Innovation Skåne

Innovation areas

Innovation Skåne leads or participates in several innovation projects together with our external partners. On this page, an overview of the projects are presented. If you want more information, please contact our project managers. We focus our work in five innovation areas:


Ending childhood obesity

Ending childhood obesity is a national initiative aiming to prevent overweight and obesity in preschool children aged 0-6 in Sweden. The project is led by SWElife. In addition to Innovation Skåne, another 24 partner organizations from all over the country are participating. Innovation Skåne is the project manager of one of the five work packages that are run nationally, Incentives, Remuneration Models and Business Models. The initiative establishes the first ever national mission-oriented action that focuses on preventive health measures and system transformation from a Health-Risk-Disease perspective. The project runs 2020 to 2030. Maria Bjerstam is Innovation Skåne’s contact person for the project.


Innovation Skåne and Region Skåne together lead Carematrix, a European project to support the development of better solutions for multi-disease patients with the aim of creating better cohesive care and thus an increased quality of life for the patients.

In the project, research and development are procured jointly by three European care providers, in addition to Region Skåne, through the hospital in Trelleborg, also care providers in Norway and Spain. Through an innovation procurement, the project supports the development of better solutions for multi-disease patients, with the aim of attaining solutions that provide the individual patient with a more cohesive care chain, resulting in an increased quality of life for the patients.

Innovation Skåne is the coordinator for the project, which is financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020. The total project budget is SEK 60 million, of which 42 million will be used to support the development of solutions. The project started 1 March 2021 and will end in December 2024. Seven partners are part of the project, in addition to Innovation Skåne, also Region Skåne, Norway Health Tech, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF), Region Osakidetza, and The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC). Magnus Wallengren is the coordinator for the project.


Digital solution to strengthen self-care ability and quality of life in individuals with chronic kidney failure

The project aims to contribute to reduced disease progression and improved quality of life for patients with chronic kidney failure through improved support for self-care. Chronic renal failure requires a lot in terms of adapting lifestyle habits in combination with drugs to slow down the deterioration of kidney function. The prescriptions are individualized and vary depending on the degree of renal impairment and on at what stage the individual is in terms of the course of the disease, which makes care complex.

The project runs until January 2023, with a sub-project ending in January 2022. Partners in the project are Innovation Skåne, Region Skåne, Lund University, RISE, Sony Network Communications Europe, miThings and Region Blekinge. The project is funded by Vinnova and by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency through the strategic innovation program IoT Sweden. Ulrika Björck and Magnus Wallengren are Innovation Skåne’s contact persons for the project. Read more about the project (in Swedish).


The project will produce a decision basis for the development of digital accessibility for children and young people with mental health problems and those close to them. The project is ongoing since August 2020 and will end in December 2021. Emmy Bertholdsson is Innovation Skåne’s contact person for the project.

Digihealth Nordic Acceleration

The project is ongoing since October 2020 and will end in September 2021. Turku Science Park is the lead partner and runs the project with Innovation Skåne and ScanBalt. Fred Kjellson is Innovation Skåne’s contact person for the project.

EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region


The goal of the eHealth Innovation project is to create growth in the region’s small and medium-sized companies, in the area of eHealth, by increasing the innovation capacity of public actors in seven pilot projects. The innovation climate in the region is strengthened by increased collaboration in public sector challenges, between the public and private sectors. The project started in May 2018 and will end in August 2021 and is a collaboration between Blue Science Park and Innovation Skåne. Fred Kjellson is Innovation Skåne’s contact person for the project.


EIT Health

Together for healthy lives in Europe. EIT Health is a high-quality European network with approximately 140 members from industry, academia, and payers/providers of health care in Europe. The goal of EIT Health is to strengthen the healthcare systems in Europe, promote the health of citizens and contribute to a sustainable health economy in Europe. Region Skåne is a Core Partner since 2018, which gives companies with a relation to the Skåne innovation system an opportunity to seek funding for international growth. Bengt Stavenow, Innovation Skåne is responsible for the program’s coordination in Skåne and validates the companies’ applications.

