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Crossbreeding and Commercial Consolidation in the Uppsala Biotech Cluster

The Uppsala region has undergone a remarkable transformation in the biomedical area since the mid-1990s. The city, which lies about 70 kilometres north of the Swedish capital Stockholm, has seen a virtual explosion of research projects, business initiatives, entrepreneurial activity, new companies and industrial investment in the biotechnology and life science sectors.

Tradition, cutting edge research, access to human and financial capital, as well as a growing global market demanding solutions relying on biotech research and development, has created what has become known as the 'Uppsala Phenomenon'. "Today there are about 140 life science companies in Uppsala, of which more than 50 are biotech companies.


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By Per Odebrant, Freelance Science and Business Journalist
Per Odebrant is a Swedish freelance journalist specialising in science and business issues. He has a particular focus on applications of biotechnology, information technology and materials science. He also writes on matters concerning management, industrial organisation and intellectual capital. Per contributes to various national dailies, national and international magazines, and trade journals. He has also been a Consultant Project Manager to the Swedish Government's Information Technology Commission.
Per holds a degree in Philosophy/Linguistics from the University of Lund and has authored three novels. He was commissioned to write this article by STUNS, the Foundation for Collaboration between the Universities in Uppsala, the Business Community and Society.

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