Crisp ideas from the north of Sweden

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is today the 6th largest taking around 35,000 students.

Umeå has some world-class research and infrastructure for researchers in Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU), Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy, (UCEM), Umeå center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI), PREDICT – biobank, Swedish Metabolomics Centre (SMC)

In Sweden, the researchers own the rights to their own ideas, something called ”the teachers’ exemption”. No TTO:s exist but the universities have Innovation Offices that guide researchers.

Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI) is part of the innovation ecosystem surrounding Umeå University and one of 6 life science incubators in Sweden. Ideas that pass the Innovation Office can apply to UBI for further business development of their ideas.

UBI is a publicly funded incubator providing lab space, offices, soft funding, and business coaches to each admitted case/startup.

Life Science Ecosystem in Umeå

  • Umeå University with strong scientific record (Noble Prize CRISPR)
  • Umeå University Hospital for clinical research.
  • Innovation system with 2 incubators, Uminova and Umeå Biotech Incubator.
  • Around 20 ongoing startups within Life Science.
  • 6 pharma development companies: Lipum, Lipigon, QureTech Bio, Metacurum, Omnio, Vakona
  • 3 diagnostic companies: Nordic Biomarker, UmanDiagnostics/Quanterix and Hiloprobe
  • 2 medtech companies: Medicvent and Likvor
  • 2 international companies within laboratory equipment: Cytiva, Sartorius
  • 2 pharma production facilities: APL and Diamyd
  • 1 CRO: Inficure Bio
  • 1 antibody producer: Agrisera (Olink)

Collaborative atmosphere

The success key behind the growth in Life science Umeå is collaboration. Here are some examples of bridges between companies, industry, and academia.

  • The CEO network. Connects the CEOs of the Life science companies in Umeå to joint meetings.
  • The QA network. Meets four times a year. Gather over 20 QA:s from the industry to discuss common challenges and issues.
  • “Umeå Life Science”. Consists of seven Life science companies in Umeå. It was formed to discuss competence supply, mentorship over company boundaries, and joint education.
  • The Industry Council. Intended to promote collaboration and meeting points between the university in Umeå and the Life science industry.
  • CU4LS (The Coalition Umeå for Life Science) An initiative at the University to promote collaboration within the life science research community.
  • Umeå Biotech Incubator. Arrange numerous events for Life Science Umeå, such as a Life science pub, breakfast seminars, a Life science job fair, a fair for service companies, and much more.


  • 1-hour flight from Stockholm to Umeå, operated by three airlines.
  • 6 hours by train from Stockholm to Umeå.
  • 4 hours by boat to Vaasa, Finland.
  • In Umeå, everything is close. A round tour along the Life Science Umeå beltway takes 36 minutes by car and 75 minutes by bike.

The city of Umeå

  • Umeå is the largest town in the north of Sweden with 130,000 inhabitants. The county of Västerbotten holds 276,500 inhabitants in an area slightly larger than the Netherlands…
  • Offers festivals and exciting events of all sizes in music, theatre, dance, sports, food, and much more.
  • Proximity to nature.
  • Called “Björkarnas stad” – the city of birches.
  • Umeå municipality has Life science as one of three prioritized areas in the growth strategy for Umeå.
  • Interested in taking a leap to Umeå? Find out more on Gateway Umeå.