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Government assignment to follow the Swedish life science sector

Life science is an important business area for Sweden. In order to be able to identify trends and development needs, Vinnova has been commissioned to survey Swedish life science companies on an annual basis. Here you can follow our government assignment with annual analyzes of the life science sector.

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The life science sector contributes to the country's exports, supply of skills and innovation power. A viable life science sector is therefore an important component in Sweden's ability to attract investments, talent and international collaborations

In August 2021, the government commissioned the Agency for innovation system (Vinnova) to analyze the Swedish business population within the life science sector. The aim is to develop a method that creates continuous statistics on the business population that can be followed over time. The assignment is carried out in dialogue with representatives of business, industry organizations and regions. Recurring surveys give us a deeper understanding of the sector and are an important basis for the development of expedient efforts and policies that can contribute to the long-term strengthening of Sweden as a leading life science nation. Therefore, it is of great value that the development of the Swedish business population within life science can be described in detail, quantified and followed over time.

How do we work?

Vinnova works within the framework of the government mandate to develop a long-term and largely automated method to identify, describe and enable continuous statistical follow-up of the business population within the life science sector. In parallel with the production of updated statistics, work continues to develop the method and make the statistics even more relevant and useful.

How is the assignment reported?

Vinnova must report statistics annually to the Government Office. Every three years, starting in 2024, the report must have a broader approach with in-depth reporting on a particularly relevant area.


Emelie Falk

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 31 77

Jonas Tranell

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 73

Last updated 19 April 2023

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