From March 1st Västerbotten will become the first region in Sweden to offer its residents home testing kits that can detect antibodies for COVID-19.
Umeå-based biotech company QureTech Bio has appointed Helén Fält as its new acting CEO, replacing Fredrik Almqvist, one of the company’s original founders.
“We have recently secured significant new investment and so it feels like the perfect time for Helén to come in and develop our business even further,” says Fredrik Almqvist.
Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI) has been nominated to for the Västerbotten Grand Prix 2018 – an award celebrating the contributions of a stakeholder who “through their actions promotes Västerbotten nationally and internationally”. Among the other nominees are Umeå Institute of Design, Northwolt, Rise Interactive and Nolia.
An all new call for “Collaboration projects for better health” will open in December 2018. The strategic innovation programmes Swelife and MedTech4Health join forces to support development and implementation of highly innovative solusions that can contribute to better health, prevention, diagnostics, monitoring and treatments of disease. The budget for 2018 is 130 M SEK and projects can apply for up to 3 million SEK per project.
Hiloprobe AB has signed off on a partnership deal with a group of public and private stakeholders who have come together to back this high-potential startup. Hiloprobe is now complemented with much needed business expertise – as Mattias Pettersson from Northern Light Capital joins the board of directors, The company aims to launch their product for improved colorectal cancer diagnosis by 2020.
Umeå is nominated to become the European Capital of Innovation 2018. With a population of 120 000 people, the city just passes the minimum requirements to enter the competition – now the city brings up their viking heritage to boost their chances on winning the iCapital Award in November 2018.
Since the worldwide grassroot action MarchforScience in 2017 kicked off, UBI has suppoorted the global initaitive for a fact-based-worldview, a knowledge-based society and evidence-based policy. Therefore we are one of the 61 organisations behind this text – giving three concrete pieces of advice to Sweden’s next government.
Last week, a curious delegation from Vinnova visited us for a full day breif on our tailored incubation process. The systematic robust approach and the dedication of the UBI staff were the things which stood out according to the visitors.
Startup Challenge is a pitch-event during Nordic Life Science Days (NLSDays) at Stockholm Waterfront, where the best startup companies from the Nordic life science scene get the chance to show off their ideas for hundreds of investors. This year the event is being organised by Umeå Biotech Incubator and preparations are in full swing.