Mån 6 dec / År 39 / Nr 4 2021

Life Science 2021

The task of developing the healthcare systems, technology and treatments of the future requires a much sharper focus on facilitating collaboration across borders. Not only geographical – but across disciplines as well. Gothenburg has a strong and growing Life Science cluster which deserves to be highlighted from a national point of view.

Strengthen Sweden as a leading nation in Life Science

Gothenburg is becoming a pioneer in terms of success and innovation, and not least new forms of collaboration within Life Science. New clusters are being built for collaboration, Bioventure Hub and GoCo Innovation City perhaps being the best known. Current investments are made to advance positions and to compete globally.

Petter Hartman, CEO of Medicon Valley Alliance in southern Sweden and Denmark.

Petter Hartman, CEO of Medicon Valley Alliance in southern Sweden and Denmark, is looking forward to extended collaborations between regions to strengthen the overall competitiveness. He explains;

“Here in our region, we view the ongoing development in Gothenburg very positively. It benefits us in our region as well. Gathering strength in Sweden, no matter where it takes place, is positive for everyone who works here. We also see increased opportunities for collaboration when other regions are moving up and becoming more internationally competitive”.

Petter Hartman underlines that the goal is to strengthen Sweden as a leading nation when it comes to Life Science and attract new investments. The next step is to bring in new investments and collaborations in the various regions. “We do not see our colleagues in Gothenburg as competitors”.

“Internationally, Sweden and Scandinavia make up a small region. That is why it is even more important that we work together to become stronger together. From Medicon Valley Alliance, we will invest much more in strengthening the Nordic ecosystem within Life Science and doing so together with other regions, primarily in Sweden and Denmark”.

There are many areas that can be strengthened and further developed through expanded collaborations. Some examples are exchanges of knowledge in research projects, development of new therapies and expanded collaborations between academic research and industry.

“Of course, we want to find new forms of collaboration outside the traditional image of what you can collaborate on. We also want to support development throughout Sweden so that more funding and new exciting projects find their way here”, Petter Hartman adds.

Within the Medicon Valley Alliance, which refers to the clusters in southern Sweden and parts of Denmark, there is already great success in building research consortia between academia and industry.

Petter Hartman is looking forward to Park Annual at GoCo this year, as well as the MVA Annual Meeting, scheduled for November this year. Both events will have a focus on competitiveness and how innovation clusters could help bridge the gap between industry and academia.