Creating opportunities

Building a successful life science cluster in Medicon Valley, the life science region and brand of Greater Copenhagen, is all about creating opportunities. Consequently, creating opportunities has been the tagline of Medicon Valley Alliance for years. To insiders it is obvious that the historically separate Danish and Swedish life science ecosystems can create more opportunities for successful life science innovation when working together.
The strengthened life science collaboration in the Medicon Valley region and our ability to actually build bi-national clusters of excellence within selected therapeutic areas proves this point every day. The most recent example is the Danish-Swedish public-private ReproUnion project which is contributing significantly to putting Medicon Valley on the global map when it comes to R&D and the treatment of involuntary childlessness. The regional strongholds within dermatology, diabetes and Central Nervous System (CNS) are well-established, and when it comes to for instance oncology, extremely promising research from a patient as well as a business perspective is growing out of the regions private and public sector laboratories. Private as well as public sector investments also have an increasingly regional dimension, which can be illustrated by for instance the number of Danish life science companies being listed in Sweden and the extensive joint investment in the European Spallation Source, which is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, and will have the Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) based in Copenhagen. At Medicon Valley Alliance we encourage such joint initiatives which will help place the region on the global life science map and attract cutting edge R&D groups from all over the world. We actively support and engage in the bi-national teamwork being done to attract scientific conferences to the region, and we are particularly happy to be able to welcome all interested companies, academia and hospital personnel to the Nordic Life Science Days 2017 in Malmø-Copenhagen next autumn.

An important general precondition for this Danish-Swedish cross-fertilization of life science R&D and innovation is the free movement of labour and talent. We need to be able to attract the best and the brightest scientist and engineers to sustain the clusters success and we need to ensure that everybody can settle down in one part of the region and work in another. The current, hopefully temporary, identity control at the border which causes substantial delays and de facto makes it increasingly difficult commute from Sweden to Copenhagen and back with public transportation, is a costly barrier to the realization of our ambition to become the most competitive and vital life science cluster in northern Europe.
In my view it is time to unite and call for solutions that don´t interfere significantly with the free flow of labour in the region. I think the regional life science industry deserves a voice in the matter. In terms of tax revenue, export earnings and the creation of jobs of the future, no other industry is contributing more to the building of our economies and the creation of wealth. Let´s continue to pave the way for success and create opportunities together!

Petter Hartman, CEO, Medicon Valley Alliance


Life Science SNL 2017-1 - Affärstidningen Näringsliv

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Creating opportunities

Building a successful life science cluster in Medicon Valley, the life science region and brand of Greater Copenhagen, is all about creating opportunities. Consequently, creating opportunities has been the tagline of Medicon Valley Alliance for years.

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