5 strong reasons to choose Uppsala

Check out these five arguments on why you should set up your life science business here:

#1. Close to people, competence and infrastructure

With its long history in life science, Uppsala has a large pool of people with experience from academia as well as business. Its companies are complete, with R&D, manufacturing and commercial operations all ensuring international networks and tuned business skills. Networks are tight. Competence and infrastructure are close and accessible.

#2. Close to manufacturing skills and resources

Eight of Uppsala’s ten largest life science companies have on-site production. Manufacturing know-how is rapidly gaining in importance as more new biological drugs come to market. Significantly, Uppsala hosts the new national centre for BioProcess Innovation, strongly supported by the Swedish government and GE Healthcare – because we have the skills and the experience required to operate such a key facility.

#3. Close to a stream of new companies and steady growth

Our life science companies are successful. Mid-sized enterprises grew on average more than 10% between 2014 and 2015. This, together with a very successful innovation support system and a top-ranked business incubator constantly creating new ventures, makes us attractive to students, researchers and investors. Between 2015 and 2016, foreign investment in life sciences in the Stockholm-Uppsala region increased by more than 58%.

#4. Close access to the number one life science cluster

The life science community in Uppsala-Stockholm is very tight, with collaborations spanning institutes, companies and universities. The region is one large job market and the number one life science cluster in Sweden.

#5. Close to home – and to the world!

Uppsala is a warm and friendly city, the fourth largest in Sweden. All you need is within easy reach. The average commute in Uppsala is 20 minutes! Biking lanes are numerous and trains to Stockholm very frequent. Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden’s international airport, is just 18 minutes away.

Margaretha Gadnell. Director, Life Science Cluster Development. “I work with companies, investors, the municipality and national players like Business Sweden to foster growth and to promote investment in the region.”

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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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