Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is one of four universities that receive financial ability to establish an innovation office. It is confirmed by the Minister for Enterprise Annie Lööf in a post in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. This means that LTU can strengthen it's innovation system and already well-developed research collaboration with Swedish companies, especially in Norrbotten
- It is very gratifying because we've already have very concrete work at the university and now we get an innovation office that will benefit that work, says Johan Sterte Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
It is for the forthcoming research bill, presented in mid-October, that the Minister would strike a blow for a stronger climate for innovation in the country. An ingredient of this is to establish innovation offices in places where it does not already exist, among other places at Luleå University of Technology. 20 million SEK per year will be spent by the government on new innovation office, which will benefit LTU.
Luleå University of Technology is the university with the highest proportion of research in the country funded by the business community. The research is part of the positive trend prevailing in the region's economy, with the momentum that new mines and the establishment of Facebook's server rooms means. Over the years, LTU has developed an innovationsystem that will benefit the national and regional companies. LTU has thus presented itself as the "society beneficial university". The system includes multi-year collaboration with industry, especially companies such as LKAB, SSAB and Lindbäcks Construction AB. In addition to the companies are also university centers, collaboration with Aurorum Business Incubator (ABI) and not least Centek, important parts of the innovation system. Centek owned by LTU's holding company, has a stated mission of innovation where a new innovation office is an important part.
- Because we are able to establish an Innovation Office at Luleå University of Technology, I expect that we can charge up our activities to lead LTU's research to new inventions and commercialized products in existing and new businesses, says LTU's Vice Chancellor Johan Sterte.