The board is Swelife’s decision-making body, responsible for taking decisions regarding strategy and implementation. This may include the focus and theme for new calls for applications, projects and investments, as well as the appointment of working groups and their leaders. Through its composition, the group represents academia, healthcare and industry, including industry organisations.

Board members 2024

  • Eva Sjökvist Saers, chair
  • Örjan Norberg, Region Västerbotten. 1 vice chair
  • Sofia Rydgren Stale, Sveriges Läkarförbund. 2 vice chair
  • Magnus Barkstedt, Barkstedt Life Science
  • Andy Browning, ALIS and Uppsala universitet
  • Mathias Ekman, Microsoft
  • Marie Gårdmark, RegSmart
  • Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten
  • Marika Hellqvist Greberg, Vetenskapsrådet
  • Emma Henriksson, Famna
  • Anders Holmén, AstraZeneca
  • Hans Hägglund, Karolinska universitetssjukhuset
  • Marianne Larsson, Region Skåne
  • Katrine Riklund, Umeå universitet
  • Marianne van Rooijen, Akademiska sjukhuset
  • Roshan Tofighi, Novartis
  • Ewa Wikström, Göteborgs universitet
  • Päivi Östling, SciLifeLab

Nominating committee

The board members are proposed by a nominating committee. This is done annually to create a composition that ensures a strategic and national focus on achieving the programme vision.

  • Jennie Ekbeck (chair), Umeå Biotech
  • Jenny Almkvist, Västra Götalandsregionen
  • Björn Arvidsson, STUNS life science
  • Ulrika Ringdahl, Invest in Skåne

Policy documents

You find all the policy documents here.

Programme office

Swelife’s programme office has operational responsibility for the programme. The organisation includes programme management and portfolio coordination, communications, and administration. The work is complemented by efforts and expertise in partner organizations. Swelife’s physical program office is located at Lund University, where the application to start the innovation program was originally written, but the employees are located in several locations.

  • Lund has a program manager, communication strategist, portfolio manager for collaboration and coordination, economists and administrative staff.
  • In Linköping, there is a portfolio manager for Competence and Capital.
  • Stockholm has a portfolio manager for Scalable Solutions and a project manager for Swelife International.

Innovation networks and incubators

Swelife’s network of local innovation stakeholders offers support and business development to all researchers, entrepreneurs and innovation projects interested in our financial support. They operate from incubators and innovation offices with a local focus and a well-established national network.