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Biovitrum donates equipment worth over 30 million

[2010-08-18] Swedish Orphan Biovitrum is donating equipment and a unique collection of screening substances worth at least SEK 30 million to Karolinska Institutet. The material will be used at the newly founded national Laboratories for Chemical Biology at Karolinska Institutet (LCBKI) as part of the Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden (CBCS).

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum has previously focused its research efforts on new protein drugs based on recombinant biotechnology, but has since abandoned small molecule chemical research. Much of the equipment that the company once used for this research is therefore being donated to Karolinska Institutet for the chemical biology initiative announced by the Swedish Research Council in early June. Swedish Orphan Biovitrum is also donating its collection of over 70,000 high quality screening substances and accompanying data.

“We’re naturally delighted and grateful for this generous donation,” says KI president, Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. “This plus the funding we receive from the Swedish Research Council means that we can now build powerful national infrastructure in the field of chemical biology.”

The CBCS brings together existing activities at Umeå (LCBU - Laboratories for Chemical Biology Umeå) and Uppsala universities (UDOPP - Uppsala University Drug Optimisation and Pharmaceutical Profiling Platform) with the LCBKI. The contribution made by the Swedish Research Council to the entire CBCS is SEK 55 million. Karolinska Institutet has also announced a strategic professorship in the field to coincide with the initiative.