The new VINNOVA Centre, CellNova

The long-term objective for the new VINNOVA Centre, CellNova, is to become one of the leading centres in the world for development and production of biological drugs. This will be achieved by leveraging competences and resources built up by the principal investigators as part of other complementary efforts. The Centre focuses on four broad research program areas, each with clearly described work packages defined together with the participating industries. In the long term, the center will act as a foundation of protein and cell science research with many opportunities to build strong groups based on the young principal investigators of the center.

Four different programs are performed. The first two involve the development of novel cells for production of proteins. By combining genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics with bioinformatics and systems biology CHO and yeast-cells are further optimized for protein production. The third program will focus on the generation of the world's largest protein resource. This resource is used for drug development. Finally, in the fourth program, protein engineered variants of biological drugs based on a combination of antibodies and protein scaffold binders will be designed and evaluated.


Björn Nilsson, Kuma Innovation AB, Chairperson
Dr. Anna Sandström, AstraZeneca AB
Dr. Lotta Ljungqvist, Head of GE Health Nordic
Prof. Göran Sandberg, CEO, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Prof. Gunnar von Heijne, Stockholm University
Dr. Marianne Hansson, CEO, Mariham Consulting AB
Lisa Ericsson, CEO, KTH Holding
Prof. Jan Andersson, Stockholms Läns Landsting
Prof. Marie Henriksson, Karolinska Institutet


Center director: Prof. Sophia Hober
Research director: Prof. Mathias Uhlén
Program directors: Prof. Per-Åke Nygren, Assoc. Prof. Johan Rockberg, Assist. Prof. Martin Engqvist, Dr. Hanna Tegel
Project leaders: Assoc. Prof John Löfblom, Assoc. Prof. Adil Mardinoglu

Scientific Advisory board

Prof. Nicole Borth, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
Dr. Fransesc Godia, Universitat Autonònma De Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Prof. John McCafferty, IONTAS
Assoc. Prof. Ana Cecília A. Roque, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Prof. Ola Söderberg, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Belongs to: CellNova
Last changed: May 02, 2019