Overlooking everyone standing at the ground floor and the balcony’s at the Biomedicum inauguration ceremony on Friday, I felt very humble and a great gratitude to everyone who has contributed to make the vision about Biomedicum come true and to those who made the inauguration such a memorable event.
My sincere thanks to you all!
Biomusicum, I am always astonished what a lot of talent we have within KI. Your excellent performance really contributed to making this a special event and holds great promise for the future. I really hope you will continue to make Biomedicum alive with the sound of music.
A special thanks to Johanna Bylund, the heads of the five departments in Biomedicum, and everyone else who made the inauguration event such a memorable day.
Biomedicum came true thanks to visions, strategic choices and actions taken by many of you and by our predecessors. I feel very humble being part of the KI management that shares these visions and these strategic choices and that now have the opportunity and the responsibility to exploit the full potential of Biomedicum.
Many are you, who have invested countless of hours in this project, who have taken difficult decisions, who have made compromises and who have overcome hurdles. I hope that you now feel proud of what has been achieved.
My speech at the inauguration ceremony follows below,
Guests, friends and colleagues,
There was a vision that Stockholm would be a world leading Life Science cluster by 2025.
There were strategic choices made to invest in modern infrastructures to remain competitive.
There were actions taken to build advanced laboratories and today we inaugurate the Jewel in the Crown, Biomedicum.
These were visions, these were strategic choices and these were actions taken by some of you who are here to celebrate with us today and by our predecessors. Now it is our opportunity and it is our challenges to exploit the full potential of Biomedicum.
As we now develop our new Strategy, a strategy that will bring us into 2030, we talk about the global university and we talk about the collaborating university and this is exactly what Biomedicum stands for.
Biomedicum is a building where Karolinska Institutet reaches out to the world, where we drive the development of knowledge about life, and work to promote health for everyone. Biomedicum is an environment that brings the world to Karolinska Institutet, where we attract and welcomes colleagues and friends from all over the world.
Biomedicum is also an environment for collaboration, an environment for experimental research across disciplinary boundaries and for collaboration with clinical research. But most importantly it is an environment for collaboration between people. Biomedicum is in an example of how we, as a university, has collaborated with Akademiska Hus to create a laboratory for the future. None of us could have done this alone.
My hope is also that the development of this fantastic physical environment will go hand in hand with the development of a good and safe working environment and a recognition of our shared responsibility for our environment.
Many of you have invested countless of hours in this project, you have taken difficult decisions, there were compromises, you overcame hurdles along the way, you have acquired new skills, you have made new friends….and maybe some enemies…and you have contributed to make history. The completion of Biomedicum constitutes a true land mark in the history of Karolinska Institutet.
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to and will contribute to make the Biomedicum vision come really true!