For several years there were plans for new KI premises at Campus Flemingsberg, expected to be a hub for basic and clinical research as well as education - A living venue for research, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.
The Novum premises needed refurbishment and didn't adequately meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's research. KTH had already decided on a new building, and between the KTH-building and NOVUM there was space for a sister building. A timely offer was made by the real estate company Hemsö and KI decided to sign a rental contract for parts of the building with the vision to establish:
- Attractive premises with good communications – an optimal research environment for the recruitment of excellent scientists.
- Increased interaction and collaboration – An environment that encourages and supports creative meetings, without borders
- Excellent interaction between basic and clinical science and with the university hospital
- Efficient and flexible use of premises and equipment – Premises that can seamlessly be adapted to changing needs in a dynamic and evolving research context
Neo would give:
- Coworkers and students, our most important assets, the best possible conditions to work and develop
- New possibilities for our infrastructure
- Opportunities for change
- Optimal conditions for collaboration between and integration of research-groups, across departments and research areas
- A coherent preclinical and clinical research environment
- Increased interaction with the health care system in particular Karolinska university hospital, primary care and the municipalities in the close vicinity and education/KTH School of Technology and Health and Röda korsets and Södertörns högskolor.
- Simpler establishment, operation, and use of core facilities and expensive equipment
- Increased efficiency and improved service to core activities
- More efficient use of premises (fewer square meters per person)
The researchers that moved into Neo belong to six different departments:
The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BioNut) - the entire department consisting of 32 research groups working in the following research areas: Ageing; Bioinformatics; Bioorganic Chemistry; Cancer Biology; Chromosome Biology; Developmental Biology ; Neurobiology, Epigenetics; Functional Genomics; Molecular Endocrinology; Nutrition; Signal Transduction; Stem Cells and Structural Biology.
The Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH) - HERM consisting of 18 research groups focusing on hematopoiesis, blood disorders and the human immune system in the context of malignancy and infectious diseases and the Lipid laboratory.
The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) - The Division of Clinical Geriatrics (headed by Eric Westman with five research groups), parts of the Division of Neurogeriatrics (Jan Johansson and Anna Rising research groups), the Division of Neurodegeneration (Erik Sundström´s research group) and the Division of Translational Alzheimer Neurobiology (Agneta Nordberg, Taher Darreh-Shori research groups).
The Department of Laboratory Medicine (LabMed) – Robert Månsson research group (part of HERM).
Core facilities that moved in to Neo
From MedH the core facility MedH Flow Cytometry Facility.
From NVS and Clintec the KI stem cell and tissue bank (Erik Sundström, Fredrik Lanner).