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Norway: A rising life science nation

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Large investments in biotech and prominent research in cancer and neuroscience are making Norway a life science force to be reckoned with.

Its beautiful long coastline has given Norway a blossoming fishing industry and successful developments in marine biotechnology and aquaculture. The rich resources of oil and gas have to a large part provided Norway with one of the highest standards of living in the world. The country is now making use of the collective knowledge and innovations from these traditional industries to further advance its life science industry and medical research fields.

“A lot of the science and innovations in the oil and gas industry, as well as the aquaculture and fishing business come from institutions, as well as knowledge and instruments that are highly relevant for the health and biomed sector. Over the years we have built a strong research and innovation system within these fields with a combination of private and public actors – this gives us learning of relevance for the health sector. The aim is now to create a strong position within life science,” says Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of Innovation at the Research Council of Norway.

Norway has traditionally not …

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