Biomedicum - laboratory of the future

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Illustration Biomedicum, exterior. © C.F. Møller Architects

Karolinska Institutet is building an ultramodern, purpose-built facility for experimental medical research, Biomedicum. The new laboratory gives Karolinska Institutet more research space and new opportunities to make more effective use of shared infrastructure.

Limitless research

The aim of Biomedicum is to gather a large part of the experimental research conducted at Karolinska Institutet’s Campus Solna under one roof, in an advanced research environment that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

The experimental research at Karolinska Institutet is growing, and the need for more advanced laboratories and modern facilities at Campus Solna is great. Karolinska Institutet is therefore constructing a new building for experimental research across disciplinary boundaries and for collaboration with clinical research. This all aims to facilitate the transition from basic research to clinical studies, thereby promoting practical application. Which its 65,000 square meters Biomedicum will become one if Europe's largest laboratories.

Cutting-edge laboratory

Biomedicum will be equipped with shared infrastructure, which means that advanced technology platforms and expensive equipment can be utilised by more people, and that research groups can collaborate to achieve results. The laboratory will be one of the most modern in Europe, and is intended to attract researchers from all over the world.

Designed for interaction

C.F. Møller Architects have designed the building with the aim of creating a working environment with plenty of natural meeting places and opportunities for collaboration, and for exchanging ideas and experiences. The laboratory, which is being built between Aula Medica and the Widerström Building, will literally have a direct link to BioClinicum, the clinical research environment of Karolinska University Hospital, in the form of a skyway across Solnavägen. Biomedicum will have space for approximately 1,600 researchers and other personnel. In bringing the scientific activities of separate disciplines together under one roof, the new research laboratory will provide opportunities for crossover research. Also planned are a number of meeting nodes and a core of shared facilities allowing expensive equipment to be utilised more effectively. The design offers the possibility of creating flexible, accessible and functional working environments with a natural meeting point in the form of a large, central atrium.

Five departments

The departments that will be moving into Biomedicum are:

  • The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • The Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • The Department of Neuroscience.

World class research

Biomedicum will be located on the eastern edge of the Solna Campus, between Aula Medica and the Widerstrom Building, across from the new university hospital on the other side of Solnavägen.

The aim is to enhance conditions for world class research at one of the world's foremost medical universities. The Biomedicum project will also contribute to the development of Stockholm Life as one of the world's leading life science regions.

Illustration Biomedicum, interior. © C.F. Møller Architects

The construction period commenced in June 2013 with an estimated completion in 2018.

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Interaction benefits research: Christer Höög, head of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), one of the departments that will be moving in to Biomedicum.

Brief facts Biomedicum

Start of construction: 2013
Move-in date: During 2018
Activity: Experimental research in an advanced laboratory environment
Location: In the eastern part of the Solna Campus along Solnavägen, between the lecture hall complex and the Widerström Building
Number of workspaces: Approximately 1,600 places for researchers and other staff
Property company: Akademiska Hus
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Interior Architect: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Moving in: Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (FyFa), Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB)
Floor space: Approximately 65,000 sq. m.

Information for those who will be moving into Biomedicum

Biomedicum will provide opportunities for crossover research and have space for approximately 1,600 scientists and support staff.

Biomedicum - Relocation information, shared facilities, processes and routines