About KI Science Park

Karolinska Institutet Science Park is a collaborative and growth environment for knowledge-intensive companies, both start-ups and established, who wish to work in a creative, business and scientific context. Collaborations and networks – regionally, nationally and internationally are central elements in our business, all to create the best possible conditions for the development of innovative ideas and companies.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities and Sweden’s largest center for medical education and research. According to KI’s strategy 2030, KI will be a driving force in the development of Swedish Life Science and actively contribute to campus development in Solna and Flemingsberg. In order for research to be applied, a functioning infrastructure and a constructive collaboration between business, the public sector and academia are required. KI Science Park as part of Karolinska Institutet’s innovation system contributes to this with a focus on strengthening interaction between the area’s actors – so-called Triple Helix collaboration.  

Biomedicum, Karolinska Institutet’s new research building, completed in 2018, resulted in 45,000 square meters of laboratory and office space being vacated on Campus Solna. There is now a unique opportunity to gather the leading activities in Life Science in the field and develop the KI Science Park community to the next level. In close connection with academic research, education and healthcare, a complete concept is offered. In the area there are modern office and laboratory premises, co-working, meeting places and entire houses – all as needed and in close collaboration between KI Science Park, Akademiska Hus, KI Innovations and KI.

A similar development has now also begun in Flemingsberg together with KI, Karolinska University Hospital and Akademiska Hus.

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Owners and financiers

Karolinska Institutet Science Park AB is owned by Karolinska Institutet through Karolinska Institutet Holding AB. The holding company, together with KI and Akademiska Hus, is the main financier. KI Science Park is part of Karolinska Institutet’s innovation system together with the sister organization KI Innovation, whose operations consist of innovation offices and incubators.

Campus Solna – a central part of Hagastaden

Stockholm is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe and Hagastaden is one of the largest urban development projects in Sweden. Hagastaden is a new inner-city district that links Stockholm with Solna, soon with 6,000 homes and 50,000 jobs. Here, world-leading research, clinical development and innovative companies gather together with students, researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm Region, SciLifeLab, the Swedish Public Health Agency and the European Institute for Infectious Disease Control, ECDC, are some examples of actors in the area.

Karolinska Institutet, together with Karolinska University Hospital and the Life Science operations within and near the Hagastaden district and in Flemingsberg, together form a world-leading knowledge cluster within Life Science.

The Stockholm Life Tech project

To make structures for research and innovation available

Stockholm Life Tech is a three-year project, running between 2020-2023, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The purpose is to further develop and make available research and innovation infrastructures in the region. This includes opening up the advanced development and production environments in Flemingsberg and Hagastaden for small and medium-sized companies.

The goals of the project are:

  • To increase growth in small and medium-sized Life Science companies in the two strong Life Science environments Flemingsberg and Hagastaden.
  • To make laboratories, research and innovation infrastructures available to companies in and around the two strong Life Science environments.
  • To increase the Stockholm region’s attractiveness with special focus on Life Science.

During the project, the goal is to reach 200 companies with different forms of support, to develop and test generic and scalable methods and models for companies’ ability to use research and innovation infrastructures in Flemingsberg and Hagastaden, and to increase cooperation between different types of research and innovation infrastructures.

Project owners are Region Stockholm, other parties are Akademiska Hus, Flemingsberg Science, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska Institutet Science Park, Karolinska University Hospital and Stockholm Science City.

Primary contact person: Project leader Nina Lahti.

Contact project partner KI Science Park: Sara Gunnerås.

Collaboration partners

KI Science Park advocates collaboration as a prerequisite for development for our members and operations. We collaborate, for example, for the development of the regional innovation and Life Science ecosystem and in the role of ambassador for our members and the regional Life Science cluster. We are always interested in developing our network and value proposition for our members, so if you have ideas or suggestions, you are welcome to contact us. You can see some of our current collaboration partners listed here.

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Sustainability

The Global Goals are everyone’s joint responsibility to fight inequality, stop climate change and contribute to sustainable development until the year 2030. The sustainability aspect is something that permeates the projects and activities we prioritize to get involved in. Between 2020-2023, KI Science Park is a partner in the regional fund project Stockholm Life Tech, where we work with, among other things, the sub-goals gender equality, sustainable industry, Innovations and infrastructure and reduced inequality.

What is a Science Park?

Sweden’s national industry association for incubators and science parks – SISP – describes science parks as neutral platforms for collaboration. They offer stimulating and developing environments that offer knowledge-intensive growth companies in all phases, access to infrastructure, networks, business development and innovation support.

A science park can be described as a meeting place between people, ideas, knowledge and creativity and often constitutes a platform for major innovation and collaboration projects between the public sector, business and academia. The Science Park often collaborates with the academy to facilitate that knowledge and research results can be commercialized and reach the market or otherwise used to create competitive companies.

In Sweden, there are currently 31 science parks that are members of SISP. Membership involves participation in a national network of incubators and science parks. Activities for knowledge exchange, tools and inspiration to develop your own business and more.