The Neo research facility is the latest addition to Campus Flemingsberg, with space for around 400 researchers from four Karolinska Institutet bodies. Sweden’s Princess Christina Magnusson cut the ceremonial ribbon during a gala opening ceremony.
“This day is a milestone in the development of Campus Flemingsberg. We have achieved a key objective on a journey that started about 10 years ago. Back then, our vision was to create an arena for interdisciplinary co-operation that could support translational research. Today, we have come further than we ever expected,” explains Jan Bolinder, professor, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
Among the unique characteristics of the new building is openness. All members of staff have access to all areas of the premises. There is a communal lunch room and shared meeting rooms. Offices face an atrium to increase contact between researchers in different constellations.
“Campus Flemingsberg has always been characterised by an openness to new collaboration – and this is a spirit that will continue to thrive thanks to Neo,” says Bolinder.
The inauguration included a mini-symposium during which elements of Karolinska Institutet’s research was presented for the approximately 150 especially invited guests. Prior to this, Kristina Rosenqvist, Head of Region East, Hemsö, and a number of others welcomed participants. She reminded guests about the planned college that will be located in Neo: Widerströmska College opens in the autumn term of 2019 at Campus Flemingsberg.
“This is a place where young people with a keen interest in Life Sciences will apply, and after their college studies perhaps they can continue as researchers here at Neo,” Rosenqvist says.
Steinar Stokke, CEO of Vitartes/TKV2, also drew attention to the facility’s potential for cross-border co-operation.
“Campus Flemingsberg is already an arena for integration and multi-disciplinary collaboration with many key actors, academics and promising companies. We see a cluster growing here that will support the growth of first-class research and development,” says Stokke.
Neo research facility
Workplace for 400 researchers from Karolinska Institutet
Status: Project start 2013, opening 24 May, 2018
Developer: TKV Fastighets AB/Hemsö+SveaNor
Interior designer: LINK arkitektur
Core facilities at Neo:
Bioinformatics and Expression Analysis
Cryo Electron Microscopy
Live Cell Imaging Facility
Flow Cytometry Facility
KI Stem Cell and Tissue Bank