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.
“Developing talents will also attract talents. Talented and skilled employees are our most important assets when it comes to creating growth and new jobs. That is also the case in the life sciences industry. I can only support the Medicon Valley Alliance ambitions that collaborating regionally will help us compete globally. International talent is mobile across the globe, and so is research and development”, said Morten Østergaard, the Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, at Medicon Valley Alliance’s Annual Meeting 28. November.
The Minister predicts a positive development for life sciences in Medicon Valley.
“I would like to give credit to the Medicon Valley Alliance for their continued focus on the cooperation between Denmark and Sweden. We have a close cooperation across the Sound in relation to research, education and innovation. But I believe and hope that this cooperation can be strengthened and developed in the coming years. There are several reasons why I believe that this cooperation will develop”, said Morten Østergaard and pointed to the establishment of European Spallation Source, ESS.
The location of the ESS in the Oresund region with laboratories and researchers on both sides of the Sound will have enormous impact on the entire region. And it will provide better opportunities for collaboration with researchers and universities on both sides of the Sound.
“Secondly, we have already gained a lot of valuable experience from working together in the context of European research programs – not least the Seventh Framework Programme. With Horizon 2020, the biggest research and innovation program in the history of Europe, there is a great stepping stone for even more cooperation. Thirdly, we will establish a major new innovation fund here in Denmark. Denmark’s Innovation Fund will have more power to engage in international cooperation than the previous smaller councils and foundations”, said Morten Østergaard.
Read the full speech here.