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The UPSC Centre for Forest Biotechnology was launched in 2017 and it combines scientific knowledge generated at the University with practical industrial applications. Its main aim is to conduct top-class basic research in plant science and translate it into innovations with commercial potential.

The Center is part of the Competence Center program of the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems – VINNOVA (https://www.vinnova.se/m/kompetenscentrum/), which was established to enhance the strength of the Swedish industry to keep Sweden on a competitive basis. The UPSC Center for Forest Biotechnology is a continuation of the UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology (2007 – 2016) and currently has two University partners and seven industrial partners. Several projects at the centre run in close collaboration between those partners.