Arvid Carlsson Award by Sahlgrenska Science Park

Since 2017, Sahlgrenska Science Park awards the Arvid Carlsson Award every year in connection with Park Annual. The aim is to pay tribute to innovation, knowledge and competence in conjunction with good entrepreneurship through an award in Nobel Prize winner Arvid Carlsson’s name.

Who can get the award?

Nominated entrepreneurs in life science who drive development for human health and wellbeing.

The ambition is to give recognition and honor to promising and future entrepreneurs in academia, healthcare and industry to stimulate continued learning and networking in the global arena that is life science. Arvid Carlsson was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2000 for ”his discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system”.

”I am very happy and proud to give name to an award that strengthens and celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship while paying attention to the importance of continuous skills development,” said Arvid Carlsson when the award was founded.

What does the prize consist of ?

In addition to honors and diplomas, the prize consists of a challenge prize as well as participation in an international conference including travel and accommodation. Lessons learned from the conference will be described afterwards in conjunction with a lecture for entrepreneurs and companies at Sahlgrenska Science Park.


The jury consists of the Board of Sahlgrenska Science Park which represents the business community, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Chalmers University of Technology, Västra Götaland Region, Business Region Gothenburg and Mölndal City.

Award ceremony

The prize is awarded in conjunction with Park Annual by Sahlgrenska Science Park.

Previous winners

See all winners of Arvid Carlsson Award here.

About Nobel Prize winner Arvid Carlsson

Arvid Carlsson, born 1923, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for ”discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system ” in 2000. Among other things, he studied the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. He shared the award with the Americans Paul Greengard and Eric R. Kandel. Arvid Carlsson’s research led to the recognition that Parkinson’s disease is caused by dopamine deficiency in some parts of the brain and subsequently to the production of Levodopa, an effective drug against this disease. Read more about Arvid Carlsson and the Nobel Prize here.