External collaborations


SciLifeLab is a national resource for molecular biosciences in Sweden. As such, collaboration is at the heart of our operations and we offer access to advanced technologies and services for all sectors, ranging from academic research groups, health care providers, industry, governmental authorities, teachers and students throughout Sweden. Based on the advanced technologies available at SciLifeLab, we aim to promote new forms of collaboration and knowledge exchange between sectors and borders.

Our host universities rank as some the top academic institutions in Europe and the close relationship between our research infrastructure and the research groups affiliated with SciLifeLab creates a dynamic and attractive environment for innovation within fields ranging from medical research to technology co-development and environmental studies.

 

External relations office

The SciLifeLab External Relations Office serves to build stronger ties with industrial, health care, and international research communities, acknowledging the importance of multisectorial collaboration when addressing complex questions of modern Life Science.

SciLifeLab comprises 40 infrastructure facilities and a research community of more than 1000 people. In 2013 SciLifeLab became a national infrastructure, assigned by the Government to serve the whole of Sweden as a resource for all academic researchers. The latest technologies combined with the scientific expertise available within SciLifeLab provide a unique environment for research in the fields of biomedicine and environment.

Today the vast majority of our users are from academia, but we see a growing interest and a huge potential from expanding our collaborations to fully utilize SciLifeLab as an infrastructure promoting not only excellent science, but also innovation and increased value, economic growth, and societal benefit.

We work to facilitate interactions between relevant partners. We are always happy to discuss how we can work together with your organization, please feel free to get in touch:

 

Lars Hammarström
External relations officer
lars.hammarstrom@scilifelab.se
+46 (0) 737 12 12 05

 

                       

Sandra Falck
External relations officer
sandra.falck@scilifelab.se
+46 (0) 737 12 12 05

 

 

Academic collaboration

In addition to providing services to academic users of SciLifeLab infrastructure, SciLifeLab actively supports and participates in national and international research networks. Our facility scientists and faculty have broad international networks within their respective fields complementing these collaborations.

Examples of SciLifeLab national collaborative initiatives within academia:

  • RCPs (Research Community Programs); SciLifeLab supported networks that connect top researchers nationally with each other and to the SciLifeLab infrastructure.
  • NMMP (National Molecular Medicine Fellows Program); Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation supported collaboration aiming to promote scientific interactions and technological networking among the more than 100 SciLifeLab and WCMM (Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine) group leaders that are being recruited to the centers.

Examples of international collaborations that SciLifeLab is part of:

  • ELIXIR (ELIXIR is an intergovernmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe. These resources include databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage and supercomputers.)
  • EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine)
  • BBMRI-ERIC (a European research infrastructure for biobanking)
  • AAAS/Science magazine (Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, awarded annually)
  • RIKEN (RIKEN is Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution and the collaboration includes joint annual RIKEN-SciLifeLab symposia alternating between the sites since 2014, research collaborations and visits etc.)
  • EPIC-XS (European Proteomics Initiative Consortium, a Horizon 2020 funded consortium where the Cell Profiling Facility of SciLifeLab is partner)
  • CCE (Cancer Core Europe, a cancer association of 7 leading cancer institutes joining forces to conduct cutting-edge research that’s translated to the clinic to deliver more personalized medicine. KI/ SciLifeLab actively engaged.)

 

Industry collaboration

A significant portion of projects within SciLifeLab are performed to support users from large companies, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). In addition, SciLifeLab and its affiliated faculty have an extensive track record of collaborating with industrial partners, both within specific research fields and technology development.

The External Relations Office at SciLifeLab works closely with the Innovation Offices of the host universities, as well as their corporate partnering responsible, to identify and set up joint initiatives to facilitate collaborations with industry (possibilities for seed funding, contractual issues etc.). We welcome both national and international companies to collaborate and are continuously developing our strategies for fostering partnership with the private sector.

Current corporate collaborators include:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Ferring
  • Fluidigm
  • Zeiss
  • Lyca
  • Illumina
  • Akoya

 

Working with SciLifeLab enables us to access novel technology and science. And it is the interaction with their scientists that we particularly value, because it often provides an innovative thought pathway to address our scientific queries. The cryo-EM collaboration is a benchmark in this regard.

Ratan Bhat, head of strategy and external innovation within Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism at AstraZeneca regarding collaboration with the Alexey Amunds Lab at SciLifeLab

 

Translational science

SciLifeLabactively engages in research collaborations with clinicians and university hospitals, participating in translational research and aiming to facilitate implementation of new technologies in routine health care.

The Diagnostics Development platform at SciLifeLab focuses on developing diagnostic methodology based on DNA-sequencing and biomarkers that can be effectively translated into applied healthcare.

GMS, Genomic Medicine Sweden, spun out of the Diagnostics Development platform, is an excellent example of a national effort to implement next-gen sequencing as a diagnostic tool in routine medical practice throughout Sweden. The Clinical Genomics Infrastructure of SciLifeLab and GMS collaborate closely on development of novel technologies.

We also collaborate with government agencies such as the Medical Product Agency (LMV), National Veterinary Institute (SVA), the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) and Public Health Agency of Sweden to leverage on the potential offered by SciLifeLab in varied fields.

 

Society and young scientists

SciLifeLab recognizes the importance of supporting development and training of the next generation of scientists in Sweden. We therefore engage in several activities designed to engage the public at large and teachers and students in particular. Activities include partnering with the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and other organizations engaging young people in science. SciLifeLab takes part in Researchers’ Night (ForskarFredag) inviting high school students to visit the labs and hear about ongoing research. More information about our activities towards school children and teachers is available at the page Science for schools.

SciLifeLab also encourages young researchers through the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists awarded annually.