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The Tobias Foundation:

Twentytwo 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 40,000 registered potential donors estimated to cover a majority of all Swedes in need of a donor. To date, over 650 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 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. The 2014 Tobias Prize was awarded to Professor Sten Eirik Jacobsen, Karolinska Institutet Solna.

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