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Date:18 Jun

MVA R&D Network webinar – June 2020

Welcome to the first webinar for the Medicon Valley Alliance R&D Network!

You can now access the recording of this event by clicking this link. The presentations of the speakers are accessible in the programme below.

Connecting the R&D of auto-immune disease therapies – starting from the type 1 diabetes perspective

Over a long period of time, the Øresund region has built up strong and internationally recognised competencies within the fields of screening, genetics and immunology in type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. The coupling between type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases contains an immense potential for the development of new drugs and therapies. This meeting will give an insight in some of the coordinating and individual R&D efforts that are existing in Medicon Valley today in the field of type 1 diabetes and the bridges to other auto-immune diseases. 

Until we can meet in large groups, we have decided to bring the possibility to share experiences in a shorter webinar format in stead of our regular networking meetings.


18 June, 2020




MVA R&D Network




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The MVA R&D Network
The Medicon Valley Alliance R&D Network is a professional and social network for C-level R&D executives (CSOs, CMOs, VPs), university professors and PIs, and top-level managers in the hospital sector.The network focuses on sharing best practice and experiences, as well as discussing current challenges for industry-academia collaboration and the commercialization of R&D in the Medicon Valley region, such as how we can strengthen collaboration and knowledge-sharing between academia and industry to stimulate start-up, scale-up, commercialization and growth and wat is required to turn great science into successful innovations.

Joining the network is free of charge but is limited to Medicon Valley Alliance members. However, non-member organizations and companies are welcome to attend one network event to evaluate if joining the network is relevant. If so, becoming a member of Medicon Valley Alliance will automatically allow you to join the R&D network.


Moderator: Sophie Labrosse, Medicon Valley Alliance


Webinar platform open for connecting participants


Welcome by Petter Hartman, CEO, Medicon Valley Alliance


Joining forces for novel treatments for type 1 diabetes
Finn Kristensen, Project Manager DiaUnion, Medicon Valley Alliance  

DiaUnion presentation


Steno Diabetes Centres – a Danish Public Private Partnership 
Jannik Hilsted, SVP Patient Care and Chief Medical Officer, Novo Nordisk Fonden 

Jannik Hilsted Presentation


Dissecting the etiology of type 1 diabetes and associated celiac and thyroid diseases
Åke Lernmark, Senior Professor and Principal Investigator, Diabetes and Celiac Unit at Lund University

Ake Lernmark Presentation


The state of R&D in Medicon Valley – 2 pitches 

Adam Steensberg, EVP R&D and Chief Medical Officer, Zealand Pharma 

Jan Alenfall, CEO, Follicum

Follicum Presentation



Jeannette Söderberg, Associate Director European Research, JDRF



Final Q&A and conclusions

Deadline for registration is June 15, 2020 at noon.

For more information please contact Sophie Labrosse at