Spotlight Uppsala’s unique resource!
It’s here where life science companies develop and grow.
Uppsala’s life science industry is healthy and developing well. More than 100 life science companies can be found here and in 2016 they employed about 5000 people and had a combined turnover of approximately SEK 27 billion. Furthermore, it’s the medium-sized companies that have contributed the most jobs, as a new analysis shows. “Put the spotlight on Uppsala so that both competence and capital can find their way here and grow with us. We have a unique resource, even from an international perspective”, writes Margaretha Gadnell.
The number of employees in medium-sized companies has increased steadily over the period 2013–2016 by almost 10% per year. In the five largest companies, the total has increased by 1% over the same period. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Galderma and Recipharm have all made strong progress. However, the two largest, GE Healthcare and Fresenius, have reduced their tally somewhat.
Increased production capacity
Both Thermo Fisher Scientific and GE Healthcare have increased their production capacity in Uppsala during the period and now account for more than half of the sector’s total sales. Today, every fourth employee in Uppsala’s life science industry works at GE Healthcare.
Important development for Uppsala
Comparing the total number of employees in the medium-sized companies with the five largest gives a clear picture of the former’s strong growth. This is important for Uppsala since it provides new jobs and maintains and develops product development skills as well as international business experience – all crucial factors for a continued strong life science sector in the region.
Changes in employee numbers
Uppsala has a broad spectrum of companies with several found in each key category. Most are in the medtech sector (28). Then follow CRO (14), pharmaceuticals (12), biotech (11), diagnostics (10) and CMO (3).
Medium-sized companies contribute the most
An analysis of the change in the number of employees during 2015–2016 shows that the medium-sized companies contributed the most jobs, an increase of 131 during the period. In the smallest companies (less than 10 employees), no change is seen.
Half in Uppsala Business Park
Almost half of Uppsala’s life science employees work at Uppsala Business Park. About 25% are found at GE Healthcare and the remainder at Uppsala Science Park, Green Innovation Park or spread throughout the rest of the city.
Most jobs found at Uppsala Business Park
Potential to expand
Uppsala’s life science industry is healthy and developing well. A vigorous mix of small innovative ventures and medium-sized companies that have reached the market is well complemented by international businesses with production in Uppsala. The medium-sized companies constitute an important group: they have created a market for their products and have the potential to expand. If we can secure the lab and production areas they need, as well as the skills they require, we can look forward to continued strong industrial growth.
The success of these companies, together with a strong competence in academia, access to national testbeds, the Swedish Medical Products Agency, Uppsala University Hospital, etc., gives us every reason to market Uppsala Life Science more aggressively. We can attract major events like NLSDays, arrange focused investment meetings, and work with national and international marketing in other ways. It’s time to point the spotlight at Uppsala so that both competence and capital can find their way here and grow with us. We have a unique resource, even from an international perspective!
NOTE: Figures are for 2016 unless otherwise stated.
NOTE 2: Medium-sized companies are defined as companies with more 10 employees but excluding the five largest.
Source: The Swedish Companies Registration Office/allabolag.se
Director, Life Science Cluster Development
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