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Life sciences in Sweden

Northern Europe’s most dynamic life sciences location is a hotbed of brainpower and talent that’s home to innovative companies and research organizations ranging from multinationals to small start-ups with big ideas and high ambitions.

We welcome enterprises that want to tap the potential of working with internationally acclaimed science partners, of investing in startups, or of partnering with research institutions in pharma, biotech, medtech and digital health.

In Sweden, companies typically think internationally from day one. Sweden is globally well known for international collaboration, licencing and financing and is home to several hundred entrepreneurially driven companies in various development stages. The main fields are drug development, biotech tools, diagnostics and medtech, including digital health.

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Find your perfect partner

Sweden is a world leader in biomaterials and orthopaedic implants, regenerative medicine medical imaging and visualization. Research in oncology, neuroscience, inflammation and metabolic diseases is world-class. Genomics, proteomics, and diagnostics are further strengths.

A national collaborative model brings together academia, industry and the healthcare sector. Support includes the Swedishlifesciences.com database, an online resource offering fast and free assistance in finding the right life science partner – from startups to major corporates.

Favourable conditions

Swedish scientists who make a discovery own the rights to their invention if they’re employed at a university or public institute. This encourages innovators to commercialize their discoveries, creating significant opportunities for international partners and investors.

Sweden has a national network of patient registries that can provide real world data from ongoing patient care. Uniquely, these registries are open to life science researchers and businesses both in Sweden and internationally, paving the way for ground-breaking collaborative ventures between industry and the research community.

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Finally, Sweden not only hosts a skilled labour force with high qualifications. With an open mindset and appetite for new ideas, Swedes are also highly willing to join clinical trials. This makes Sweden a great place to test new drugs and medical devices.

More information about the life sciences sector in Sweden.

Source: Innovation scoreboard, Global Competitiveness Index, OECD, Worldbank, WIPO

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