Biopeople Newsletter 13 March 2019 - Biopeople
 
 
 

Biopeople Newsletter, 13 March 2019

 
 
 
 
 

Editorial: Leveraging Danish Life Science with a strong focus on innovation and collaboration

Editorial: Leveraging Danish Life Science with a strong focus on innovation and collaboration
 

By Per Spindler, Director, Biopeople

The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and the Ministry for Health see life science as an important position of strength in Denmark, and with a significant contribution to the Danish welfare system. The Danish life science sector has evolved over many years, and so has employment in the whole life science industry.

There seems to be a strong agreement, that Denmark shall cherish the life science sector, and secure its continued development. An important part of Danish life science is the underwood of entrepreneurial initiatives and new small companies, based on for instance new technologies, alternative indications of medicines and advanced therapies like for instance immune therapy. These important initiatives are constantly in the risk of falling into developmental or financial gaps. They do not always get proper funding and might have to survive through partnerships and smaller funds. However, some of the initiatives are climbing the steps in the developmental process and value chain.

The survival of those new initiatives is critical for the continued development of the life science sector, because they often offer novel approaches, which both existing national and international industry might depend on and benefit from. National funding have over the years helped some these initiatives pass critical gaps in the development process. Additionally, the opportunities to establish fruitful collaboration have helped smaller Danish companies to grow and create value.

 

 

 
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Welcome to our new colleague Rune Thomsen

Welcome to our new colleague Rune Thomsen
 

We are happy to welcome Rune Thomsen as our new cluster manager in Aarhus. Rune has a background as Molecular Biologist from the Dept. of Pathology, Aarhus University Hospital with the PhD dissertation: "RNA localization in Astrocytes". Rune will be supplementing our secretariat in Copenhagen, as part of the expansion of Biopeople and our national outreach.

 
 
 
 
 

Profile of the month : Mosspiration Biotech

Profile of the month : Mosspiration Biotech
 

The Fragrant Moss, or the use of moss as a fragrance producer was made as part of a research project between 2011 and 2014. The project was in part funded by Firmenich, as world leading fragrance producer. It lead a happy life in the petri-dishes until 2016 in different research projects, when the idea of the "Natural Air Freshener" was launched. Our hope is that at some point, we don't need unnatural air fresheners, but can use green living air fresheners with a fragrance, that we have designed.

 

 
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Upcoming events

Upcoming events
 

Tomorrow, 14 March - Enjoy a breakfast, and the entrepreneur Nicolaj Højer, who will give a talk about why co-founders are your first investors. It's at 08.00 in SCIENCE Innovation Hub, and a part of the Boost4Health coaching programme. We look forward to see you.

DASCS, 2 May 2019 - Visit The Danish Stem Cell Society Stem annual conference.

Danish IP Fair, 8 May 2019 - Save the date for this years IP Fair - The next big thing! Focus on bringing investors and early science together.

 
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Biopeople is Denmark’s Life Science Cluster. We are located at the University of Copenhagen, acting as a neutral catalyst for collaboration between private enterprise and public research. Biopeople is co-founded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Our cluster partnership comprises all major public and private research and educational institutions, a large number of private companies plus the Danish Medicines Agency. We create inspiring meeting places, facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and stimulate innovation. Biopeople has been awarded the Gold label for Cluster Management Excellence from the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis.

 
 
 
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