Ideas and business advice

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Need advice or information on how to develop your ideas or research findings? Whether you have a product idea, business idea or perhaps a project that you want to carry out, the KI Innovation Office can help you.

The Innovation Office is a service function and resource within the university administration and the office is open to anyone with ideas in the area of medicine and health. You do not need to be an employee of Karolinska Institutet. The office is there specifically to help you along your way! The simplest way to get help is to make an appointment with an advisor. For everyday questions, you can of course call or send an e-mail.

More information about the Innovation Office

The Innovation Office can help you with the following

Protecting your idea

  • Evaluating how to best protect your idea. Different ways of protecting an innovation.
  • Help with strategic decisions on patents and the next step.
  • Arranging consultants who can help with patent applications in order to investigate whether or not the idea is already patented.
  • Contacts with patent offices that write patent applications.
  • Inquiry into who the inventor is and who owns the rights.

Early business development

  • Help with identifying potential customers and target groups.
  • Making an initial market assessment.
  • Help with developing a business model.
  • Help finding potential collaborative partners and commercial actors.
  • Help finding and establishing business collaborations.

Advice for entrepreneurs

  • Different types of companies.
  • Investigating opportunities and limitations, the employer/university's rules and regulations.

Find financing opportunities and help with innovation funding applications

  • Guidance with different financing opportunities for early innovation development.
  • Different financing strategies.
  • Advice and viewpoints on applications for innovation funding.

Packaging and presentation of your idea

  • Help identifying the product or service.
  • Advice and opinions to help to produce presentation materials
  • Help constructing your sales argument.

Couching and sounding board

  • Access to a sounding board and additional expertise where required.
  • Together, we will develop several alternative plans of action.
  • Referral to other actors, organisations and companies that will help in the ongoing process.

Negotiation and agreement support

  • Help with assessing agreements from a business perspective.
  • Support in negotiation situations with companies.

Common questions

What does the teachers' exemption entail?

In Sweden, all employees of a university or other HEI have the rights to their own inventions and research findings. This is known as the “teachers' exemption”, though it does not only apply to teachers.

It normally covers patentable inventions only, but HEIs have often chosen to increase the scope of the rule to cover both scientific and pedagogical material (e.g., computer programs).

Unless otherwise agreed on, e.g., with an external party, this means that you will decide how your findings and ideas will be used.

Can something that has already been published be patented?

An invention which is public knowledge cannot be patented in Sweden. Wait with publishing your findings if you intend to apply for a patent. You should also be careful not to tell too many people about your idea.

When you apply for financing, your application may in certain cases become a public document. If you are unsure, speak with the financier before submitting your application.

Who is the inventor in a project?

Try to define who is/are the inventor(s) as soon as possible.

In a research team, several individuals may be the inventors, but it may also be that there are several people participating and none of them are considered an inventor. Naturally, everyone should be compensated for their contribution to the project, but it can often be incorrect to specify all of those involved as inventors in a patent application.

The inventor(s) is/are the individual(s) whose thought processes have contributed to shaping the idea or invention.