This year’s Nordic Life Science Days is scheduled for September 12-14 at the Malmö Convention Center in the Medicon Valley and promises more opportunities for networking, brainstorming and partnering than ever before.
Attendance has been growing since the conference started five years ago, nearly doubling from 600 in 2012 to 1 100 last year. In 2016, life science decision-makers came from 36 different countries, including between 400 and 500 from outside the Nordic region. This also will be the fifth year the Nordic Star Awards will be presented at the end of the conference, honoring three innovative life science companies in the Nordic region. NLSDays Managing Director Olivier Duchamp discussed the vision and goals for the conference, the agenda and enhanced networking activities.
What are the objectives of Nordic Life Science Days (NLSDays)?
“In 2012, we decided to create the first NLS Days, based on smaller companies not attending large international meetings; we thought together with SwedenBIO, the Swedish life science organization, we could do something to help these companies meet with others in the industry. The purpose was to create a networking platform by gathering the best of the Nordic life science community, so they could meet with a variety of business partners from abroad.”
What opportunities are available for networking and partnering?
“Everything is set up to facilitate networking. We are making it easy for people to meet face-to-face in a secure environment. There is an online platform, EBD Group partnering system PartneringONE, to help people set up meetings. The purpose is to create or follow-up on relationships. You can meet with investors, public agencies, or a big pharmaceutical company looking for new drugs Last year, there were 2 200 face-to-face meetings. There also will be informal networking receptions on- and off-site.”
What is new for NLSDays 2017?
“We will start half-a-day earlier and run two new sessions right before and during the welcome reception. One is the Startup Challenge @ NLSDays, in partnership with J&J Innovation, the second one will be the Academics Catwalk, allowing life science innovators to present during three-minute elevator pitches.”
What else is on this year’s schedule?
“We have a few major sessions on diabetes, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, immuno-oncology and digital health. We also will have contract research organizations (CROs) show how they are contributing to innovation in the life sciences and how they help small and big companies. Most other large sessions are focused on funding and investments. There also will be company presentations [about their projects] and workshops targeted to specific audiences.”
Why did you decide to move the conference to Malmö after four years in Stockholm?
“We wanted to make the conference more Nordic and we have the perfect place to move to. So far, the response has been better from Danish companies; more are signing up. We are also going to have a large reception in Copenhagen. We’ll be back in Stockholm next year, but after that, we should be in another Nordic capital.”