Microbiome Signature Project

Greater Copenhagen as a global centre for microbiome research

The Greater Copenhagen region, which spans Eastern Denmark and Southern Sweden, is home to 4.3 million inhabitants. With 42,000 employees in the life science industry and 7,000 university researchers spread across nine universities based in the region, Medicon Valley is the Nordic’s strongest life science cluster. This project seeks to build on the cluster’s strengths by positioning it as a global centre for microbiome research.

The human microbiome comprises of microorganisms (or microbiota) that live on and in humans. More specifically, it is the collection of microbial genomes that contribute to the broader genetic portrait of a human. Research in the microbiome is a relatively new interdisciplinary field that takes place across several established research fields, and has gained particular interest in recent years due to its links to a number of conditions, ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of cancer.

The project aims to strengthen entry into the Greater Copenhagen region’s research environment within microbiome research through enhancing collaboration and synergies cross border and cross disciplines. It will also seek to boost private investments in research and innovation, through establishing international research facilities and activities, as well as attracting talent to both publicly and privately funded research environments.

The project, financed by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, will run over three years (2019-2022), and is jointly led by Medicon Valley Alliance, Copenhagen Capacity and Invest in Skåne.

Swedish-Danish Microbiome EU-project – Press release:
In Danish
In Swedish

To stay updated with the progress of the project, visit the project webpage: www.mediconvalley.com/microbiome

To find out more about how MVA engages broadly within the field of microbiome through the MVA Microbiome Network, click here