The Tobias Foundation: Twenty Four Years of Building Hope

The Tobias Foundation was established in 1992 with the purpose “to support the establishment of a Swedish bone marrow/stem cell registry and to support research concerning diseases that can be treated with bone marrow/stem cell transplantation”

The Tobias Register established the same year today has over 70,000 registered potential donors estimated to cover a majority of all Swedes in need of a donor. To date, some 800 bone marrow/stem cell transplantations have been performed involving a donor from The Tobias Register. More than half of the recipients have resided outside of Sweden, making The Tobias Register an important partner in the world.

In 2001 The Tobias Foundation granted a 15-year professorship in stem cell research to Professor Jonas Frisén, Karolinska Institutet. From its establishment through 2007, The Tobias Foundation has provided 102 smaller grants to 51 researchers.

The foundation has since 2008 concentrated its focus in favor of longer term research initiatives that require more substantial funding. A Tobias Prize, a 10 MSEK grant for research during a 5-year period and 0.1 MSEK in prize money was created. The recipients are selceted by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Tobias Prize has been awarded to:
2008 Professor Katarina Le Blanc, Karolinska University Hospital.
2009 Professor Stefan Karlsson, Lund University.
2011 Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet.
2014 Professor Sten Eirik Jacobsen,  Karolinska Institutet and
2016 Assistant Professor David Bryder, Lund University.

Press release Tobias Prize 2016 Lund researcher awarded for groundbreaking hematopoietic stem cell discoveries.

Katarina Le Blanc and H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria
Katarina Le Blanc and H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria

Donations and the yield on The Tobias Foundation’s capital finance all activities.

December 2016