2020-01-29 15:47Press release

Creative hub opens in the heart of Stockholm’s life science cluster

Photo: Vectura Fastigheter & 3XNPhoto: Vectura Fastigheter & 3XN

The latest addition to the world renowned life science cluster in Stockholm is the creative hub Forskaren (The Researcher) – an innovation center bridging research, academia and business. The hub will enable knowledge exchange and stimulate curiosity among visitors of all ages, with the purpose of challenging the status quo and stimulating new ideas connected to health and life sciences.

Situated right in the heart of Hagastaden in one of Stockholm's largest and most important urban development projects, Forskaren becomes a place where collaboration and creativity can thrive. Neighboring the building are Karolinska Instituet, Karolinska University Hospital, the world-leading center for large scale research SciLifeLab, global life science giants like Bayer, MSD and Waters, and H2 Hub – the space for Stockholm’s health tech startups. Within walking distance are also the Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology, the main site for the multinational research project The Human Protein Atlas.

“We are very happy for the addition of Forskaren to our important life science cluster in Stockholm. This new creative hub strengthens our competitiveness when it comes to attracting international talents at the same time as it enables us to foster the future generation of life science stars,” says Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm.

Behind the building of Forskaren is Vectura Fastigheter, a real estate company that creates value for people, businesses and society by developing experiences and places. They have chosen to collaborate with 3XN Architects, whose proposal best met the high demands on flexibility, creativity and innovation.

The first player to move into the hub is The National Museum of Science and Technology, which will host exhibition activities on the entrance floor. These activities are expected to attract residents, professionals and students in the area, but also visitors from outside, contributing to making Hagastaden a destination and a vibrant neighborhood.

”Our cooperation with The National Museum of Technology is of crucial importance in fulfilling our promise and meeting Hagastaden’s vision to be the world’s leading area for life science,” says Micael Averborg, Business Development Manager at Vectura Fastigheter.

Forskaren will open to the public in 2023-24.

About Forskaren
Forskaren offers a wide variety of ways to work and play, with 24.000 square feet of flexible offices, communal spaces and the latest in smart and functional food. Forskaren is a safe and creative space for bright minds and big thinkers, as well as an inspiring life science playground open to the public.

How to access the Stockholm Region Life Science Cluster
With its concentration of resources and long history as an exceptional hub for excellent scientific collaborations, the Stockholm-Uppsala region has produced some of the world’s most innovative life science companies. The Life Science cluster enables vital research and attracts investments, international companies, talents and students from all over the world.

Invest Stockholm helps investors focused on disruptive commercial innovation in life science find opportunities in Stockholm. For updated investment cases, see our carefully curated Life Science Hotlist and for more information about world-leading research and business opportunities in the Stockholm-Uppsala region, read our Life Science AI/ML Guide, Health Tech Report, Infectuous Diseases Report and Oncology Summary Report.

About Invest Stockholm

Invest Stockholm is the official investment promotion agency of Stockholm. We work with the marketing and development of the Stockholm region as a business destination under the brand Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia. Invest Stockholm is a subsidiary of Stockholm Business Region, owned by the city of Stockholm.