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Testa Center

A testbed for the production of biological products

Testa Center is a private-public initiative between the Swedish government and Cytiva to secure the life science industry’s growth and manufacturing capabilities. It is an essential infrastructure for the development of biological products, which is a pinpointed strategically important area by the Swedish government. Testa Center is a purpose-built open-access bioprocessing testbed with modern upscaling equipment to verify technology or scale-up processes. The main objective is to promote the life science sector’s growth and bridge the gap between discovery and industrialization.

How is STUNS Life science involved?

We have collaborated with Testa Center before its establishment in 2018. In 2017, STUNS Life Science, Region Uppsala, and Testa Center worked together and secured funding for development and brought the center into operation. In this collaboration, STUNS contributes as an independent actor in the application process for funding and project prioritization. STUNS also develops innovation processes and collaboration formats as well as engaging service providers from the ecosystem.

Ongoing projects

Funding for verification in Testa Center

This project aims at continued system impact to get more Swedish companies to build value and competence in biological production. A system transformation is needed to make the Testa-model into a new normal.

STUNS Life science contributes as an independent actor in the application process for funding and project prioritization for initiatives looking to get support for their verification project in Testa Center.

Financing: STUNS Life science, VINNOVA (Project ID: 2021-04228)
Project duration: 2022-2023
STUNS Life science’s role: Project manager
Contact: Malin Wiederholm

Verification funding

Interested in funding your Testa Center project? You can apply for verification funding up to 800 000 SEK with a 30 % co-financing requirement. The funding can cover any costs within your project e.g. fees, consumables and salaries.

Finished projects

Testa@Testa Center by STUNS

This initiative aims towards a system transformation to accelerate the industrialization of biological products and to support the development of digital innovations to meet the needs in biological production. 

Financing: Region Uppsala, Tillväxtverket (ERUF)
Project duration: 2021-2023
STUNS Life science’s role: Project manager
Contact: Malin Wiederholm 

On-boarding checks

Interested in doing a project at Testa Center but don’t know where to start? You can apply for checks up to 250 000 SEK for external consultancy services to prepare your project. There is a co-financing requirement of 25-50% depending on the size of the check you apply for.

Testa Challenge

This initiative aims to accelerate the implementation of digital and technical products and services in biological production. 

Testa Challenge invites digital and technical companies to verify their innovations in a full-scale bioprocess run at Testa Center supported by bioprocess experts. The proposed project can be a solution for any stage in the workflow, from preparation and planning to the actual culture, harvest, and downstream activities such as separation and purification.

After the Challenge, participants will have reduced product development risks for their innovations, verified their offer to a bio-production market segment, and enabled future investments.

Testa Challenge is inspired by events such as open innovation and hackathons. As the market for biological products, such as antibody drugs and vaccines, is expanding so is the need for new technology to streamline the production. The main barriers to develop, test and verify digital and technological products are high costs associated with biological production. Also, the focus on intellectual property rights often hinders collaboration between companies to solve problems together. Therefore, we wanted to provide a full-scale bioprocess and the expertise needed to have companies explore the possibilities of meeting the future technology needs and overcoming challenges in the bioprocessing industry.

Testa Challenge is an initiative that is run within the project Testa@Testa Center by STUNS.

Financing: Region Uppsala, Tillväxtverket (ERUF)
Supporters: Cytiva, RISE, PALL
Project duration: 2022
STUNS Life science role: Project manager
Contact: Malin Wiederholm 

Visit the official webpage to find out when and how to apply!



Testa Center Outreach

This project aims to establish the Testa Center as an international research infrastructure and attract interesting foreign innovation companies to create value chains in Sweden.

Most projects at Testa Center since its opening in September 2018 have been from Swedish researchers and companies.

This initiative opens for companies in Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland to utilize Testa Center and engage with the Uppsala life science ecosystem. In addition to having access to the facility and its equipment, the companies will have access to Testa Center staff’s knowledge and expertise, who provide support in designing experiments and consulting in experimental design. By coming to Testa Center, the projects will be able to minimize risk, increase the chances of attracting capital, and accelerate industrialization opportunities.

Testa Center Outreach is a collaboration between STUNS Life science, Business Sweden, and VINNOVA.

Financing: STUNS Life science, Business Sweden, VINNOVA (Project ID: 2020-04646)
Project duration: 2021-2022
STUNS Life science role: Project manager
Contact: Björn Arvidsson


Strategic partners

STUNS Life science has strategic partners to facilitate intrested parties with different services or competence for doing a project at Testa Center. Click on the icons to learn more about them.