Innovation for a better world
UU Innovation promotes increased utilization of research and knowledge from Uppsala University.
Our mission is to support and inspire researchers and students in the commercialisation of their ideas and results, and in their cooperation with companies and organizations. We therefore also represent a door into the university for businesses and organizations that want to develop through collaborative research or innovations produced here.
We also support the university leadership on strategic issues relating to the university's interaction with the community. This means, among other things, providing a resource in Uppsala University's partnerships with companies and organizations and EU partnerships that have a focus on innovation.
One of the world's top 100 universities
Many companies and organisations of different sizes and from different industries and sectors, have active research and development collaborations with researchers or research groups at Uppsala University. These can be anything from collaboration with individual researchers, to larger co-financed projects and partnerships. Uppsala University covers a large range of subjects and is also one of the world's 100 best universities. The likelihood is great that we can find a match between your operative needs and specialised skills at the university.
Want to be one of those who develop their business through a closer relationship with Uppsala University? You’re welcome to contact us at UU Innovation!
We are part of a strong innovation system
The ecosystem for innovation support surrounding Uppsala University is one of the best in Sweden and is competitive on an international arena. It’s a cohesive and effective innovation environment that can offer support from the time before an idea is born to fully-fledged activities whatever the desired outcomes.
UU Innovation, and most of the other key players in Uppsala’s innovation system, can be found at the same address in Uppsala Science Park. Contacts and decision processes are simple, transparency is tangible, and players can quickly get access to a broader base of resources than are available in their own organization. It creates favourable conditions for innovation development in the Uppsala region.
UU Innovation has built a robust support system for researchers and students associated with the University of Uppsala. Companies and organisations seeking collaboration with the university as part of their research and development, can also receive help from us. Our network is a strength that can be used to your benefit, whether you are inside or outside academia.
Innovation Office - a government commission
In 2008 Uppsala University was given the opportunity to develop an innovation office with the task of increasing the utilization of research. The development of the innovation office was to be carried out in close cooperation with other universities and colleges in the region.
Uppsala University leadership decided to incorporate the innovation office into UU Innovation's business, which since 2007 has supported researchers and students in utilization of their research through commercialization and collaboration with industry and society.
In developing the innovation office, UU Innovation was also given the responsibility for increasing cooperation with the universities in the region who were not able to establish their own innovation office. An agreement on collaboration thus exists with Dalarna University and the University of Gävle.
Along with these institutions, we strive to:
• Develop and strengthen innovation at each institution.
• Through knowledge and experience, enable an effective, sustainable and tailored innovation support to best promote the utilization of research and knowledge.
• Stimulate university-wide projects in both cooperation and commercialization
The partnership also means that the other universities, as needed, can take advantage of the capabilities and expertise built up in UU Innovation, including areas such as IP/patents, financing tools and collaboration methods.
A very close collaboration also exists with the innovation offices at KTH and Karolinska Institute and SLU, which was awarded its own innovation office in 2012. UU Innovation has also established cooperation with other players in the Uppsala region's innovation system.
Want to know more about our mission as an innovation office? Contact Pirkko Tamsen, director of UU Innovation.
Innovations in energy, materials and health
Uppsala University is involved in three of the five consortia within the EU collaboration European Institute of Technology (EIT), which will turn Europe into world innovation leaders. Uppsala University is involved in energy, KIC InnoEnergy, raw material, KIC EIT Raw Materials and healthy living and active ageing, KIC EIT Health. The consortium includes research institutions, industry and several leading universities in Europe.
UU Innovation is involved in EIT Raw Materials and EIT Health to help develop new innovations in materials and health.