The BioClinicum research centre

With BioClinicum, a large part of Karolinska University Hospital's research environments are being collected together in Solna. The research centre represents an important stage in promoting research that is close to the patient, and in accelerating the transition from research to treatment methods. Below are a number of Q&As about BioClinicum.

When is the move into the BioClinicum research centre scheduled?

The research groups will be moving in during January 2018. On 25 September Skanska handed over the key to BioClinicum to Stockholm County Council and Karolinska University Hospital.

What happens next? 

Some medical-technical equipment and fittings are already in place, but now the major task of filling the rooms begins. The coming months of autumn 2017 will see the roll-out of the so-called activation phase, when the various activities will get ready to move in. About twenty relocation coordinators are currently working on relocation preparations within their respective activities. During the autumn they will also be moving in in order to provide a whole lot of training courses that relate to the centre.

Most of the centre will be commissioned at the start of 2018. The centre will be in full operation some time in 2019.

What is BioClinicum?

BioClinicum is a research centre that is located directly next to the hospital building in Solna, with the Akademiska stråket linking the buildings. The centre represents an important stage in promoting clinical research and in accelerating the transition from research to treatment methods. BioClinicum also forms a part both of the new life science cluster that is springing up around the hospital area and of the new Hagastaden district.

BioClinicum is part of the New Karolinska Solna Project.

What is in the centre?

The top five floors will be occupied by research laboratories for various medical fields, while another floor will accommodate education and tuition environments and a clinical training centre. One floor gathers together imaging (medical imaging, using advanced technology such as MR, PET and CT scanners to produce images of everything from cells to diseases of the brain). Here, a centre with large shared spaces is being created in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet for world-leading activities.

The research centre is characterised by spaces for both formal and informal meetings. Also in the centre are a number of meeting places designed to promote exchanges both between researchers from different fields and also with students.

What kinds of research will be carried out at BioClinicum?

The new centre will strengthen collaboration between care, research and training. BioClinicum has a research environment that is close to clinical practice. There will be an evident proximity between care in the new hospital building and research that is close to the patient. At the same time, research is now being concentrated in Karolinska University Hospital, with most of the research activity and the research groups being gathered together in BioClinicum and in nearby buildings.

What is meant by research close to the patient?

Clinical research that is close to the patient is based on the patient's needs, on healthcare questions concerning complications of existing conditions, treatment and pain, or on questions relating to improving treatment results in order to develop new diagnostic methods or treatments.

What form will cooperation between BioClinicum and Karolinska Institutet take?

The Biomedicum research laboratory, which it is thought will be completed in 2018, is being built in the grounds of Karolinska Institutet. Together, Biomedicum and BioClinicum will form one of Europe's most modern research environments for experimental research. Karolinska Institutet will be responsible for basic preclinical and experimental research, while Karolinska University Hospital will be responsible for research close to the patient. This proximity between the different research traditions will create the best opportunities for achieving research results. The research environments will also be physically connected by a footbridge over Solnavägen between Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital. BioClinicum, together with Biomedicum, will create important conditions for closer integration of care, research and training.

When is the research centre scheduled to be fully operational?

Most of the centre will be commissioned at the start of 2018. The centre will be in full operation some time in 2019.

Fact: Bioclinicum

  • Gathers together approximately 100 research groups and over 1,000 individuals from Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet.
  • Has 10 floors and a surface area of 40,000 square metres.
  • Facilities here include 195 laboratories, a clinical training centre and a centre for world-leading imaging activity.