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.
Since 2009 we work to develop Hagastaden as an area of research and entrepreneurship within life science, in collaboration with the City of Stockholm, the City of Solna, Region Stockholm, the universities of Stockholm and the real estate developers. The project is based on a mutual vision, endorsed by key stakeholders to create a world leading life science region. All buildings in the district are expected to be finalized at the year of 2030 with 13 000 people living and 50 000 working here.
The geographic closeness to The Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet and Science for Life Laboratory creates a unique opportunity for businesses to establish closely to prominent research environments. Today there are more than 120 companies within life science or health established in Hagastaden, which is expected to increase until the year of 2030 when the constructions are scheduled to be completed. Also caregivers choose to move to Hagastaden, for example S:t Eriks Eye Hospital which opened in Hagastaden during 2020. The high concentration of universities, actors within healthcare and companies creates a unique environment working as a growth engine for Swedish life science.
With our aim to develop Hagastaden we are actively attracting new businesses to the city district by outreach activities, information dissemination, workshops and dialogue meetings. Our activities have created an international interest in the development of Stockholm and Hagastaden. In turn, this has led to a number of establishments and expansion of existing activities in Hagastaden for global companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME:s) as well as universities and authorities. Stockholm Science city foundation and the activities we do is an important part in the growing life science cluster in Hagastaden where we coordinate, contribute with activities, network and knowledge.
Interview: Hagastaden, a vibrant city
"An old train station area just north of the Stockholm city center is being developed into a unique ecosystem for life science researchers and businesses." Read the full interview with Filippa Kull, by Malin Otmani in Nordic Life Science News >>
Film: Hagastaden in three minutes
Hagastaden is a growth engine and a region's life science hub. The vision is to strengthen the cluster and make Stockholm's global position within life science even stronger. This film gives both a background to what life science is and shows what Hagastaden offers within life science. Watch the film "Hagastaden strengthens the cluster >>
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Webinars about possibilites for life science-companies in Hagastaden
- In June 2022, we held a seminar where Filippa Kull, Business Development Manager at Stockholm Science City, gave an update on life science in Hagastaden. Niclas Roxhed, professor at KTH and MedTechLabs, talks about his experiences. Jesper Ericsson, CEO of the Swedish biotech company Symcel, and Jenny Riazzoli, Therapeutic Area Lead, Respiratory & Immunology at AstraZeneca, also participated in the panel discussion. See the webinar: Hagastaden – a great place for life science >>
- In April 2021 we had a webinar where Akademiska Hus, Atrium Ljungberg, Castellum and Vectura informed about the possbilities the offer in Hagastaden. Watch the webinar (in Swedish): Current and future possibilites for life science-companies in Hagastaden >>