“In just the space of a few years, our innovations system has generated scores of new small companies,” says University Director Rune Fransson. “Eventually, we expect to be able to create hundreds of new jobs. The construction of Karolinska Institutet Science Park is the next stage in the development of our innovations system.”

The new research park will be built next door to the university campus in Solna. If all goes according to plan, the three oval-shaped buildings, which have been commissioned by Akademiska Hus and which will offer new biotech companies premises boasting ultra-modern infrastructure, will be ready for use in the autumn of 2009. Novum Research Park in Flemingsberg has also joined the innovations system.

“Our units in north and south Stockholm will cooperate closely and benefit from each other,” says Mr Fransson. “We also work alongside other universities in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region, where several start-ups in the Life Sciences are growing with our support.”

Date and time of press conference: Tuesday 20 February 2007, 10.00 am.

Venue: The “Cyber” room, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 5 (Administration building), Stockholm, Sweden

Present: Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson (KI President), Rune Fransson (University Director), Conny Bogentoft (CEO Karolinska Development), and Lennart Karlsson (Akademiska Hus regional manager)

Directly after the press conference, Akademiska Hus will be holding a ceremony to mark the start of the construction work. Journalists are welcome to attend this event as well.

For further information, please contact:

Rune Fransson
Tel: +46 (0)8-524 865 65 or +46 (0)70-553 02 30 (mobile)

Press Officer Katarina Sternudd
Tel: +46 (0)8-524 838 95 or +46 (0)70-224 38 95 (mobile)