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Below you will find the latest news from MVA. You can also sign up to our newsletter MVA Update.

MVA Update is an electronic newsletter providing you with news about MVA and an overview of our events and other relevant events in Medicon Valley. You can also check out our calendar for more information about life science events in the region.

If you have any questions regarding our news section or media inquiries then please contact Helle Vastring, Senior Communications Manager or +45 24 65 69 16.

18 November
2014
Facts on the ground favor investments in biotech/Fakta taler for investeringer i biotek!

Based on among other things an analysis of American venture capital recently published in the publication “Nature Biotechnology”, Vice Chairman of the Board of MVA, Morten Sommer, and CEO of AntibioTx, Rasmus Toft-Kehler, argue that life science is on average actually more profitable than other technologies (Danish daily Børsen, 18th of November, p. 5 – in Danish only) – Read the article here.

12 November
2014
You can attract talent, but what to you do to make them stay?

This was the subject of CEO of Huffington Post, Jimmy Maymanns, presentation at the MVA Annual Meeting 2014 held last Thursday at Hilton Copenhagen. Read the interview published in Danish financial daily, Børsen, today. Børsen subscribers can read the article (in Danish) online here.

25 October
2014
Why is Boston the place to be for biotech start-ups and why should we care in Medicon Valley?

Read the article in Danish daily, Berlingske quoting among others MVA-ambassador in Massachusetts, Roger Frechette, who points out that Danish biotech companies need to have a presence on location to build business relationships and that is not easy to do remotely. (The article is in Danish). Read the article here.

28 September
2014
There is a need to realize the great potential for life science in the Oresund region

There is a need to realize the great potential for life science in the Oresund region. Read about the potential within life science, research, development and Medicon Valley Alliance’s work in the region Medicon Valley in today’s Berlingske (only in Danish). Read it here.

18 September
2014
Yesterday we had our first Tour de Medicon Valley

A great day with many interesting presentations. A day where partnerships grew and business cards switched pockets. Read about the day here.

16 September
2014
The latest issue of Affärstidningen Näringsliv is now printed

Read the article “Time to Unite” with CEO at MVA, Stig Jørgensen, here.

16 September
2014
Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets

– said Governor Patrick. “Thanks to the investments we are making and the relationships we are building, Massachusetts has become the global leader in the life sciences. We look forward to ongoing growth and a strengthened partnership as we continue to collaborate with Medicon Valley’s thriving life sciences cluster.” Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts visiting Medicon Valley this week. Read the governor´s press release in full

1 September
2014
Novo acquisitions in the billions will strengthen Danish life science!

“It is a great advantage for Denmark and Danish life science to have Novo anchored in this country”, says Stig Jørgensen, CEO, Medicon Valley Alliance. Read the interview with Medicon Valley Alliance, CEO Stig Jørsen, in today’s Danish daily Berlingske. Read more here.

18 June
2014
Mine sundhedsdata – guldgrube eller faldgrube?

MVA organized a debate about healthcare data at Folkemødet on June 13, 2014. View the photos here

30 April
2014
Japanese Foreign Minister visits Medicon Valley

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen received the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, on April 30 at the MVA office. Jørgensen provided the minister with a brief history of Medicon Valley and an overview of the cluster’s many strengths. View the photos here

23 April
2014
New Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of the MVA Board

Following our General Assembly yesterday, we are pleased to announce Eva Östling as our new Chairwoman of the Board and Professor Morten Sommer as our new Vice-Chairman of the Board. Read more here

16 December
2013
Opinion piece in Jyllands-posten about international talent

We must focus on creating world-class research environments to attract and retain talent. Read the opinion piece by MVA CEO Stig Jørgensen, the Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard and Professor Morten Sommer from the Technical University of Denmark in Jyllands-posten (16.12.13) or here.

3 December
2013
MVA Ambassador contributes to CBS report about pharmaceutical public-private partnering

MVA Ambassador Torsten Jepsen, responsible for the U.S. East Coast, played a key role in developing a new report by Copenhagen Business School (CBS), which examines the growing trend of pharmaceutical companies teaming up with universities to boost innovation and speed up drug discovery. Read more

29 November
2013
Minister: Cooperation between Denmark and Sweden develop

Morten Østergaard, the Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, was among the speakers at Medicon Valley Alliance’s Annual Meeting 28. November in Copenhagen. The Minister addressed how we can develop and attract talent and believes that cooperation between Denmark and Sweden will develop in the coming years. Read more

27 November 2013
Editorial about Danish biotech in Berlingske’s supplement on biotech

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen has written the editorial in Berlingske’s supplement on biotech (27.11.13). In it, he explains the vital role that the biotech industry plays more broadly within Danish life science. Read more

20 November 2013
Op-ed in Børsen about the need for a talent strategy in Denmark

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen wrote an op-ed, published in Børsen on 20.11.13, in which he called on the Danish government to set out a strategy for attracting and retaining talent. Read more (online subscription needed)

25 October
2013
MVA-project will link Danish and Swedish health data

Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA) has received 200.000 euro for a new project that will investigate how to combine Danish and Swedish data sources and health registries. The project, which is financed by the EU Interreg Programme, Region Skåne and the Capital Region of Denmark, will focus on data related to breast cancer. Read more

