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Life Science Director appointed at MAX IV Laboratory

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tomas Lundqvist has a long and prosperous career within structural biology and drug discovery and is from 1 January 2014 Life Science Director at MAX IV Laboratory.

- I am very happy and extremely proud for being given this chance to be part of the great team at MAX IV Laboratory, says Tomas Lundqvist.

- When the opportunity revealed itself there was no hesitation on my part. I have followed the laboratory over the years and I am very impressed with the results and the plans for the future. Being part of the future development and making use of my experience, both as a scientist and from within the life science industry, in making this unique and world leading facility even better is a great opportunity and I am eager to take on the work.

Tomas Lundqvist got his Ph.D. in molecular and structural biology at the Department of Molecular Biology at SLU in Uppsala, Sweden. After two post-doc periods, DuPont CR&D (Wilmington, USA) and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK) he returned to Sweden 1992 to set up the protein crystallography group at Pharmacia in Stockholm. He joined AstraZeneca in December 1996 to build a similar function at the research site in Mölndal. Since 2008 he has been Director in Discovery Sciences at AstraZeneca, a global function, supporting drug discovery projects particularly in the early phase. Tomas has over the years served as an industrial representative in various bodies related to the use and the strategic development of synchrotrons and other large-scale facilities; most lately as a member of the SAC for the European Spallation Source (ESS).

- Recruiting the expertise and experience that Tomas Lundqvist has is of crucial importance, says Christoph Quitmann, director of MAX IV Laboratory.

- Tomas is a person combining profound experience with a real vision for the future. He will be a key person enabling us to become a laboratory serving all of natural science and life science in particular. I am very happy to welcome him to Lund and to the MAX IV Laboratory team.


Tomas Lundqvist,, +46 708 467 688

Christoph Quitmann,, +46 766 323 314

Short facts on MAX IV Laboratory

On July 1, 2010 a joint national organization called the MAX IV Laboratory was formed. This organization includes two facilities: MAX IV, which is under construction and the existing MAX -lab.MAX IV Laboratory opened to users in 1987 (then known as MAX-lab).

Today, the laboratory consists of three so-called storage rings, the MAX I - III, which is in operation. At the same time the next-generation facility, MAX IV, is being built, based on new technologies and scientific theories developed at MAX-lab for decades. MAX IV will be the most modern synchrotron in the world and here scientists will be able to explore many different materials and substances more detailed than they had previously been able to do.

It provides the opportunity for new discoveries and new knowledge in many fields of research, such as in materials and life science, medicine, engineering and environmental research.Today nearly 1 000 scientists annually, from all over Sweden and internationally, conduct experiments in the laboratory. When the MAX IV is fully developed the facility can accommodate more than 2 000 researchers annually.

The MAX IV will consist of two storage rings, one large and one smaller. The large ring will have a circumference of 528 meters, i.e. same size as the Colosseum in Rome. The smaller ring will have a circumference of 96 meters. When fully developed, the MAX IV facility will accommodate 26 beamlines.

In the linear accelerator electrons are accelerated until they approach the speed of light. They are then inserted into the storage rings where their trajectory is bent, using magnets. At deflection the electrons emit synchrotron X-rays, which is an extremely intense light over a wide wavelength range. The light is guided out to research stations through dedicated beamlines and it is here that the experiments are being done.

Inauguration of the MAX IV facility is 21 June 2016, the brightest day of the year for the brightest light in the world.

MAX IV has several funders that contribute to different parts: The Swedish Research Council, Lund University, who is also the host university for the facility, VINNOVA, Region Skåne and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation are the largest. In addition to these also the following contributes: Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, The Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology, Stockholm University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University and Uppsala University.