has appointed a coordination function for life science, followed by a national life science strategy that was launched in 2019 with the aim of further strengthening Sweden as a leading life science nation.
H2 Health Hub
A meeting place for the health tech community
We developed the concept and initiated the activities of the H2 Health Hub, a co-working space and a meeting place for companies and others with interest in health tech. Shortly after the opening the H2 Health Hub evolved into a natural meeting point for the health tech community in Stockholm and strongly contributes to strengthening both the competitiveness of the companies and the region. Since 2017, H2 operates independently from Stockholm Science City.
Science for Life Laboratory
A world-class interdisciplinary environment
We identified a need to merge the competence at the Stockholm universities Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University in order to strengthen the research infrastructure of the region. A concept of an interdisciplinary center within life science was developed jointly by us and our scientific advisory board and then submitted to the principals of the three universities. The center was opened in 2010 with the name Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). It quickly established at the international research arena and is home to more than 150 research groups (2017).
Implementation of digital tools
Facilitating assessment and implementation of digital tools in healthcare
Stockholm Science City, UppsalaBIO, Norrbotten County Council and Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR) collaborated in the project Coordinated Implementation of Digital Products and Services. The purpose was to facilitate the implementation of digital tools in Swedish health care and to guide patients, healthcare providers and companies developing new digital tools.
A candidature focusing on the patient
During 2017 Sweden ran to be host for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). We participated in the activities by compiling information about science, entrepreneurship and the physical environment in Stockholm. We also participated in the development of the EMAtoSweden.eu website and in the distribution of information in social media and other channels.
Tools of Science
A platform for core facilities and industrial resources
2006 the platform “Tools of Science” was established aiming to make the core facilities within life science at the universities in the Stockholm-Uppsala region more visible. The core facilities offer advanced equipment, services as well as expertise to both other researchers as well as the industry. The platform expanded to include service offerings from both healthcare as well as commercial companies. In 2019 the Foundation decided to discontinue the platform and simultanously a report compiling core facilities within life science in the Stockholm was published.
Digital Health Days
A transdisciplinary international conference
In order to connect ICT and life science, two of Stockholm's strengths, we designed and implemented the international conference Digital Health Days together with Kista Science City Foundation. The conference helped to strengthen the interdisciplinary environment in Stockholm and positioned Stockholm as an active and forward-looking life science region.
A photo contest to increase diversity and inclusion in higher education
Stockholm Science City and Kista Science City initiated an annual photo contest on Instagram which was open during 2018 and 2019. The aim was to promote and raise awareness of the talent, curiosity and creativity in neighborhoods with great potential to contribute to Sweden's future. Our hope was that the initiative would contribute to increase interest in technology and science among youths from families with low educational background and thereby increase diversity in higher education. The contest was open for residents in the Järvafältet area in Stockholm i.e the city districts Akalla, Husby, Kista, Hjulsta, Tensta, and Rinkeby.
An open database with Swedish research projects
We initiated and were project managers for the development of Sweden Science Net, an open database with information about ongoing academic research projects that makes it possible to search and analyse data. Today, the database is renamed SweCris and has been run by the Swedish Research Council since 2012. SweCris meets the universities need to easily review ongoing research and enables statistical analyses.
An opportunity for development in a clinical environment
We coordinated an application for funding to develop a testbed for companies within radiotherapy on the initiative of Karolinska University Hospital. Today, the initiative has developed into an established resource called the National testbed for innovative radiotherapy, where healthcare and industry jointly contribute to the development of radiation therapy against cancer. The testbed is now run by Innovationsplatsen at Karolinska University Hospital as coordinator.
Improved mobility between campus areas of the universities in Stockholm
Focus group on well-connected campuses in Stockholm
Between 2018-2021 we coordinated a working group with representatives from Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Akademiska Hus and the real estate developers of Hagastaden. The fact that collaborations between several different disciplines are required to solve tomorrow's challenges is a global trend. The aim of the focus group was to produce a basis for the conditions and needs for the physical communication between the universities. This can facilitate the possibility of further collaboration and cooperations between the universities.