Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. It has faculties within all the Technical fields, Life Science, Industrial Design and Economics. Ideon Science Park was build over 30 years ago right next to the University of Lund in order to connect science and research with innovators and entrepreneurs. Ideon was the first Science Park of its kind in Sweden and northern Europe.
The Incubator at Lund University, LU Innovation, is represented in the Board at Ideon Science Park, and both students, faculty management and scientists are constantly present at the Science Park.
Many great innovations have been realized through cooperations between scientists and entrepenurs. The first artificial kidney, the first ultra sound technology, Ericsson's first mobile phone, the first connected video camera and many more. Ideon Science Park helps entrepeneurs to come in contact with scientists and science through Science Breakfasts, innovation talks and match making.
Examples of innovations from Lund University
1946 – The first artificial kidney
The world’s first clinically useable artificial kidney was created by a medical professor Nils Alwall here in Lund University. He created his first smaller prototype and started experimenting with rabbits. After the success of his initial experiment he started treating people and together with the entrepreneur Holger Crafoord in 1964 they founded the now global company Gambro. Three years later they launched the first artificial kidney for worldwide use and since 2013 they have been part of Baxter International. Read more about Nils Alwall here
1953 – Medical ultrasound
Physicist Hellmuth Hertz and cardiologist Inge Edler were the first two people in the world to see a beating heart. The two of them designed the first echocardiogram that can be used in examination of the heart. Their creation proved to be very crucial for heart disease diagnosis, which was the reason that they were nominated several times for a Noble prize. Even though they did not get one, they received the prestigious American Lasker award. Read more about them here
1994 – Bluetooth
The Bluetooth was created by Ericsson Mobile based in Ideon Science Park in Lund in 1994. With their technology for short distance data exchange they started an age of new inventions and opportunities for the electronics sector. They introduced the technology to the market in 1998. It was named Bluetooth as during the name brainstorming Jim Kardach of Intel, who was part of the team, was reading Frans G. Bengtsson's historical novel The Long Ships about Vikings and King Harald Blåtand (Harold Bluetooth).