Stockholm is often referred to as the capital of Scandinavia. The city’s strategically favoured position, right at the centre of Scandinavia, is not the only reason for this grand title. Stockholm stands for the largest life science cluster in Sweden, with more than half of the country’s biotechnology enterprises – some 500 companies – operating in the region.
Stockholm has a very important role in maintaining the national impact on European and even global research and development within life science. “Our ambition is to build a world class Life Science cluster and to create a solid foundation for our regional life science companies and academia, initially by attracting industrial and financial investments and competences”, explains Ylva Hultman Erlandsson, Business Development Manager – Life Science, Stockholm Business Region Development.
“In attracting entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as the established global companies in biotechnology and medicine, we are up against world class clusters like for example Cambridge and Paris. We are collaborating with other Swedish clusters in order to strengthen the case for Life Sciences in Sweden”.
University hospital – one of the first PPPs in Sweden
After almost a decade of planning, the first steps are now taken in the construction of the new Karolinska Solna University Hospital. It will be one of the world’s most modern university hospitals providing first class health care and setting standards for not only national health care – but for health care providers all over the world.
The new hospital is also one of the first Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Sweden, a Swedish – British consortium including the Swedish construction company Skanska and British investment fund Innisfree. The first patient is expected to be admitted in December 2015. “The new hospital is another step in our ambition to strengthen the national cluster combining good health care with prime research and education”, states Ylva Hultman Erlandsson.
Stockholm as a leading growth region
Stockholm Business Region is owned by the City of Stockholm, and is part of the Stockholms Stadshus AB Corporation. The aim of the company is to make Stockholm the leading growth region in northern Europe primarily by assisting development in seven fields; ICT, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Automation, Cleantech, Hospitality, Infrastructure and Logistics.