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06 April 2017

Clear Recommendation from Growth Team: More Support for Research

Life science

Last week three ministers and the Government’s Growth Team for Life Science have visited the Maersk Tower at SUND. In the presence of the Danish press the Growth Team presented its 17 recommendations to how Denmark can further develop its position of strength within life science and create more growth.


It will require more resources for research to place Denmark among the world elite within life science, said the Government’s Growth Team for Life Science when it presented its recommendations for how Denmark can generate growth within the area at SUND’s new research beacon, the Maersk Tower. Chair of the Growth Team, President and CEO of Lundbeck A/S Kaare Schultz, presented the 17 recommendations to an audience of public and private partners, who were subsequently invited to discuss the recommendations. Kaare Schultz emphasised that more, better and targeted research is vital for securing Denmark a position in the global competition and that more resources must be allocated to research.

’I am happy that the Growth Team recognises the universities’ role and stresses that research and education are a main part of the food chain that propels Danish life science. I hope the recommendations will increase the incentive to invest in research and a lot more constructive collaboration on both research and education across public parties and the industry’, says Dean at SUND Ulla Wewer.

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Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind, Acting Minister for Health Karen Ellemann and Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen participated in the meeting. They all agreed that the recommendations represent vital input to how Denmark should cultivate and conduct life science activities in the future to secure growth, innovation and development. Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind underlined the importance of gaining a frontline position, and Acting Minister for Health Karen Ellemann emphasised Denmark’s strong clinical research as an example of well-established collaboration.

The Government’s Growth Team for Life Science was appointed in 2016 and tasked with producing recommendations for how Denmark can create growth within innovative treatment, research and export. Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen concluded the day by announcing that the Government will launch a growth strategy for this area in the fall.