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2 A University on the Leading Edge of Medical Advances Professor Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson President

3 Karolinska Institutet A medical university Mission Dedicated to improving people’s health through research and higher education

4 Vision Karolinska Institutet shall be one of the world’s leading medical universities

5 A brief history  From a school of army surgeons to a medical university  War and cholera led to the royal decree to establish a ”college for the corps of field surgeons” in 1810

6 The home of the Nobel Prize In keeping with Alfred Nobel’s testament, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi receives the Nobel Prize from the hand of King Carl XVI Gustaf. © The Nobel Foundation 2008, photo: Hans Mehlin

7 Five of eight Swedish Nobel Prize Laureates in Physiology or Medicine are from Karolinska Institutet 1955 Hugo Theorell the oxidation enzymes 1967 Ragnar Granit the visual processes 1970 Ulf von Euler noradrenaline 1982 Sune Bergström & Bengt Samuelsson prostaglandins

8 The largest centre for medical education and research in Sweden

9 Research and education – from molecule to patient  22 departments  3,900 employees  1,500 researchers/teachers of which 328 are professors  2,000 doctoral students  5,600 undergraduate and master students (full-time)

10 Higher Education in Sweden  Free of charge for all students  Students have a right to financial support through loans and grants  Resources are assigned in proportion to the performance of the students and to the number of students admitted to each course

11 Higher Education at Karolinska Institutet  Undergraduate programmes (Bachelor’s/first-cycle education)  Advanced programmes (Master’s/second-cycle education)  Specialist nursing programmes  Single-subject courses  Contract education

12 Educational strengths at Karolinska Institutet  Early patient contact  Education in strong research environments  Clinical knowledge centres and clinical education wards  A broad selection of international exchange programmes

13 Postgraduate Education at Karolinska Institutet Allows  the more in-depth study of your chosen subject  the exchange of ideas with world- leading researchers  international exchanges Entails  your own project, conducted within an established research group  supervision by senior researchers  theoretical studies – a wide range of PhD-level courses Leads to  A Licentiate or PhD degree

14 Postgraduate Education – 2 degrees Approx 2 years Half-time control Approx 4 years Dissertation ceremony Doctorate degree (PhD) Licentiate degree Approx 2 years Examination board Licentiate seminar Licentiate thesis Doctoral thesis

15 Strong Research Potentials  Translational research  Epidemiological research  Cell therapies (e.g. stem cell research)

16 Strong Research Potentials Translational Research Basic research and clinical research come together

17 Strong Research Potentials Epidemiology  Biobanks  The Swedish database on twins  Medical informatics

18  Cell therapy and transplantation medicine  International leadership in developmental biology  Embryonic stem cell lines Strong Research Potentials Advanced stem cell research


20 20 Karolinska Institutet 2015 New Aula New Karolinska University Hospital Medical research, education and care

21 New Karolinska University Hospital Karolinska Institutet New Aula

22 Traditions and innovations  SR – sedimentation rate  Purification of insulin and heparin  Sulphasalazin  Antibodies from plasma cells  Seldinger catheter  Pacemaker  Gamma knife  Growth hormones Nanna Svartz, the first female professor at Karolinska Institutet 1937-1957, developed one of the first anti-inflammatory drugs for rheumatoid arthritis A few examples of our important research achievements

23 Professor’s privilege  University employees own the rights to their patentable inventions and research findings  Long ‐ lasting legal institution typical of German ‐ speaking and Scandinavian countries  The rights to inventions/research results can be transferred in agreements

24 The overall task of the Innovation system  Inspire idea development and prepare researchers for innovation  Identify ideas with potential and develop ideas into useful innovations  Commercialize innovations and bring them to market and users  Establish collaboration between academia and industry

25 The Innovation system – main paths Society Ideas Innovation system Partners / consultants Funding Academia–industry collaboration Startups, licencing opportunities Transfer to collaborating universities and clinics Direct clinical applications

26 Unit for Bioentrepreneurship  Research within innovation and entrepreneurship  Education including courses and a two year master programme  Competitive students and researchers – prepared for a broader career path

27 We’ve got the competence!  Innovation advisers  Corporate relations officers  IP/patent competence  Competitive analysis  Information officer _____________________________  Life science background  Corporate background

28 The next generation of science parks – SciLife Lab


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