Medical Valley Alliance has commissioned and recently published the first comprehensive mapping of the Medicon Valley life science cluster. The analysis has been prepared by Øresundsinstituttet.
The reason for doing so is threefold. Firstly, we need to know the facts and get overview of the cluster in order to identify strongholds, shortcomings and positive and negative trends and challenges that affect the regional life science eco-system. Secondly, we need to make sure that private as well as public sector decisions-makers in both Sweden and Denmark have a thorough understanding of the nature of the eco-system, the benefits it brings and the necessary preconditions for its continued development. Thirdly, we need to be able to showcase the life science cluster of Greater Copenhagen convincingly internationally, in order to attract talent, new business and – perhaps – even an institution such as the European Medicines Agency currently located in London, but scheduled to relocate because of Brexit.
The analysis itself highlights some interesting facts. Did you for instance know that;
“In the past 10-15 years, Medicon Valley has grown to be by far the strongest Nordic life science cluster employing 35700 persons or 53 % of the total number of employees in the life science industry in Denmark and Sweden”
“22 billion Swedish crowns are being invested in the two facilities for material research ESS and MAX IV in Lund”
“Denmark is the fourth largest exporter of life science products per capita, while Sweden is the tenth largest, and both countries have USA, Germany and China as their primary export markets, in that order”
“10,4 % is the annual growth in Danish life science export from 2008-2015. Swedish exports has grown 2.6 % annually”
“Medicon Valley filed more than twice as many patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO) within medical or veterinary science then the competing Stockholm-Uppsala region. Novozymes and Novo Nordisk are among the top-25 applicants to EPO”
“There are more than 3000 international students studying life science programs in Medicon Valley of which approximately a third are studying in Skåne”
Download the free analysis from www.mva.org. A limited number of copies can also be picked up from our office at Arne Jacobsens Allé 17, 2., 2300 Copenhagen S.
By David Munis Zepernick, Head of communication and Public Affairs, Medicon valley Alliance