11 June
2013
Delegation visit from China

Party Secretary Mr. Luo Zhijun and his delegation from the Jiangsu Province in China visited Medicon Valley Alliance June 11. Read more

1 March
2013
MVA Facilitates ‘The Global Battle for Talent’

Novo Nordisk, AstraZeneca, Consortium for Global Talent, Lunds Universitet and ESS (EuropeanSpallationSource) were among the 90 life science representatives that participated in an essential debate of how to attract and retain life science talent at today’s Science Forum in MVA. Read more

28 January
2013
Rapidus: Camurus is “Company of the Year”

Headquartered in Lund, Sweden, Camurus provides innovative nanoscale drug-delivery systems. Camurus has just launched its first product to the U.S. and sublicensed another product to Novartis. Now Camurus has also been  appointed as “Company of the Year” by the Swedish newsagency Rapidus. Read more (in Swedish only)

20 December 2012
MVA Ambassador Program Expands to the U.S. West Coast and China

Companies and organizations in Medicon Valley now get their own Ambassador on the U.S. West Coast and in China. This is a result of Region Skåne and the Capital Region of Denmark demonstrating their strong support for the MVA Ambassador Program by a financial grant of DKK 14,4 million for the period 2013-2017. Read more

20 December 2012
MVA Ambassador Program Celebrates Anniversary

On 7 March 2013, the MVA Ambassador Program will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. The occasion will be marked with a celebratory festive, which will also highlight that the Program is entering a new phase with expansion and positioning of Ambassadors on the U.S. West Coast and in China. Read more

20 December 2012
MVA Ambassadors Will Visit Medicon Valley in February / March

Thomas Jonsson, MVA Ambassador responsible for Japan and South Korea, and Torsten Jepsen, MVA Ambassador responsible for East Coast North America, have just visited Medicon Valley with fully booked calendars meeting organizations in the region. The Ambassadors have a steadily growing number of assignments focusing on creating value to stakeholders in Medicon Valley. Read more

December
2012
Financial survey of unlisted biotech companies

For the third consecutive year, Medicon Valley Alliance has conducted a financial survey of the unlisted biotech companies in Medicon Valley. Overall, the 48 companies participating in the survey raised fresh capital totaling DKK 694 million in 2011. In addition to the financial circumstances of 2011, the analysis also focuses on the companies’ expectations in terms of their financial position this year (2012).

If you are interested in more data from the survey, please contact Head of Press, Claus Clausen, claus.clausen@mva.org or mobile + 45 2498 1668.

6 November 2012
Continued trust in the MVA Ambassador Program

Region Hovedstaden and Region Skåne demonstrate their strong support of the MVA Ambassador Program by a financial grant of DKK 14,4 millions for the period 2013-2017.

12 October
2012
MVA Offers Thor Möger Pedersen an Internship

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen offers Treasury Thor Möger Pedersen an internship at MVA guaranteeing the real-world work experience and insight into the tax-related issues of the life science industry that the Treasury seems to be lacking.

Read Stig Jørgensen’s debate commentary in the Danish Business Newspaper Børsen (12.10.2012) – in Danish.

17 October
2012
Stig Jørgensen: Public-private sectors must collaborate

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen recommends that the public and private sectors strenghten their collaboration in order to create strong and competitive environments for research and development. Read the chronicle in Berlingske Tidende 17.10.12

12 October
2012
MVA Offers Thor Möger Pedersen an Internship

MVA’s CEO Stig Jørgensen offers Treasury Thor Möger Pedersen an internship at MVA guaranteeing the real-world work experience and insight into the tax-related issues of the life science industry that the Treasury seems to be lacking.

Read Stig Jørgensen’s debate commentary in the Danish Business Newspaper Børsen (12.10.2012) – in Danish.

9 October
2012
Medicon Valley Establishes Strategic Collaboration with Japan

With a new collaboration agreement, Medicon Valley Alliance and Japan Bioindustry Association will aim to establish partnerships between the industry and universities. The agreement includes all aspects of research, development and production as well as commercialization.

Read the press release (10.10.2012).

The story has been published in Rapidus (10.10.2012), in Medwatch (11.10.2012) and in Sydsvenskan (11.10.2012)

9 October
2012
Medicon Valley cover story in New York Health Forum magazine

In the continuing effort to promote Medicon Valley abroad, Executive Vice President, Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz has written a cover story for the New York Health Forum magazine. Among other things, Charlotte highlights the unique interplay in biotech and life sciences that exist in Medicon Valley.

Read the cover story from Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz in New York Health Forum magazine – page 48 (09.10.2012)

20 September
2012
Clinical Research in Life Science Sweden – MVA Chronicle

According to LIF, the industry organization for pharmaceutical companies in Sweden, the number of clinical trials in Sweden have decreased by 48% since 2004. But Sweden has a competitive platform for clinical research and should be able to regain a leading position.

