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Summary: SciLifeLab Roadmap 2020–2030

A technology- and data-driven approach to life science

As a national center for molecular life science research, SciLifeLab provides a collaborative platform for cross-disciplinary research across academia as well as medical, environmental, industrial and other societal sectors. In its capacity as a national infrastructure, SciLifeLab’s primary mission has been to offer access to cutting-edge life science technologies, in support of ground-breaking life science research throughout Sweden.

The future role of SciLifeLab is interlinked with the importance of life science in general as well as the need to adapt to the global changes that are currently underway. Life science is in the midst of a technological and digital revolution that will have a major impact on medical research, healthcare, drug discovery, diagnostics, biodiversity, environment and many other fields. As modern technologies often can be broadly applied across the entire spectrum of life science and therefore benefit several organizations and disciplines, a high accessibility of our national infrastructure becomes critically important. The amount of data produced from SciLifeLab has exponentially increased, providing unprecedented opportunity for a deep comprehensive understanding of life, a data-driven approach to basic research, and for addressing major societal challenges. Given the trends in both technology- and data-driven science, SciLifeLab plays an increasingly important role in Sweden’s ambition to be a globally leading life science nation.

During 2020-2030, SciLifeLab will continue to develop and make use of our infrastructure for the benefit of Swedish research, recruitment, training, translation, innovation and utilization of life science data. Our ambition is to increase quality and international competitiveness of Swedish research through continued efforts on technology-driven infrastructure, as well as a new focus on data-driven life science.


Mission and vision

The overall mission for SciLifeLab is to enable life science research in Sweden that is beyond what is possible for an individual researcher, an individual university or an individual research discipline.

By providing access to the latest key technologies, SciLifeLab’s infrastructure creates prerequisites for research and conceptually new forms of collaboration between individuals, groups and organizations.

Our vision is for Sweden to be a world-leading nation in life science.


Six strategic objectives

Going forward, in collaboration with universities, industry, healthcare and national funding agencies, SciLifeLab will leverage its strong technology base through six strategic objectives, which synergize with each other:


  1. Provide Unique and Impactful Life Science Infrastructure. Promote continuous development and early application of cutting-edge technologies and services to deconvolute fundamental biology, address human health and biodiversity, and thereby enable research that otherwise would not be possible in Sweden.
  • Evolving and continuously optimizing the role of national life-science infrastructure
  • Improving life cycle management of the infrastructure
  • Transitioning from facility-centric to platform-centric infrastructure
  • Promoting Good Infrastructure Practice
  • Increasing national awareness of SciLifeLab infrastructure
  • Promoting career development of infrastructure scientists


  1. Develop World Class Research Capabilities and Research Communities. SciLifeLab will bring together national communities to enable new technology- and data-driven life science research. We will engage in multidisciplinary research programs on data-driven cell biology, data-driven research on individualized health, as well as data-driven research on biodiversity and evolution.
  • Closer interaction of research and infrastructure, with distinct funding
  • Implementing the SciLifeLab Group Leader concept
  • Building strong national research environments linking infrastructure with excellent research communities
  • Launching new research programs on data-driven life science (DDLS)


  1. Create a National Framework for Data-Driven Life Science. Coordinate a national framework for life science data management, meeting the requirements of tomorrow’s open, real-time data sharing and data cycles.
  • Strengthening IT for SciLifeLab’s data production platforms
  • Providing services and infrastructure for data-driven life science
  • Developing processes for safe, secure and ethical way of handling sensitive data
  • Simplifying access to services through data-centric integration


  1. Attract Scientific Excellence and Provide Advanced Training. Provide an attractive environment for recruitment of top international competence, and focus on advanced educational and training initiatives for a new generation of young scientists in technology- and data-driven life science.
  • International recruitment of young PIs: Next phase of the SciLifeLab Fellows program
  • Building attractive research and training environments
  • Launching a program on advanced training and education in technology- and data-driven life science
  • Launching postdoc & PhD student programs
  • Spreading knowledge beyond academia


  1. Promote Collaborations Across Sectors and Borders. Promote collaboration and knowledge exchange between different sectors of society and individual organizations, many of whom would not otherwise interact, with the intent of increasing interdisciplinary research, mobility and international visibility.
  • Increase coordination with other national infrastructures and associated initiatives
  • Promoting access of SciLifeLab infrastructure to industry, healthcare and environmental research
  • Creating an ideal multi-university environment for collaborative technology development and testing
  • Promoting international collaboration
  • Expressing a unified voice for the life science community


  1. Build Translational and Innovation Capabilities. Develop translational capabilities in diagnostics and drug development in collaboration with biobanks, healthcare and industry, promoting medical breakthroughs and enabling innovation in healthcare.
  • Translating advanced diagnostics from research to healthcare and precision medicine
  • Translating academic drug discovery projects to industry
  • Moving towards a national innovation system in drug discovery


Läs denna sammanfattning på svenska: Sammanfattning: SciLifeLab:s Färdplan 2020–2030

Read the full Roadmap: SciLifeLab Roadmap 2020-2030