Europe’s largest biotech conference BIO-Europe will be held in Copenhagen and Malmö in 2018. A contributing factor to the decision was the strong Swedish-Danish cooperation between the private and public sectors. According to Novo Nordisk, one of the companies that has been involved in landing the conference, BIO-Europe will pave way both for export and investments, as well as fuel the international promotion and branding of the region.
Medicon Valley is the leading life science cluster with over 40'000 employees, which is the equivalent to 53% of the employees in the sector both in Denmark and Sweden, the cluster also has the highest number of patent applications. However, the competition from other regions is tough, both in terms of attracting investments and talents.
The news that BIO-Europe will be coming to Copenhagen and southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne, were therefor positively received amongst the stakeholders in the industry. Approximately 3600 participants from more than 1900 biotech companies are expected to attend the conference of which some parts will be located in the cities of Malmö and Lund.
"This is something we have been working on for some years so it is obviously very rewarding news." Says Ulrika Ringdahl, Business Area Manager for Materials and Life Sciences, Invest in Skåne.
"BIO-Europe is a prestigious event and a unique opportunity for the industry in Greater Copenhagen to show our strengths. Almost 75% of the attendees are decision makers for investments and co-operations in their respective companies. It makes the conference a marketplace and a showcase with the possibility to establish relationships, agreements and attract international talent. We already have a leading position in the biotech industry but we expect to BIO-Europe to promote our position in the region even further." Adds Søren Bregenholt, Corporate Vice President and Head of External Innovation and Stakeholder Relations at Novo Nordisk.
The partners behind BIO-Europe 2018, in addition to some of the region's companies, are Copenhagen Capacity, Invest in Skåne, Event in Skåne, Wonderful Copenhagen, Medicon Valley Alliance, Malmö Convention Bureau, the City of Malmö and Medeon.
Invest in Skåne is the official business promotion agency for the southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne. The company provides professional advice and services to international companies considering Skåne for future investment and assist regional companies in developing their international business.