Our story

Molecular life science research is evolving rapidly. As an increasingly crossdisciplinary and collaborative endeavour, it requires combining expertise in fundamental biology with computer science, engineering, chemistry, and physics. Moreover, life science depends on advanced, often costly instruments and complex methods that are frequently beyond the capacity of an individual laboratory, or even a university.

SciLifeLab was launched in 2010 with a mission to meet these research demands through a joint initiative by four universities—KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University. Today, SciLifeLab supports research activities at all major Swedish universities.


A few milestones

– SciLifeLab established by founding Director Mathias Uhlén and Co-Director Kerstin Lindblad-Toh

– SciLifeLab awarded status as an official national infrastructure for molecular biosciences
– Premises in Stockholm completed: 14000 sqm housing 1000 persons from three universities
– Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists inaugurated
– Initiation of the SciLifeLab Fellows Program

– Clinical sequencing established in Swedish health care system

– Olli Kallioniemi recruited as the new Director of SciLifeLab
– First facility outside Stockholm/Uppsala

– Facilities offering electron cryomicroscopy and mass cytometry added to infrastructure

– More than 20 SciLifeLab Fellows recruited
– Genomic Medicine Sweden network launched by the Diagnostics Development Platform
– International evaluation of infrastructure; integration of Uppsala and Stockholm operations
– Research proposition by the Swedish government: SciLifeLab is one of three major national infrastructures in science, along with MAX IV and ESS
– SciLifeLab users from industry and health care grow to 15%
– More than 165 groups associated with the center

– Launch of the first seven Research Community Programs (RCPs) and 16 Technology Development Projects (TDPs)
– Almost 50% of users from outside host universities