National BIO-X program / Swelife Hands-on process

Uppsala BIO’s experience of the BIO-X program put to good use in helping implement Swelife’s ‘Hands-on’ version.

During 2012–2013, Uppsala BIO and Vinnova agreed to roll out BIO-X as a national program, which was duly carried out until 2017. Simultaneously, Uppsala BIO had (as mentioned elsewhere) taken part in the successful strategic innovation program Swelife. When Swelife itself was granted 10-year support in 2014, open calls for proposals became a central part of its activities. Due to Uppsala BIO’s experience with the regional and the national BIO-X program, its staff could quickly take on a leadership role in helping Swelife implement a ‘light’ version of BIO-X named ‘Hands-on’. Uppsala BIO has since worked with the program leadership team of Swelife and been responsible for calls for proposals until early 2018, when responsibility was transferred to others.


Financing: Uppsala BIO* / Vinnova (Case ID.: 2013-03108)
Project duration: 2013–2014
Contact: Malin Wiederholm, Erik Olaisson, Kristin Hellman, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Project Manager, National Project Manager, Regional Coordinator

* Uppsala BIO’s core funding comes from the regional financiers Region Uppsala, SLU, Uppsala University and Uppsala Municipality, as well as from VINNVÄXT, a Vinnova-funded initiative.

Malin Wiederholm. Product Manager. (parental leave) “I am passionate about developing targeted innovation strategies, where market pull rather than technology push determines which innovations are funded and highlighted.”

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Erik Olaisson. B.Sc., Business Development. “I want to see more new companies, growing companies, investing companies, fresh establishments and innovative thinking in Uppsala.”

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Kristin Hellman. M.Sc., Business Development. “I focus on facilitating interaction between large companies and small start-ups and academic projects in order to accelerate the development of promising new products and technologies.”

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