EIT Health

HealthTech Nordic

HealthTech Nordic accelerates and unite pioneers in the field of HealthTech. Startups, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts in HealthTech are welcome to join the HealthTech Nordic Community. Membership grants access to gatherings and seminars on relevant topics as well as interaction with interested peers, top-level experts, industry leaders, and potential customers. Startups and entrepreneurs based in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak area with ambitions to grow internationally can also qualify for the HealthTech Nordic Fast Tracks. HealthTech Nordic is run by Innovation Skåne along with Noway Health Tech, Health Tech Hub Copenhage in Denmark and Sahlgrenska Science Park, Smile Incubator and Invest in Skåne in Sweden. The project is partially financed by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, European Regional Development Fund. The goal is to help 100 startups grow and create 700 new jobs. Marianne Larsson is the Director.

The stroke journey

Together with Region Skåne and Blue Science Park, Region Blekinge and Karlskrona Municipality, and with the support of Upphandlingsmyndigheten and funding from Vinnova, we are conducting a feasibility study aiming to radically improve stroke emergency care through a way of procurement called innovation partnership.
The innovation procurement may cover municipalities and regions in southern Sweden. The goal is to increase the quality of life for stroke patients and at the same time reduce the costs for society. Emmy Bertholdsson is Innovation Skåne’s contact for the project.

To completed projects



EVolution Road

The consortia EVolution Road, project led by Innovation Skåne, has been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration to establish a demonstration of electric road technology. The test will take place in an urban environment, on a stretch of the road at Getingevägen in northern Lund. The site will be covered with two different versions of the same electric road technology. The EVolution Road consortium consists of Innovation Skåne AB (project manager), Elonroad AB, Lund University of Technology, Kraftringen Energi AB, Lund Municipality / Future by Lund, Ramboll AB, Skånetrafiken, Solaris Sverige AB and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute VTI.

Intelligent Mobility of the Future in Greater Copenhagen

In the project Intelligent Mobility of the Future in Greater Copenhagen, FIMO, technological advances are used to support more sustainable mobility in and across Region Hovedstaden, Region Skåne and Region Själland. The project develops and demonstrates innovative mobility solutions through nine use cases in geographical areas that all have different challenges: in dense urban areas, surrounding municipalities and in rural areas. In each use case, innovative solutions will be designed as suggestions on how to solve the mobility challenges.

Partners are Region Hovedstaden (lead partner), Region Själland, Movia, Glostrup Municipality, Hvidovre Municipality, Køge Municipality, Lund Municipality, Helsingborg City, Vera Park, Region Skåne, Innovation Skåne, the Swedish Transport Administration, Malmö University and Gate 21. The project is partly financed by Interreg ØKS. The project runs from 2018 to 2021. Project leader is Malin Larsson.

Maas in Skåne

In the MaaS project in Skåne, a so-called Mobility as a Service, or MaaS solution, will connect public and private transport services, such as buses, trains, taxis, bicycles, scooters and car sharing in one system. An open interface makes it possible to integrate various travel services in the platform, something that opens up for more new and innovative solutions that can contribute to sustainable travel.

Participating project members are Innovation Skåne, Skånetrafiken, the municipalities of Malmö, Lund and Helsingborg, as well as Iomob Technologies AB that develops parts of the technical solution. The project is partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. The project runs from 2020 to 2022. Project leader is Markus Mårtensson.

Cross Mobility

Cross Mobility (Mobility på Tvärs) will change and improve green mobility in Greater Copenhagen by implementing and involving citizens in new mobility solutions and by scaling up new mobility services across rural areas, suburbs and cities. The project will promote green mobility for citizens with new mobility solutions, such as car pooling, car sharing and new high-speed bicycles.

Innovation Skåne together with Gate21 runs the project. Other project partners are the Swedish municipalities of Lund, Sjöbo and Tomelilla, the Danish municipalities of Lejre, Slagelse, Fredensborg, Roskilde and Frederiksberg, as well as Region Hovedstaden, Mobile Heights, Concito, 4-Leaf Consulting, Roskilde University and DTU Diploma. The project is supported by Interreg ÖKS. The project runs 2020-2022. Project leader is Malin Larsson.



