The Myfab network was established by Chalmers, KTH and Uppsala University in 2004 in order to achieve networking benefits for researchers and companies on a national and international level. The motivation for Myfab was to avoid duplication of expensive equipment, to provide local and open access to the whole network, to apply harmonized user fees, instrument classes as well as back-up standard processes enabling cross-diciplinary synergies.
During these five years, the Myfab labs have all moved in the direction towards these goals, which by necessity has involved all parts of the organizations. Myfab is now at the end of its second financing period 2007 – 2009. During this period we have carried out some 20 projects to establish the network thoroughly. Myfab is today recognized as a national research infrastructure by the Scientific Council (VR), and as such, also mentioned as important for the strategic efforts launched by the Swedish government in the fields of Material Science, Nanoscience and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The usage of the network has increased heavily during the period, and now we have more than 500 active users and more than 130 companies using the network during the passed years. The resources within the network is easy assessed through our own Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) where more than 500 tools are made available.
With this background, the future ambition is to further strengthen the network by advancing our position on a European and international arena, as well as to continue to bring together the best resources available in Sweden for microtechnology and nanoscience, in order to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness on a long term basis.