Stockholm-Uppsala Life Science (SULS) – presenting the bigger picture
Leading role for Uppsala BIO in promoting the greater metropolitan area via international channels.
STUNS / Uppsala BIO, in collaboration with Stockholm City and Biotech Valley (Strängnäs), took the initiative to create the common organisation SULS for life science within the metropolitan area in 2007. A CEO was recruited and, following on from the broader ambitions of its initial years, then focused primarily on promoting the region in international channels. Uppsala BIO provided financial support as well as a part-time marketing resource. SULS AB and the economic association ceased operations in the autumn of 2013. During 2014–2015, Uppsala BIO continued operations in a project form supported by Stockholm Business Region and Sörmland County Council. In December 2015, all business operations were concluded.
Financing: Uppsala BIO*, Stockholm Business Region Development, Karolinska Institutet, Biotech Valley Alliance, Sörmland County Council, Stockholm County Council
Project duration: 2007–2013 (SULS AB and its economic association). 2014-2015 (Project SULS)
Contact: Erik Forsberg, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Initiative-taker, deputy board member, project participant
* 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.
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.”