Materials Business Center

The project constitutes a framework for connecting market and industrial needs with entrepreneurs who are willing and able to adopt technical or scientific solutions to industrial problems and create innovations and commercially viable enterprises. The project is supported by European Regional Development Fund. Carl Malm is the Director for Materials Business Center.


To completed projects


Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy

A new lighting project in Greater Copenhagen with the goal of saving energy by increasing the investment in intelligent energy-efficient LED lighting of good quality in public buildings and public roads. The project aims to both maintain and strengthen Greater Copenhagen’s position as a leading global demonstration area (Living labs) for energy-efficient and innovative LED lighting solutions and at the same time lead to energy savings of at least 7,200,000 kWh yearly. The project partners include six municipalities in Skåne, eight Danish municipalities, Region Skåne and three universities. All partners actively participate in the development and acceleration of energy-efficient lighting, creating new products and services in the lighting industry. The project runs for three years (2019 – 2022). Maria Edgren is the the Director for Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy.



Foodtech Innovation Network

The project aims to help address two of the region’s main challenges, low productivity and low employment rates. This is done by increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in one of the regions’ clearest areas of strength, foodtech. The project aims to make industrial environments (demonstrators) available where SMEs can develop products, processes and concepts together with technical know-how. The companies will also be offered training as well as innovation and growth support. In parallel, a vibrant community within Foodtech is being built that creates additional value. The project is estimated to generate at least 150 full-time equivalents within Skåne and Blekinge during the project period and in the long term 1000 full-time equivalents. The project will be run in collaboration between Innovation Skåne, Lund University / LTH, Netport Science Park and Packbridge. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Collaboration for new business models and innovations in a circular bioeconomy

The purpose of the project is to help secure Sweden’s food system, by contributing to new knowledge and new industrial solutions with a special focus on fruits and vegetables. The project consists of gathering companies and other players in the food chain, to identify gaps and opportunities for circular bioeconomy. The project also consists of arranging workshops and seminars, as well as establishing structures for continued collaboration. The project owner is Foodhills with Innovation Skåne, Livsmedelsakademin and LRF Trädgård as collaborative partners. Emelie Olsson leads the project.

Completed projects


Cross4Health aimed to unlock the collaborative potential of Aerospace and Energy SMEs leveraged on Biotechnology, ICT and Medical Devices sectors for the generation of innovative solutions that enhance patient-centred personalized care. Cross4Health selected more than 70 innovative project ideas to accelerate and further support monetarily and with innovation services. Magnus Wallengren lead Innovation Skånes participation in the project which finished in 2020.


Product Validation in Health, ProVaHealth, was an Interreg Baltic Sea Region-project which facilitates access to health infrastructures for startups and SMEs. It promoted commercialization based on excellent client validation opportunities, hands-on feedback and input for product development. ProVaHealth involved 14 health Living Labs from the Baltic Sea region and worked together with ScanBalt and the European Network of Living Labs. Fred Kjellson lead Innovation Skånes participation in the project which finished in 2020.


SWEPER was a national initiative that aimed to improve and support life science sector opportunities in Sweden to obtain and use data. The goal was to contribute to Swedish health data becoming the support required to take maximum advantage of the potential in precision medicine – a healthcare tailored for the individual. Innovation Skåne was a sub-project manager and Fred Kjellson lead Innovation Skånes participation in the project which finished in 2020.

Preventive measures for reduced mental illness
Digitizing of the pregnancy process
Distans support for patients with Heart Failure and COPD
Digital support from doctors at a distance
EIT Health: OpenAPI Bootcamp


Baltic TRAM

The project Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) seeked to strengthen the relationship between analytical research institutions and business, and link expertise to concrete industrial needs. The overall objective was to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium size enterprise – thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive. Baltic TRAM was led by DESY, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Innovation Skåne was one of 14 project partners. Find a detailed project summary here.


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