2014 and ahead

2014 and ahead

21-12-2014

2014 became an exciting year for Biopeople and for what we stand for. We received a new grant for the coming four years from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. This has enabled us to continue our work to support Danish life science innovation based on a strong, continued focus on being the inspirational source within our four core competences: Facilitate Networks and Collaborations; and facilitate the development of competences and talent. Through these competences, we are able to make a difference to our cluster partners and companies.

To mention a few areas where we have proved to be successful:

The In2LifeScience voucher project, supported by Interreg IVB NWE funds, was a remarkable project. We have been able to facilitate 57 collaborations between Danish and international small and medium sized companies. These collaborations have in many cases led to further cooperation and applications for EU grants. The results are very satisfying and we are currently developing and applying for new voucher projects with international partners.

We focus strongly on SME’s and the collaboration between public and private partners, but also the very early phases of entrepreneurship have our attention. Together with REBBLS in Denmark, Karolinska Institutet and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, we will also in the future continue increasing the success and visibility of the first phase of Danish entrepreneurship within life sciences.

 

In 2014 we took up the challenge to focus on and help increasing the awareness on the Horizon 2020 SME instrument. This instrument is important for innovation in the EU member countries because SMEs may apply for funding related to the upcoming calls on their own, which means without having to find collaboration partners. Mostly the calls focus on biomarkers and personalized medicine, i.e. the hot topic of current medicines and diagnostics development. Biopeople follows this area closely and we are ready to help the Danish SMEs and entrepreneurs finding inspiration and networks as well as facilitating contacts to other relevant players nationally and internationally.

Our action plan for 2015 reflects that we continue our efforts to make people and institutions in Denmark benefit from each other’s knowledge, skills and experience – the Biotech Agora, which took place in October, will be repeated in 2015 for food ingredients, and our involvement in the European Patients Academy for Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI) will continue.

In the years ahead we will focus on our core competences even more, we will establish new ways of matchmaking and concepts of collaboration and business models. We keep striving to bring Denmark in front of Life Science innovation and our involvement reflects the needs of partners and companies.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Per Spindler

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