Well Begun Is Half Done – but Only Half Done!

Life Science
When it comes to life science, the partners in the Danish-Swedish Medicon Valley region, Denmark and Sweden, are both well-positioned to become first class life science nations in the future.

Fighting Cancer through Technology Innovation

Life Science
Humans are now living longer than ever, and the natural lifespan is only expected to ­increase into the future. Cancer will become a growing threat to public health systems ­worldwide, and there is an urgent need for effective treatment solutions.

Denmark’s Stronghold in the Life Sciences

Life Science
Restructuring and growth set the tone for Danish and Swedish life science, particularly in the Medicon Valley region that crosses Øresund. In recent years, the supporting structure for the life sciences, which is both innovative and promotes exportation, has undergone important developments.

Is Denmark’s National Life Sciences Strategy Making a Difference?

Life Science
Hans Schambye was among the first members in Denmark’s “growth team” to offer suggestions for a ­national growth plan for the life science. Almost two years after the plan was announced, he has ­received both praise and criticism for the implementation efforts to date.

Copenhagen Capacity: Ambition Is to Make Greater Copenhagen a Global Hub for Microbiome Research

Life Science
A new three-year project seeks to establish Greater Copenhagen as a global leader and hub for research in the up-and-coming field of microbiomes.

Shifting the Paradigm of Birth Control: A Danish ­Start-Up Is Engineering Mucus at the Molecular Level

Life Science
Cirqle Biomedical is developing a contraceptive that promises to leverage the natural properties of the female body, without any negative side effects.

Agilent Technologies and Dako Denmark: A Shared Appetite for Innovation

Life Science
Agilent Technologies had built a strong appetite for acquiring Dako Denmark due to a strong ­cultural fit and leading focus on research and innovation. Now, Agilent Technologies is developing and ­commercialising leading Dako branded diagnostic solutions as part of its Diagnostics and Genomics Group.

Strong Ip Strategy Ensures Investor Capital for Danish Biotech Firm

Life Science
Danish entrepreneurs miss important funding opportunities if they lack a strong IP strategy. That is the key message from Plougmann Vingtoft — one of Scandinavia’s leading consulting firms within Intellectual Property Rights. Firms in the Life Science field operating without IP rights can have an especially hard time going to market, Plougmann Vingtoft says, which is why they should incorporate IP from the beginning, just as biotech pioneer Curasight did.

When Universities Turn Their Patents into Start-Ups Everybody Wins

Life Science
According to Marianne Thellersen, the senior vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at DTU, universities should feel an obligation to consider whether the knowledge that is generated in their academic departments can benefit individuals and societies. And start-ups are often the most viable way to ensure knowledge gets translated to practice.

Clinical Tests Are Based on Artificial Reality and Yield Suboptimal Results

Life Science
Clinical medical tests are developed in an artificial reality and can’t be effectively applied in the clinical setting, says Morten Sodemann. That’s why he’s encouraging doctors to swallow their pride and start researching alongside social- and human science professionals.

Biotech Advances by Finding Talent Who Can Walk through Walls

Life Science
As one of the most accomplished engineers in history, Robert Langer has spent most of his career in ­biotech – spinning companies out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This past November, he joined the Scientific Advisory Board of BioInnovation Institute.

Denmark’s Talent Pool Must Secure Positions of Strength in the Life Sciences

Life Science
Despite its industry stronghold and reputation throughout Europe, Denmark’s life sciences industry is ever-changing. This calls for dedicated efforts and strategic discussions on training and building the capacity of new talent, so that they can become tomorrow’s leaders in the field.

Merger of Danish Health Clusters Will Strengthen the Sector

Life Science
Five Danish Health Clusters will merge in to one National Health Cluster for Life Sciences and Welfare ­Technology. The new organisation must strengthen collaboration between businesses, universities and health care providers on innovative products and solutions to ensure growth, export and better health care for all.

Danish Life Science: Up-and-Comers Are Finding Success on Swedish Stock Exchange

Life Science
Several Danish life ­science ­companies have taken to ­Sweden’s Spotlight Stock ­Market to raise capital for their ­developments. Here, investors are more willing to bet on ­­­smaller- growth companies – propelling ­business innovations forward.

Infertility Can Be Solved by Tech, but Not in the Way You Think

Life Science
Exseed Health is helping couples to win their fight with infertility through a medical device that enables at home sperm testing. It has the further advantage of nudging users to make lifestyle changes.

Speed ​​is Becoming a new Barometer within the ­Heavily Regulated and Conservative Pharma Industry

Life Science
In the past they hunted the ideas themselves, now colleagues are proactively proposing innovative use ­cases for LEO Pharma's R&D department as they see the value of technology innovation.

Getting Products to Market: How Life Science Start-ups Can Harness Intellectual Property Strategies

Life Science
It often takes very large and very long-term investments to develop products in the life science industry. Intellectual property rights (IPR) are critical to securing investments and getting products to market.

