'The doors to the future health landscape are open' – University of Copenhagen

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03 September 2015

'The doors to the future health landscape are open'

Health Axis Europe

On Thursday 27 August, the University of Copenhagen moved one step closer to a place among the health elite. The University has just signed an agreement to become part of the strategic alliance Health Axis Europe together with the biomedical clusters in Cambridge (England), Leuven (Belgium), Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Heidelberg (Germany).

If you ask Ulla Wewer, Dean at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, there is in no doubt in her mind that collaboration, knowledge sharing and common visions are the way forward if the University of Copenhagen is to conduct world-class research that generates innovation and growth.

– Strategic collaboration with other knowledge centres is essential to ensure that we are able to navigate successfully in the future health landscape. An active network with the other biomedical clusters enables us to quickly and easily exchange knowledge and draw on each other's core competences. This can benefit us at many levels, including in connection with applications for research funding, collaboration opportunities with the business community and attracting the best talents in the world. Today, we have signed an agreement which opens the doors across Europe to a more flexible and forward-looking approach to knowledge, growth and health innovation," says Ulla Wewer.

Health Axis Europe works to facilitate and coordinate EU-funded research and development collaboration. The alliance aims to support the education of talented researchers and to work with investments and venture initiatives across Europe. The agreement was signed in historical settings in the old University building at Nørregade by Thomas Bjørnholm, Prorector for Research and Innovation, together with the five representatives from the biomedical clusters.

Critical mass to be mobilised
One of the driving forces behind Health Axis Europe, Managing Director of BioRN Network in Heidelberg, Christian Tidona, acknowledges Ulla Wewer's visions.

– If the European health landscape is to stand out internationally and be competitive, it is crucial that we mobilise our top researchers to achieve a common goal. A strategic alliance elevates our joint competences to a higher level and increases our possibilities for attracting international top talents and for receiving important research funds and venture capital, says Christian Tidona and emphasises that trust is a decisive factor in any collaboration.

– It's important that we can use each other actively in our work, and that we share the same ambitious visions and approach to knowledge. This will give us an important say in future within research, health economics, health policy and society.

The next step for the alliance is to organise a meeting this autumn in order to establish a new strategy for the next five years.

Contact:

Dean Ulla Wewer via Head of Communications Anéh Christina Hajdu on +45 2122 2692 or at aneh.hajdu@sund.ku.dk

CEO Christian Tidona via Eva-Maria Gottmann on tel. + 49-6221-65456 0 or at eg@biorn.org