Published: 11-05-2016 17:04 | Updated: 13-05-2016 23:46

Letter of intent signed by KI and the Sjöberg Foundation

Karolinska Institutet and the recently formed Sjöberg Foundation have today jointly signed a letter of intent describing the framework of a donation aimed at creating and managing a new cancer research centre located at Karolinska Institutet.

“It is gratifying that we now have a new player who wants to support Swedish research and development and contribute to improved cancer therapies”, says Professor Henrik Grönberg, acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska Institutet. “We are honoured that Bengt Sjöberg and his new foundation have chosen Karolinska Institutet as a partner in these discussions.”

Bengt Sjöberg, a Swedish businessman residing in Hong Kong, recently announced the creation of the Sjöberg Foundation, endowed with SEK 2 billion (approx. EUR 216 million), with the goal of “making a difference in cancer research and the treatment currently received by cancer patients”. This new foundation, among other things, will award the annual Sjöberg Prize to a prominent cancer researcher or cancer research group. The prize will be awarded in close cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.