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Empowering discovery. Advancing therapy.

Miltenyi Biotec plays an important role in the design, development, manufacture, and integration of products that empower the advancement of biomedical research and enable cell and gene therapy.

Scandinavia, with its numerous biotech companies and eminent institutes, is a hotspot for cutting-edge biomedical research. “The innovative Nordic region has brought forth highly interesting applications in the field of cell- and immunotherapy. These are exciting times and the exchange and discussion of novel concepts and technologies will help continue the transfer of research from bench to bedside,” Miltenyi Biotec Norden Country Manager Thomas Kjaer Mogensen states.

Offering solutions for every step of cell research

Founded in Germany in 1989, Miltenyi Biotec focusses on supporting the translational step from basic research to innovative cell and gene therapies. Over the years Miltenyi Biotec has grown from a small company with one product to a global company with over 14,000 products. Local support is crucial in order to provide expertise and technical assistance and a Nordic office therefore opened in Lund, Sweden, in 2012.

Miltenyi Biotec is based around the company’s magnetic cell separation method, MACS® Technology, which was patented in 1990. This technique laid the foundation for the company’s success. Cell separation using MACS Technology allows researchers to isolate any cell type and to create pools of viable cells with high purity and yield.With MACS Technology as its foundation, the company has grown to provide comprehensive solutions for sample preparation, cell separation, flow cytometry, cell sorting, cell culture and stimulation, cell therapy, cell manufacturing, and therapeutic apheresis. This increased complexity of the portfolio requires local expertise to offer adequate support in the transition towards new groundbreaking research and its application.

Dedicated to providing excellent support

“We are researchers working for researchers. With so many innovative products it is very important that we have a dedicated team who are familiar with the science behind the products and discuss benefits and challenges with other scientists,” says Thomas Kjaer Mogensen. “This is why we build our team around people with extensive research experience themselves; they understand the problems one might face in the lab and they understand how to overcome them. Many of our employees have a Ph.D. background or extensive know-how from the biotech industry and GMP regulations.”

The Nordic local Miltenyi Biotec office is based in the heart of the Medicon Valley region in the south of Sweden, in Lund. Finance, marketing, customer service, the country manager, and the local technical consultant are located in this office. A team consisting of technical consultants, clinical specialist, application specialist, and service engineer supports customers in the Nordic countries.

Fostering networks within the scientific community

Recently Miltenyi Biotec Norden arranged a scientific day in Lund, covering topics of cell therapy and single-cell applications. The goal was to foster interaction between academic researchers and industry representatives from both Sweden and Denmark. With 150 researchers meeting up from different fields it was a lively event with a lot of interesting presentations and interaction.

“It was exactly what we had been hoping for. We wanted to bridge the gap between Denmark’s and Sweden’s Life Science community, and we also wanted to create an open atmosphere where scientists can learn and get new ideas from each other. We invited top cell therapy researchers and the presentations demonstrated cutting-edge developments within this field. We are definitely continuing this initiative, so keep your eyes open for new events in 2019,” says Martin Schalén, Marketing Product Specialist at Miltenyi Biotec Norden.

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Supporting translational research for almost 30 years. Image Copyright: Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

 

Upper image: The illustration shows T cells attached to a tumor cell. Certain CD8+ T cells can specifically recognize tumor antigens on the cell surface and have the capacity to kill tumor cells directly. Copyright: Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

 


Meet your Miltenyi Biotec team:

The office is located in Lund, close to Kastrup airport:

Miltenyi Biotec Norden
Scheelevägen 17
22370 Lund
Sweden

Phone: +46 46 280 72 80
E-mail: macs@miltenyibiotec.se

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Getting to know Miltenyi Biotec Norden

Country manager Thomas Mogensen introduces himself.

 

Thomas Mogensen

Thomas Mogensen

A Dane coming back from the U.S. to work in Sweden for Miltenyi Biotec in the Nordics. Thomas Mogensen, country manager of Miltenyi Biotec Norden, gives his perspective on the innovative Nordic market, commuting over country borders and his manager role.

You worked in the USA for 7 years, what was your focus there?

Thomas: “I was in charge of establishing an entity of a small Danish Life Science company from scratch. Successfully, we established a direct relationship with top biotech companies in the U.S., especially within the cell therapy field.”

You decided to come back, why?

Thomas: “The original plan was to stay two years in California, and we ended up staying there for seven, but my wife and I were never in doubt that we wanted to come back home to Denmark with our daughter. We had some great years in the U.S. You learn a lot about yourself living in another country, but at some point we felt that it was the right time to come back.”

The Nordic countries are known for being innovative and at the forefront in many fields, what is it like to work in this innovative environment?

Thomas: “There are a lot of good ideas coming from the Nordics, with a lot of opportunities to form successful companies. We should be proud of the innovation in the Nordics and should not hesitate to emphasize that. I meet with a lot of smaller companies with limited funding and I am fascinated with the research climate and the ideas that are in the making. There is a huge potential.”

You joined Miltenyi Biotec in 2017. Why did you join this company?

Thomas: “I looked for innovative companies with great technologies. Miltenyi Biotec thinks differently in many aspects. For example, the automated manufacturing of cell products in a small GMP-compliant instrument really sparked my interest. I can´t think of any other company that stands out as much when talking about innovation and at the same time trying to help scientists and clinicians develop novel therapies.”

What is the best part of your job?

Thomas: “Working with people, both within our own organization but also in terms of meeting scientists and clinicians. I really want to create an open atmosphere where we have vivid discussions and come up with new ideas. So, the people are definitely number one to me. People should feel empowered in their position to try new things, something a little out of the box.”

How would you describe your leadership style as a country manager for Miltenyi Biotec Norden?

Thomas: “I am a team player. It is not me as a manager making Miltenyi Biotec Norden succeed, it is the people in the organization that are. I´m very excited about culture and passion, this is something that shines through any aspect, and that our customers will see and experience as well. If we feel comfortable, empowered and relaxed in the environment we are working, people will thrive and develop. I like passion and I am very driven by people. The curiosity of people, having an assignment and fulfilling it.”

Where do you see the most potential for Miltenyi Biotec to make a difference?

Thomas: “I am very pleased to see that Miltenyi Biotec is at the forefront of cell and gene therapy developments. With technological advances like our CliniMACS Prodigy® Instrument we can assist scientists and medical doctors in their daily work. I am very proud of working in a business that helps save lives and that is something we see already today. In the long run, a great ambition for Miltenyi Biotec is to have an even bigger impact on cancer research and treatment than we already have today and I think we will succeed in many ways with that objective.”

Being a Dane working in a Swedish office, what is it like to come in to work in the morning? A challenge?

Thomas (laughs): “I like challenges, and although the Nordics may seem to be one region with small differences, there are some differences between the countries. However, if you don´t take yourself too seriously and can tease each other a little bit based on the small differences it can bring something to the team as well. The workplace should be fun, challenging and developing.”


Quick questions with Thomas:

 

What is the most innovative thing about Miltenyi Biotec?

Thomas: “The people!”

And the most innovative product?

Thomas: “The CliniMACS Prodigy®.”

Sweden or Denmark?

Thomas (laughs): “I´m happy to be a Dane working in Sweden.”

Stockholm or Copenhagen?

Thomas: “In my opinion Stockholm is prettier, Copenhagen has more edge.”


Meet your Miltenyi Biotec team:

The office is located in Lund, close to Kastrup airport:

Miltenyi Biotec Norden
Scheelevägen 17
22370 Lund
Sweden

Phone: +46 46 280 72 80
E-mail: macs@miltenyibiotec.se

miltenyibiotec.se