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NORDIC LIFE SCIENCE EDITOR IN CHIEF: MALIN OTMANI
ART DIRECTOR: ANNIKI SKEIDSVOLL EDÉN REPORTER: ELLEN R. DELISIO ENGLISH PROOFREADING: GAIL ADAM REPRO: LENA HOXTER COVER PHOTO: JENNY ÖHMAN PRINTED BY: ÅTTA.45 2021 PUBLISHING DIRECTOR: MATTIAS OLME PRODUCT MANAGER: ADAM RÅSBERG MARKETING & SALES: ANDRES VARGAS ANDRES@NORDICLIFESCIENCE.ORG +46 8 588 941 56 COPYRIGHT 2021 BY MEDIAVALUE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART WHITHOUT PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED. A MAGAZINE FROM MEDIAVALUE MV INFORMATION AB, KINDSTUGATAN 1 111 31 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN PHONE: +46 8 588 941 51 SUBSCRIPTION: ONE YEAR PRINT AND ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION: 1 990 SEK / 199 EUR / 219 USD 01. FOUR PRINTED ISSUES OF THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE 02. ALL ISSUES ONLINE, READABLE ON YOUR PREFERRED DEVICE 03. WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES FROM OUR NEWSLETTER NORDIC LIFE SCIENCE NEWS CALL: +46 8 588 941 52 OR SIGN UP AT: NORDICLIFESCIENCE.ORG since I started working at this magazine over ten years ago. The life science industry has made a lot of exciting advancements, including everything from new digital health technologies to major leaps in cell and gene therapy. All five Nordic countries’ have made exciting journeys and top their fields in several areas. PARTNERS: Nordic collaboration within life sciences has also advanced over the years, with examples like the Nordic Trial Alliance, the work of the Nordic Consortium for Life Sciences, the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden’s initiative to strengthen Nordic competitiveness and not least, the NLSDays event, which this year takes place after this magazine is released. Attending this event always gives me a feeling of the versatility and scope of the industry, and also the importance of crossborder collaborations, both within the Nordic region and globally. As an example of the versatility of the Nordic life science industry we have chosen to highlight five Nordic stars in this issue; five companies at different stages of development, with different focus areas, from different Nordic countries, representing the different strongholds that the region possesses. One of them, originating from research at the University of Lund, is ready to sell its first diagnostics test on the US market, and another, founded by two Icelandic medical doctors, aims to reduce healthcare strain and nudge people towards lasting lifestyle changes with its digital therapeutics innovations. A third company, springing from research at the University of Aarhus, develops a therapy for the complex and hard-to-treat autoimmune disease severe lupus, and a forth, originating from research at the University of Oulu, focuses on speeding up drug development and reducing the need for animal studies. The fifth company, originating from research at the University of Oslo, develops a solution to antibiotic resistance, one of the most severe global health challenges we are facing today. Take-away messages from these companies are that in order to succeed you need to build a strong team and that match-making the right competencies with each other is key. The same should apply to Nordic cross-border collaborations. If we match-make our strengths and team up in certain areas, such as clinical trials and health data, we will become stronger and more competitive globally. To achieve this we need environments where cross-border and interdisciplinary teams can be built to tackle problems that no team or country alone can solve. And, looking back upon what has been achieved during the last decade, the future looks very promising! MALIN OTMANI EDITOR IN CHIEF FOR DAILY UPDATES OF THE NORDIC LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY, VISIT: NORDICLIFESCIENCE.ORG.