The Tobias Foundation:
Twenty Years of Building Hope
The Tobias Register established the same year today has over 40,000 registered potential donors estimated to cover a majority of all Swedes in need of a donor. To date, over 600 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 also provided 102 smaller grants to 51 researchers. However, since 2008, the foundation only supports research by creating positions for longer periods that require more substantial funding.
In collaboration with The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, three 5-year positions for senior academic researchers were granted 2004-2006.
In 2008, The Tobias Foundation, in collaboration with The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, awarded the first Tobias Prize, a 10 MSEK grant for research during a 5-year period and 0,1 MSEK in prize money. The recipient that year was Professor Katarina Le Blanc, the Karolinska Hospital. The 2009 Tobias prize was awarded to Professor Stefan Karlsson, University of Lund, and the 2011 Tobias Prize was awarded to Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge.
Donations and the yield on The Tobias Foundation’s capital finance all activitie.