Through projects and other initiatives, we strengthen Uppsala’s life science cluster. The working method is tailored for each case to achieve the best and most sustainable result.

Case: Competence provision for the life science sector

Background

Competence supply is critical to industry’s ability to grow. This is why Uppsala BIO is responding proactively through continuous business analysis to gather information about company expansion plans and initiate actions to meet the need for skilled employees.

Problem

The competence supply issue is very important for growth. Action must be taken continuously when the need arises within industry. In order to cope with both increased business expansion and personnel retirement during the coming years, the life science industry needs more trained staff.

Solution

During 2015-2016, competence and skills provision received increased focus, partly through participation of the European Social Fund (ESF) project SMART Industry.

Since 2016, together with the Technical College of Uppland and Region Uppsala, and in close cooperation with industry, Uppsala BIO is developing a model to identify the skills needed in manufacture and match production staff with the requirements of both the industrial and educational sectors.

Result

The project, implemented within the framework of a regional project supported by the ESF, is currently ongoing. A decision on the possible broader introduction of the model will be taken early in 2018.

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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Erik Forsberg. Ph.D., Associate Professor, CEO. “My goal is to drive system improvements that create better conditions for life science to develop in Uppsala.”

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