Corporations and Organisations Associated with Umeå University

The Holding Companies

The contacts between the research community and the corporate sector are improved and strengthened by the establishment of holding companies associated with the university. They provide opportunities for the transfer of research projects, which have reached the level of concreteness necessary for commercial application, from the regular research organisation of the university to an environment suited for commercialization processes.

Uminova Holding AB

The holding company under 100% ownership of Umeå University. Its affiliates are Uminova Innovation AB (50.3%), USBE Executive Education (100%), Etanolpilot i Sverige AB (48.5 %), Uminova Invest AB (13%) and BLG-programmet AB (45%).

Uminova Innovation AB

is active in transforming business ideas to business activities. UI is open to researchers, employees and students connected to the university, the hospital and other research centres in Umeå. UI assesses the feasibility of the business idea, coaches the innovator, provides office space at no cost, determines whether the idea has already been put into practice, etc. Uminova Innovation AB is 50.3 percent owned by Uminova Holding AB. The other owners are Umeå Kommunföretag AB, SLU Holding and Almi Västerbotten.

Umeå Biotech Incubator AB (UBI)

is a company helping biotechnology researchers to promote their ideas in as many ways as possible. The company provides facilities, including laboratory premises, plus expert advice, to help develop ideas with commercial possibilities. UBI is owned by Uminova Innovation AB.

Uminova Invest AB

provides potential growth companies associated with Umeå University or other educational and scientific establishments in Västerbotten with capital and capabilities to promote growth. Uminova Invest is 13 percent owned by Uminova Holding AB. The other owners are Industrifonden, Norrlandsfonden, Innovationsbron and Balticgruppen.