Handing over the key to BioClinicum


Karolinska University Hospital and Stockholm County Council have now been given the key to the BioClinicum research centre.

1,200 people will be working at the centre and something like 100 research groups will be operating under the same roof in 40,000 square metres of floor space. Karolinska University Hospital has responsibility for healthcare, research and training, and the new building will provide opportunities for strengthened cooperation between these three areas. The focus now is on commissioning the new building, which is due to open in January 2018.

A state-of-the-art research and training cluster is being created between Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, where researchers and doctoral candidates will have a central nexus. This means that research will be more physically concentrated than before.

"With BioClinicum, we are integrating and developing healthcare, research and training, so creating entirely new opportunities for getting research results out into healthcare practice quicker. This in turn ultimately benefits the patients", says Melvin Samsom, director of Karolinska University Hospital.

The various research teams will be working in adjoining spaces, and there are footbridges over to Karolinska Institutet's research building, Biomedicum, where basic research will be carried out.

"This proximity between research and patients is of decisive importance for new treatment, diagnosis and prevention. With BioClinicum we are getting a world-class infrastructure facility that improves opportunities for translational research", says Ole Petter Ottersen, the rector of Karolinska Institutet.

BioClinicum will be linked to the new hospital building by a footbridge, and to Karolinska Institutet's new Biomedicum research centre via a culvert and a footbridge. The building is an important part of the research cluster that is now taking shape in Stockholm.

"This will be the first time that the county council will have gathered together clinical researchers under one roof, which is both a strength and a factor for success. It will benefit both research and healthcare, but most of all it will benefit patients", says Peter Carpelan (M), who is the research and personnel county commissioner at Stockholm County Council.
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