The new report showcases precision medicine companies in Sweden to the global life science community with the aim to stimulate possible collaborations and investments.
“There are a few observations in this report that stick out as particularly interesting,” says Sara Gunnerås, Director of Research and Editor at SwedenBIO. “More than 2/3rds of the 76 companies we identified are spin-offs from academia and half of them are associated with incubators and science parks. No less than one third were founded during the last 4 years and all but 2 companies have less than 50 employees, which is in line with precision medicine being a young area of development. The 200 projects collectively run by the companies cover a broad range of technologies and niche areas.”
The reports includes a list of Swedish companies active in the field covering projects and products, development phase and partnering status. National resources and platforms are also covered, including Science for Life Laboratory, Human Protein Atlas and National biobanks and quality registers.
“The Swedish government is strongly committed to supporting continued rapid development in the life science sector, as accentuated by the establishment of an Office of Life Science in the Government Offices in February 2018. Swedish precision medicine is a real area of growth, home to a vibrant start-up scene and data and technology-driven. Therefore, infrastructure and enabling technologies are national priorities for resource allocation,” says Mikael Damberg, Swedens’ Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.
Development across Sweden
The companies are clustered in five major regions, with the capital region Stockholm-Uppsala home to almost 50%. More than one fourth of the companies are located in the southern Malmö-Lund region, followed by 14% in the Gothenburg region and 7% in the Umeå region. Linköping region also hosts 5% of the companies, mainly within imaging technologies.
The report can be downloaded here: www.swedenbio.se/reports
Photo of Sara Gunnerås: Mikael Wallerstedt