Read the chronicle from Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz, Executive Vice President of Medicon Valley Alliance (in Swedish) – published at Life Science Sweden (20.09.2012)

19 September
2012
Denmark needs a Strategy Focusing on Talent

Companies in Medicon Valley are critically dependent on the presence of talent.
But in order to attract talent we must improve a number of things including lower income tax, access to good international schools and willingness from all of us to integrate new talent in our own social network. Denmark needs a coordinated strategy focusing on talent.

Read Stig Jørgensen’s, CEO of MVA chronicle on the subject (in Danish) – published in Berlingske Tidende (19.09.2012)

17 September 2012
South Korea heads for Bio-top 7

A cocktail of economic growth, a rapid shift to a more Western lifestyle and a growing population that is getting older has made South Korea one of Asia’s fastest growing pharmaceutical markets. The Korean medical market with 50 million people is by now the 4th biggest in Asia and 15th in the world.

Despite the great potential there is still a relatively modest attention on South Korea from the Danish and Swedish life science companies in Medicon Valley. This was one of the conclusions at a seminar organized by Medicon Valley Alliance on IPR rules and issues in South Korea.

Read the full story.

22 July
2012
The Achilles heel of the National Health Care Service

In the past couple of years we’ve seen clinical research move from the west to the east and the BRIC countries where they are competitive in not only price, but also time and quality. We have the chance to counter this and gain a strong position within clinical research – but it requires an effort on our part.

Read Stig Jørgensen’s, CEO of MVA chronicle on the subject. Published in Berlingske Tidende (22.08.12).

12 July
2012
Life Science Players in Medicon Valley Need to Join Forces

Medicon Valley is facing increasing global competition and life science players in Medicon Valley need to find new smart ways to exploit the full potential of the region.

This is the one of the conclusions which can be derived from three recent reports:  “VINNOVA – Svensk Life Science industri efter AstraZenecas nedskärningar”, “ OECD Territorial Reviews – Skåne, Sweden, 2012” and ”Ernst & Young – Beyond borders: Global biotechnology report 2012”.

Read more of the conclusions and gain access to the reports.


21 June
2012
Medicon Valley and Massachusetts form Groundbreaking Agreement on Health Research

Leveraged by the Life Science Ambassador, Torsten Jepsen, Region Skåne, Region Zealand and The Capital Region of Denmark have now signed an agreement with Massachusetts, US, designed to strengthen and develop the collaboration between the two regions within life science.

The agreement is the first of its kind and will allow for enhanced research collaborations, exchange of researchers and students between Medicon Valley and Massachusetts, easier access to US research funds and enhanced business development in the Öresund region. Read the press release (in Danish).

For more information read the Medwatch (requires login) and Børsen (21 June 2012) coverage of the story.


21 June
2012
Pressure on the Biotech Business Model (In Danish)

A study by Danish Biotech shows that the main indicators, in order to attract venture capital, are global networks.

Read the article at Børsen 


20 June
2012
Heading For the Iceberg (In Danish)

CEO Stig Jørgensen argues that the Danish politicians have to develop a more sustainable strategy when it comes to attracting and maintain new talents within the medical industry.

Published in Berlingske Business


23 May
2012
Tomorrow’s Global Winners (In Danish)

CEO Stig Jørgensen argues that Ph.d educations are an important prerequisite if we want to be among tomorrow’s global winners.

Read the article at Berlingske 


20 May
2012
Sweden Aren’t Coming (In Danish)

CEO Stig Jørgensen claims that mental boarder barriers are among the biggest concerns when it comes to collaboration in the Øresund Region.

Read the article at Berlingske 


7 May
2012
Too Soon to Rule Out the Oresund Region (In Swedish)

Vice President Charlotte Ahlgreen discus how to overcome the cultural and national challenges that comes with collaborations in the Øresunds Region

Read the article at Sydsvenskan 


21 March
2012
Danish Innovation in the Tow Track (In Danish)

Denmark has one of the lowest innovation growth rates in Europe. CEO Stig Jørgensen encourages politicians to rethink their innovation strategeis.

 Read the article at Berlingske 


12 March
2012
Give Universities a Third Wheel (In Danish) 

CEO Stig Jørgensen suggests how to facilitate a more valuable relationship between Universities and business.

Printed in Børsen, mandag d. 12. marts 2012, page 2


5 February
2012
Danish Nanomedicin is Waiting for its Breakthrough (In Danish)

Business commentator Jens Christian Hansen demands more venture capital in the medical industry if we want to develop nanomedicine as a possible treatment for diseases like cancer.

Published in Berlingske Business


2 February
2012
Research and Profit Goes Hand in Hand (In Danish)

Medicon Valley is suffering from lack of venture capital which makes it difficult for the medical industry to expand. CEO Stig Jørgensen argues that we can solve the problem by looking at the business model overseas.

Read the article at Berlingske


30 January
2012
Nanotechnology shall be the Revolution of Cancer Treatment (In Danish)

Lack of venture capital in the US keeps new nanotechnology products away from the market.

Read the article at Berlingske


11 January
2012
Øresund Must be the Best (In Swedish)

A collaboration between Medicon Valley Alliance and Invest in Skåne has been established to create a more attractive research environment in the Medicon Valley region. 

Published in Dagens Industri