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Gösta Hiller is head of the SDS Gothenburg Office establishment and Director of Clinical Project Management at SDS

SDS sets up office in Gothenburg

Life science service provider Scandinavian Development Service (SDS) is opening an office at the BioVenture Hub in Mölndal, Gothenburg. There, the Stockholm firm joins the likes of Cellink, Mölnlycke and Mentor Mate, which are all co-located with pharma giant AstraZeneca.

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Gösta Hiller, head of the new Gothenburg office and director of clinical project management at SDS, tells Business Region Göteborg more about the company, its plans and why it chose Gothenburg.

What is SDS?

"SDS is a service provider focused exclusively on the services for drug and device development and also biostatistics. Today we have around 30 employed experts representing key disciplines such as CMC, preclinical, regulatory affairs, clinical development and biostatistics," says Gösta Hiller.

Why is SDS opening an office in Gothenburg?

"The life science business is growing rapidly in Gothenburg and the plans are to expand considerably in the Mölndal area over the next few years. Small- and medium sized pharma and device companies rely on access to key expertise to run their projects. We believe effective communication to be key in successful collaboration and Gothenburg is a natural extension for us. Good connectivity with Stockholm by train and the fact that we are currently working with several companies in the Gothenburg region are also key factors."

Why are you establishing at the BioVenture Hub?

"We consider the BioVenture Hub to be the right location for SDS, geographically and also because of its focus on development aspects of drug and device projects."

When are you moving in and what happens next?

"Our first step is to establish the office and spread the word that we now are established in the Gothenburg region. The seminar on “strategies for drug development” on 3 May also services as our opening ceremony and we hope that many will find the topic interesting and choose to come. We have additional plans for the autumn and will announce in due time regarding those plans."

 

 

Who are some of your big customers in Gothenburg and the Nordics?

"Today, we work with just under 10 companies in the Gothenburg region. Some of our well-known clients are MEDIVIR, Amgen, Xbrane Biopharma, Kancera and Metabogen. Overall, we have around 60 active clients within Life Science in Sweden," says Gösta Hiller.

What are your plans for the future?

"SDS is growing fairly rapidly. Our plan is to continue growing organically at least for a few more years and to expand to new geographic locations in the Nordic region. Over the last few years we have recruited 5-6 consultants per year. We expect to keep recruiting at approximately the same rate and some of these positions are likely to be based in Gothenburg."

"Finding the right people to work in SDS is a key challenge for us with regards to continue growing and we see the increased recruitment base in Gothenburg as an additional advantage of establishing an office in Gothenburg. Ingela Nylander, who has extensive experience as a Project Manager within drug development, is SDS' first employee in Gothenburg."

What do you think about the support you have received from Business Region Göteborg so far, and do you think it’s important to have a close relationship with similar cluster and regional organisations?

"We are grateful and encouraged by the support we have received so far. We also believe that the life-science clusters and networks in the Gothenburg area are making a significant difference and are essential for success for both the smaller and larger companies. We hope to be a key partner in these networks and help strengthen the life-science cluster in Gothenburg."

 

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