Welcome to Sweden - the country of life science! As a destination, Sweden is a country rich with both Life Science history and opportunities. With its strong innovative power and innovation-driven economy, Sweden is highly suitable for knowledge-intensive industry sectors such as Life Science.
Being home to the inventor Alfred Nobel and his Nobel Prizes, as well as Carl von Linné and his innovative cataloguing of the world’s flora, invention is part of our heritage. Our Life Science in Sweden’s life science environment has fostered innovations that include the ventilator, L-dopa, the pacemaker, gel filtration chromatography, hemodialysis, Losec®, and Xylocain. This dynamic environment has attracted international projects like the European Spallation Source and the human proteome, mapped in Stockholm by the Human Proteome Project.
Many leading global Life Science companies are attracted to Sweden for our expertise and knowhow. The levels of research and high-quality projects among a few hundred small but highly innovative companies, has led many international companies establishing commercial partnerships with Swedish companies. Today, more than 30,000 people work in Swedish Life Science, at around 800 companies. A strong innovative drive has enabled many companies to spin off from academia, where entrepreneurship is seen as natural; encouraged by the Researcher Exemption. The close cooperation between industry, academia and health care is another key success factor.
The Life Science Industry in Sweden stands for around 20% of net exports. Sweden is ranked number four by Scientific American (Worldview 2010) and is the world’s leading country for innovation (Innovation Union Scoreboard report 2010). With a population of 9 million, ranked number 85 in most populated countries - itself a true success story of invention. With a population of 1.4 ‰ of the world’s population, Sweden accounts for 0.7% of the global pharmaceutical industry.
SwedenBIO supports the future of Life Science. Together with our more than 200 member companies, we will continue to focus on facilitating the development of a world class environment for the Life Science industry in Sweden. We help innovative companies succeed!
Welcome to the country where Life Science has a lot to offer. Välkommen!