Immunotherapy Is Fast Becoming a Major Treatment of Cancer

Life Science
Over the past 10 years there have been major advances in immunotherapy. Although still in the early stages of development, it is quickly becoming one of the most significant forms of therapy to treat cancer. Given the huge potential of immunotherapy, Big Pharma and biotech are heavily invested in R&D, tracing the next breakthrough.

Combining Strongholds Will Carry Denmark’s Life Sciences Forward

Life Science
The field of life sciences is in a state of constant development. However, ­according to Morten Sommer – who leads a laboratory at the Novo Nordisk Center for Bio-sustainability at DTU – Denmark shouldn’t strive to invent the wheel anew. Rather, we should build upon our strong foundation.

“We Want to Become a European Innovation Hub within the Life Sciences”

Life Science
BioInnovation Institute is poised to become the epicentre for ­entrepreneurial scientists within the life science sphere. This is all the more promising considering one of their first start-ups just closed a Series-A investment round of 20 million euro.

Denmark Has the Best Health Data in the World, We Just Have a Hard Time Using It

Life Science
Over the past five decades, the massive dataset collected by the ­Danish healthcare system has become extremely valuable. But ­researchers, companies, and clinicians require an easier entrypoint to access data for patients and society at large to reap its benefits.

Stronger Collaboration Only Way Forward for Danish ­Health Sector

Life Science
The Danish health sector lags behind that of many other ­countries in its application of advances in personal health and artificial ­intelligence (AI) technology solutions. “In order to address this gap, our hospitals, universities, and companies need to work together ­towards one clear vision to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the healthcare system in Denmark”, says Peder Jest, Medical Director at Odense University Hospital.

New Tools Improve Patients’ Ability to Take Control of Own Treatment

Life Science
As a result of the technical evolution, patients with chronical diseases will be able to improve their ­disease management. New digital health solutions and related apps will provide new opportunities for patients and health care professionals.

The Next Life Science Successes Are Being Waylaid by Funding Constraints

Life Science
Although the Danish life science ecosystem produces a wealth of viable product ideas, there is a huge disproportion between the possibilities and the capital available to convert them into reality.

Academic Spinout Pushes New Diabetes Treatment to the Clinic

Life Science
The scientist-driven start-up, Pancryos is working on getting important cell therapy discoveries out to patients who have Type 1 diabetes.

New Assessment Council Promises to Foster ­Holistic Procurement and Strengthen Innovations

Life Science
The new Danish Health Technology Assessment Council must assess whether the cost of new treatments and health technologies is in line with their potential impact and reach.

CRISPR Technology: Assassinating Superbugs and Creating a New Paradigm

Life Science
The Danish start-up SNIPRBiome used CRISPR technology to kill seemingly untreatable ­bacterial ­infections with surgical precision. And that is just the first use case of the comprehensive, ­patent-­fueled platform they’re building.

“Denmark Will Not See a New Novo Nordisk”

Life Science
The life science industry is seeing a paradigm shift, where newly established production companies are no longer taking the traditional approach. Instead of insisting on creating Danish jobs, we must create success on our own terms.

Start-Up for Transplant Treatments Has Set Its Sight on Billion-Dollar Market

Life Science
Synklino is developing an innovative drug to combat a virus that ­afflicts patients who receive organ and stem cell transplants. A recent investment from the BioInnovation Institute is moving the start-up from the discovery phase into development.

Smart, Profitable Start-ups Are Growing in SmiLe’s Winning Community

Life Science
There are names making news, like Cantargia and SAGA Diagnostics in cancer therapy, Gedea Biotech in microbial resistance and Speximo with green-wave cosmetics. These represent SmiLe Incubator’s focus on results and expertise in Lund, Sweden.

It Takes an Ecosystem to Build a Successful Life Science Company

Life Science
COBIS, the hub for 120 research-based biotech and life science start-ups, offers the ideal framework to foster Denmark's next successful business.

Longboat Amniotics takes the Next Step in Cell Therapy

Life Science
The Swedish company, Longboat Amniotics sees great potential in the mesenchymal stem cells derived from amniotic fluid. Their planned clinical trials in 2020 may lead to a break-through in the future of cell therapy.

Daiichi Sankyo Builds up a Strong Nordic Presence

Life Science
Japanese pharmaceutical company, Daiichi Sankyo was drawn to Denmark and the Nordics’ life sciences ecosystem. Now they’re a thriving part of the scientific environment.

Denmark’s Life Science Cluster Invites to Collaboration

Life Science
As part of the Danish innovation infrastructure, the national innovation network Biopeople has operated since 2005 from universities and university hospitals in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg.

Oncology Research Is Done in Vain If It's Not Transferred to Patients

Life Science
Armed with a wealth of research and teaching experience in oncology, Nils Brünner is now taking his third company to the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
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