Gothenburg at the top when 28 projects receive innovation support

2 June, 2017

Tracing resistant bacteria in realtime  and virtual tissue sampling through magnetron x-ray. These are two out of 28 Swedish innovation projects in life science, now supported by up to SEK 1 million each in the Swelife and Medtech4Health Innovation Programs’ first joint announcement

All projects will develop products and services for better health and have partners from at least two of either the academic, industry or health sector. The winners are in the metropolitan areas and universities, with the Gothenburg area being granted 11 of the 28 projects that share the call’s 23 million SEK.

Co-financing attracted more

“Projects from the Västra Götaland region were able to apply for additional co-financing from their region. Usually, the projects themselves contribute as much funding as they receive from the call, but through the offer from VGR, the demand is reduced. We are working to ensure that more regions offer opportunities for co-financing in the future, “says Åsa Wallin, Project Manager at Swelife.

144 projects in medicine, diagnostics, medical technology and e-health had applied for funding when the announcement “Project for better health” closed in January. It soon became clear that the starting field was of very high quality and in order to support as many as possible, Swelife decided to increase its share in the announcement to SEK 18 million.

Great interest in coaching

During May, 32 finalists have been interviewed, but also received business development coaching according to Swelife’s so-called Hands-on model, an initiative that complements the financial support. Sahlgrenska Science Park is the West Swedish coordinator of Swelife. Read more at

Photo: Emma Krantz