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Advancing life sciences

To conduct ground-breaking research, collaborations across sectors, disciplines and borders are key. And at SciLifeLab, collaboration is at the heart of operations. As a national Swedish hub for molecular life sciences, SciLifeLab develops and maintains a unique research infrastructure, with frontline technologies and cutting-edge expertise available to researchers nationwide.

SciLifeLab also coordinates a national research community, recruits and trains young scientists, and facilitates collaborations with industry, healthcare, the public sector and international partners. The overall aim of SciLifeLab is to enable pioneering, interdisciplinary research that would otherwise not be possible, and to promote its translation to the benefit of society.

Founded in 2010 as a joint effort of four universities (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and Uppsala University), SciLifeLab today has activities at all major Swedish universities. About 200 research groups, 1,500 researchers and 40 national infrastructure facilities are affiliated with SciLifeLab.

SciLifeLab also hosts the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Sciences, a 12-year, USD 370 million initiative funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Aiming to change the way life science is carried out, the programme focuses on training the next generation of life scientists, enabling researchers to better analyse their data and integrate it with the global life science data streams, strengthening national collaborations, and promoting partnerships across sectors.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, SciLifeLab’s function as a national hub for life sciences has been leveraged in the efforts to fight the virus. With generous funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, SciLifeLab quickly became a coordinator for a number of initiatives, such as diagnostics and launching a national research programme, which focused on studying the virus at the molecular, cellular, patient, population and environmental levels. Taking on a holistic approach, the programme organised traditionally competing research as a team effort and connected researchers throughout the country.

To make it easier for researchers to share and find data, SciLifeLab also developed a national Covid-19 data portal in collaboration with the Swedish Research Council. Being the first national portal in Europe, it paved the way for increased collaborations with European infrastructures for research data, contributing to increased openness and transparency in research across the globe.

SciLifeLab brings stakeholders across all sectors, both nationally and internationally, together in endeavours to discover and treat diseases, improve human health, protect biodiversity and create sustainability. Global, science-led biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca works with SciLifeLab on several successful projects, such as the Open Innovation Initiative and the Nanoscale Precision Medicine. The long-standing collaboration between SciLifeLab and AstraZeneca generates key discoveries.

SciLifeLab facilitates cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaborations, to enable research otherwise not possible. Join our journey on www.scilifelab.se.

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