Jin Seok carries out the daily duties for a Cytiva service engineer, a role he has held for 30 years!

2020 is ending with a special milestone — the two-thousandth ÄKTA device has been successfully installed in Korea. Bae Jin Seok is the Korea Service team leader and the engineer who installed and tested the first ÄKTA Explorer in Korea in 1996. The ÄKTA anniversary coincides with a personal one for Jin Seok, who celebrates 30 years of working for what is now Cytiva!

Jin Seok joined Pharmacia as a service engineer in 1991, but he never expected that he would stay in the same organization for the rest of his career. With so much knowledge to learn, great customers…


By Klara-Maria Mach

I never imagined that I would get COVID-19 until one morning in early March, when I felt that my body was oddly… off. My mental state was as gloomy as the grey days of the long Swedish winter. Something was happening to me. I had a dreadful feeling of experiencing an illness that I did not recognize.

A photo of me in a park

My husband Gustav had returned home to Uppsala, Sweden from a ski trip in the Austrian Alps a week before my symptoms started. Around that time, there was hardly any information about the coronavirus in the Swedish media, which gave us a false sense of security. Everything was too new to grasp and happening too fast to understand its severity.

The two days after my husband returned from Austria were completely normal. I went to work, trained in the gym, cooked meals — the usual stuff. But on the third day, my husband called me as soon…


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By Gunnar Malmquist, Principal Scientist at Cytiva

I took my first job with no intention of a lifetime career in biotech. Fast forward to today, I still ride my bike every morning to the same workplace, I still start my workday with a smoked tea, and I still take on new professional challenges. Some things never change, while most things have.

People often call me a “rare bird”. In today’s job-hopping culture, it’s no wonder people get baffled when they encounter company veterans like me. In Sweden alone, people tend to change their workplace every five years — something that hasn’t changed since the late 1980s, according to the Swedish Bureau of Central Statistics. With the boom of the life sciences industry, it is estimated that around 67% of professionals are likely to seek a new job in the next 12 months.

I am a Principal Scientist at Cytiva (formerly known as GE Healthcare…


By Dorothea Axelson

You say innovation, I say blah. It’s overused and under-demonstrated. But you recognize it when you see it, and when you meet someone who crackles with energy, you know you’ve found a possible source of innovation.

I had that feeling when I met Tobias Degsell. Our first encounter with him was to prepare for an internal event — celebrating the 60th anniversary of our product Sephadex (Link and photo) in Uppsala, Sweden. He was quiet in the meeting, and I admit I thought, “hm. Typical, reserved Swede.” …


Part one: stories beyond molecules

By Claudia Pricop

Cell cultures, bioreactors, peptides, macromolecules. You can visualize the dance of the bio-molecules, how they bond, and how they form intricate interactions in our bodies. You can see the protein forming. You start envisioning its engineering, until it becomes the targeted therapy that can be delivered to a patient suffering from a life-threatening disease. You are not new to biotechnology.

But if peptides, macromolecules, and proteins sound like words coming straight out of a chemistry lab, buzzing in your ear and triggering your curiosity — then you have come to the right place. You are about to…


By Dorothea Axelson

Do you ever go back to your notes from a trade show or a keynote and remember what was said? I rarely do, but to prepare for our most recent episode of our podcast Discovery Matters, I was happy to find what I had jotted down months earlier.

Back in Philadelphia in early June, Conor McKechnie, our Chief Marketing Officer, and I were sitting next to each other listening to a keynote about microbiomes. He’s obsessed; I’m only interested. I scribbled phrases like:

“The best medicine is already inside us.”

“2lbs of bacteria in our gut!”

“Anything…


by Dorothea Axelson

I didn’t know anything about the town of Framingham one year ago. But as I rode in a cab with a colleague on the way to our Marlborough offices from the Boston airport, we drove under the road sign that said: “Framingham.”

Conor said: “You know about the Heart Study, right?”

No, I didn’t know about the world’s longest-running study of heart health. 70 years strong — and the reason we know that what we eat makes a difference to our tickers. Seemed like a good topic for our podcast, Discovery Matters.

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During a lively lunch chat about the popularity of wearable fitness trackers, the curious question came up: with all this data we are generating, what if we were able to do it 50–70 years ago — where would medicine and healthcare be now?

Photo: Framingham Heart Study physicians in 1948 (Public domain)

Hearing the question Dodi immediately remembered The Framingham Heart Study. Its objective was to identify the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD) by following its development over a long period of time in a large group of participants who had not yet developed overt symptoms of CVD or suffered a…


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A pandemic starts with a picnic. But can pandemics be prevented without cancelling feel-good gatherings?

Enter Artificial Intelligence into the world of healthcare and life sciences. Dodi meets up with an expert panel on the topic and gets examples of the real potential of this very trendy topic.

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This episode is a more immediately serious story than previous topics we’ve covered. This story is about a discovery where a number of people had to go through unimaginable pain so that it can become useful for others.

This is the story of Emily Whitehead, the first pediatric patient enrolled in a clinical trial investigating CAR T-cell therapy CTL019, now known as tisagenlecleucel, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Emily is now a happy, healthy 14 year old in remission for the past 7 years.

This is also the story of Nicole Gularte, the leukemia patient who…

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