15 years of enabling life science innovation

SmiLe Incubator

SmiLe Incubator celebrated 15 years of success on 26 January with a packed program of exciting activities. Life science entrepreneurs at all stages are attracted and supported by SmiLe’s broad range of programs, and we are very proud of the amazing achievements of our 100+ incubator and alumni companies over the years.

SmiLe is a non-profit life science business incubator helping early life science companies develop their business ideas and build successful companies within MedTech, BioTech, e-Health, Diagnostics and FoodTech.

Today, we have coached more than 100 companies to success, 21 of which have launched an IPO, and we have been awarded the status of “Excellent Incubator” by Vinnova, a further testament to our success. Together, the SmiLe companies have attracted EUR 717 million in venture capital since 2014. SmiLe also works actively for diversity and gender equality, 41 percent of the founders and CEOs in the incubator today are women and 50 percent of the venture capital was attracted by companies managed by women.

“I am extremely proud of SmiLe´s achievements as well as our dynamic and diverse community. Helping entrepreneurs develop innovative products with the capacity to improve the lives of millions of people is our reason for being. Over the years we have become an internationally recognized incubator and we have helped to build a stronger and more vibrant life science community in southern Sweden”, says Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator.

The incubator was founded in 2007 when a group of local authorities and firms (Innovationsbron Syd AB, Lund University, Ideon Center, Region Skåne, Lund Municipality and Sparbanksstiftelsen Färs & Frosta) agreed to establish the new Lund Bioinkubator (later Ideon Bioinkubator), which is the origin of SmiLe.

Check out the pictures and our anniversary booklet

Check out the pictures from the celebration and our anniversary booklet


For more information, please contact: Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator,

+46 (0)73 4000433, ebba@smileincubator.life



SmiLe offers top-of-the-line business coaching, access to a large international network of investors and industry experts, as well as access to a unique lab infrastructure consisting of eleven in-house laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation.