Umeå’s booming life science industry

The life science industry in Umeå is booming. Employment has risen by more than 17 per cent per year and life science companies have attracted SEK 230 million in equity investment over the past two and a half years.
“Two years ago we set a goal that the life science industry in Umeå would generate more than SEK 1 billion and add more than 500 jobs by 2030. At today’s rate we will far exceed this goal”, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI).

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Xerum assigned by Swedish Public Health Agency to measure number of Swedes with antibodies against SARS-CoV-2

Umeå-based Xerum launched a home testing kit in March that detects antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19. Uptake of the kits was strong, and now the company has been given an important assignment by Sweden’s Folkhälsomyndigheten (the Swedish Public Health Agency).

“This is amazing news”, says Julia Wigren Byström, CEO of Xerum. “We will be responsible for the distribution and analysis of our self-sampling kits as part of a large study being conducted by the Swedish Public Health Agency to measure the number of people in the country who have developed antibodies”.

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Lipum raises SEK 85 million and become listed on Nasdaq First North

Umeå-based biopharmaceutical company Lipum has been working towards a stock exchange listing since 2018 – and now the moment has finally arrived.

On Thursday, April 22, shares in Lipum will be traded on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market for the very first time. The company will ring Nasdaq’s opening bell, which has been specially transported to Umeå, to mark the occasion.

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QureTech Bio expands workforce following major investment

Umeå-based pharmaceutical development company QureTech Bio is hiring more people as it intensifies its work to combat antibiotic resistance.
“We recently received a major investment which has created long-term security in the company. With more people in place, we can now really push on and look to the future”, says Helén Fält, who was recently appointed the new CEO of QureTech Bio.

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Affärscoach på UBI – ett flexibelt och peppande jobb

Helén Fält har jobbat som affärscoach på Umeå Biotech Incubator i åtta år. I den rollen är hon ett viktigt bollplank till tidiga startups inom life science.
– Det är ett väldigt varierande, roligt och flexibelt jobb. Det är kul att få hänga med bolagen på deras tidiga resa och att göra det tillsammans med hela teamet på UBI, säger Helén Fält.

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Umeå Biotech Incubator named Europe’s most innovative biotechnology incubator

Global Health and Pharma Magazine has named Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI) as Europe’s most innovative biotechnology incubator in recognition of the positive changes it is making to the biotech industry.
“We are delighted to have been given this award, and that word of our innovative way of working has spread from Umeå to the whole of Europe. It’s really cool”, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator.

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Umeå technology companies back young enterprise initiative to get more women into tech industry

Three high school girls from Umeå have started a UF (Young Enterprise) company that hopes to encourage more girls to study technology and qualify to work in the tech industry.
The three students have already attracted the attention of a number of large technology companies in Umeå who share their ambition.
“We are delighted that several major technology companies believe in us. It shows they are willing to make an effort to create a gender-equal technology industry”, says Aja Tomic, one of the three UF company founders.

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InfiCure Bio secures US patent and publishes new data in a top scientific journal

Inficure Bio, based in Umeå in northern Sweden, has recently been granted a patent in the United States for its unique preclinical model. At the same time a study describing the basics of the model has been accepted for publication in respected online journal Scientific Reports.

“We are delighted and anticipate that thanks to this attention we will strengthen our position in the market and expect even more customers to show interest in our model”, says Sofia Mayans, CEO of Inficure Bio.

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New AI solution being tested at Umeå vaccine facility

A new AI solution for sustainable production is to be tested at Diamyd Medical’s vaccine manufacturing facility in Umeå. It is hoped, once the solution has been refined, that it can be introduced in companies throughout Sweden.
“This represents a unique opportunity that we do not see that often in Sweden. We are happy to be working with recognised experts in both AI and sustainable production”, says Ulf Hannelius, CEO of Diamyd Medical.

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Life Science Experts Join Umeå Biotech Incubator Board

Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI) has strengthened its board with the appointment of respected business profiles Anette Nordvall, named Sweden’s most powerful tech investor by DI Digital, and Camilla Huse Bondesson, who has extensive experience of marketing, sales and business development in the life science industry.
“We have been focused on finding people who can contribute with business acumen and an investor perspective so that we continue building a world-class incubator”, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator.

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