Swedish Innovation Award to Cellink and Erik Gatenholm, alumni from the MSc in Innovation and Industrial Management
Photo: Cellink press
Cellink won the Swedish Innovation Award (Svenska Innovationspriset) 2016. They have made it to the stock market in record time and given their shareholders a tripled increase in value. Their vision: 3D-printing of human organs. Cellink was founded in January 2016 by Erik Gatenholm, who is an alumni from the Master’s programme Innovation and Industrial Management, at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.
Cellink has a team of 12 people who have developed and are producing a so call bio ink – a bio material combined with human cells, which makes it possible to print human tissue. Today Cellink’s printers with bio-ink can print cartilage and skin tissues, and their future vision is to print human organs
The Swedish Innovation Award was handed out by Veckans Affärer on 30 November 2016, and is awarded to draw attention to Swedish innovations that have reached commercial success and the people who make it possible.
The jury’s statement for giving Cellink the award was:
“This small Swedish company has an unprecedented drive, in developing a socially useful product for the modern world, as well as a record-breaking IPO, and their products may change future medical research.”