Commercial support

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As support for commercialisation, Karolinska Institutet has established several companies which can support individual projects on a commercial basis. Here you will find a description of the companies which, via KI Holding AB, are linked to Karolinska Institutet.

Commercialisation and exploitation must go via companies, either through the forming of new companies or by licensing or selling to established companies. It is not within the scope or authority of Swedish universities to commercially exploit inventions and research findings.

KI's aim is to help lay a solid foundation for the utilisation of knowledge generated through research. In accordance with the “teachers' exemption”, researchers at Karolinska Institutet own the intellectual property rights to the findings of their own research. The rights create both the opportunity to benefit from potential commercial successes, but they also put responsibility on the individual researcher to ensure that the research findings come to the best possible exploitation. Via commercialisation, new goods and services are created which thereby improve the chances that research will eventually benefit the individual patient. 

Karolinska Institutet Holding AB

Karolinska Institutet Holding AB (KIHAB) is a company held by Karolinska Institutet (KI). KIHAB is the parent company of a group of five wholly owned subsidiaries. Some of the main tasks for KIHAB is to manage stocks in research-and development companies, establish joint ownership in promising enterprises, offer good infrastructure for newly started companies and to provide administrative, legal and financial services for around 45 companies.

Karolinska Institutet Innovations AB

Karolinska Institutet Innovations AB (KI Innovations) creates business from research in the field of life science. Via structured processes, support is offered to researchers in their work to commercialise their research findings. 

Karolinska Institutet Science Park

Within Karolinska Institutet Science Park, a number of companies are active in the field of life science. Furthermore, the research collaboration Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), which is housed in the same building, is a meeting point for four different universities.