2017-04-03 14:07Press release

Open Lab Skåne – laboratories open for businesses

The Open Lab Skåne project has been granted SEK 6 million from the European Regional Development Fund. Open Lab Skåne is a unique opportunity for small enterprises and will promote development projects by opening up laboratories and providing equipment and expertise in the fields of life science, materials science, foods and chemistry.

Open Lab Skåne is a three-year collaborative project involving Biofilms – Research Center for Biointerfaces at Malmö University, the Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition at Lund University and SmiLe Incubator in Lund. The project will begin on April 1, 2017 and has a total budget of SEK 13.1 million, half of which will come from the collaboration partners and Region Skåne. Together the parties will create a unique arena for innovative enterprises that need to supplement their internal resources.

The participating companies will have access to the laboratories, equipment and skills of the collaboration partners. The purpose is to promote development of new products and services.

“One of the goals of the Open Lab Skåne project is to increase knowledge sharing and reduce distances between industry and academia,” says Therése Nordström, project manager for Open Lab Skåne.

“We can offer high-class development resources and can see that the project will provide important partnerships for our members,” says Per Brunmark, who is responsible for laboratories and equipment at SmiLe Incubator in Lund.

The project is also supported by the City of Malmö, Lund Municipality, Medeon Science Park & Incubator, Medicon Village and the Center for Food Development in Karlshamn.


For more information, please contact:

Therése Nordström, Administrator at Biofilms – Research Center for Biointerfaces, Mobile: +46 (0)703-625208, e-mail: therese.nordstom@mah.se

Marie Wahlgren, Deputy Head of the Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, Mobile: +46 (0)46 - 222 83 06, e-mail Marie.Wahlgren@food.lth.se

Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO, SmiLe Incubator, Mobile +46 (0)73-4000433, e-mail: ebba@smileincubator.life 


Facts about Biofilms – Research Center for Biointerfaces: Biofilms is a research center at Malmö University with a focus on material and life sciences. Our researchers share a common interest in biological interfaces – research on the mucosa, skin, vascular wall, mouth, etc. We have expertise in chemistry, dentistry, oral biofilm, mathematical modeling, cell biology and pharmacology. Our research center has extensive experience working with companies and can relate to their needs.

Facts about the Department of Food Technology: The Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition belongs to the Faculty of Engineering (LTH). We are responsible for research and education for the design and production of food and pharmaceuticals for development, sustainability and well-being. The Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition consists of the previous entities Food Techniques, Technology, and Food Engineering.





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About SmiLe

SmiLe is a life science business incubator based in Medicon Village in Lund. SmiLe helps entrepreneurs and startup companies to develop and commercialize their ideas. Today there are about 20 companies at SmiLe which, together with our alumni companies, have attracted more than SEK 1 billion in venture capital over the past three years. The opportunity also includes infrastructure with well-equipped laboratories and advanced instrumentation.