Mån 24 jun / År 42 / Nr 3 2024

Medicon Valley- a Danish-Swedish stepping stone to Northern Europe

Medicon Valley has developed dramatically during its first 20 years. As documented in our recently published “State of Medicon Valley 2016” analysis, Medicon Valley has firmly established itself as the leading life science cluster in the Nordics by almost every relevant criterion.
As most 20-year-olds, Medicon Valley Alliance was established in 1997, we have appetite for more. Our next objective and explicit ambition is to develop the bi-national Medicon Valley cluster even further, embrace and strengthen collaboration with neighboring clusters and thereby help to build the leading life science cluster in all Northern Europe.

Optimism for getting EMA to Copenhagen
And speaking of Europe, the recently published Swiss KPMG-report analyzing the cities bidding for The European Medicines Agency set about to relocate from London following Brexit, gives room for substantial optimism. In the report, the Medicon Valley candidate, Copenhagen, ranks 2nd, second only to Paris and ahead of Stockholm, Amsterdam and Berlin, when it comes to a feasible location for this important EU-agency. And although the criteria used are not all strictly life science related, but also include general infrastructure etc., it indicates that when it comes to life science, we do have something special to offer. And the ranking doesn´t even consider the Swedish part of the region, as it is based only on national data. Adding the academic achievements and tradition of Lund University, the flourishing science parks in Malmö and Lund, and the new research facilities MAX IV and the European Spallation Source currently under construction, the Medicon Valley candidate, Copenhagen, would surely have surpassed even Paris.

So, with this point of departure there is every reason to be optimistic. If we put an effort into it, we can become the strongest life science cluster in Northern Europe and serve as a stepping stone to life science in not only Denmark and Sweden, but practically all of the Nordics.