Pia Sandvik Photo: Björn Tesch
Pia Sandvik is President of the new umbrella institute, which new head office will be located in Gothenburg.
“What is most inspiring with this assignment is to be able to develop the potential of the new RISE. We truly have the possibility of delivering added benefit to our customers,” she says.
“For most of my professional life I have switched between research and the business sector, and that’s something I enjoy. Sweden’s strategy for new industrialisation is currently in strong focus, and for me RISE has an obvious role to play in this implementation in several areas, not least test-beds. This is an area in which we will show our skills.”
The aim is that the new RISE should provide both coordination synergies and develop new services that benefit our customers. Above all via a broader-based offer with additional skills and services under one roof, and with clearer paths to the institute services. This is something that is in demand primarily among small and medium-sized companies.
“Small and medium-sized companies are immensely important to growth in Sweden, but they often find it more difficult to find an entry point to research and development. RISE is accustomed to helping customers define their problems and with our broad competence base, we can work across almost the entire Technology Readiness Level scale. In other words, we’re better equipped than many other actors to provide useful support in the development of small and medium-sized companies,” says Pia Sandvik.