NLSDays 2016 in three minutes

The Nordic Life Science Days annually attract over a thousand delegates from around the world. On September 14-15 in Stockholm, more than 680 companies from 36 countries participated. Did you miss the meeting? Here is a quick overview.

US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji opened NLSDays 2016.
US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji opened NLSDays 2016.

US Ambassador to Sweden opened NLSDays 2016

The US Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, opened the meeting with a speech on relations, business opportunities and challenges. There was a strong emphasis on building partnerships and promoting growth and trade for both small and large businesses.

– We need platforms for cross-border cooperation between many actors in the life sciences,” said Azita Raji.

The Ambassador also linked to this year’s theme of the main program, Sustainable Healthcare, by mentioning some of the governmental efforts made in the US to accelerate the development of new treatments, such as the Cancer moonshot program. Watch an extract of Azita Raji’s speech below.

“The main theme of this conference is sustainable healthcare and key components in the program include the possibilities offered by preventive measures, digitalization, precision medicine concepts and breakthrough therapies as well as how to access capital for development. The United States is leading the development in several of these areas but there is certainly room for even more collaboration between the U.S. and the Nordics when it comes to developing novel ways to provide healthcare at an affordable cost.

Of the major trends in the U.S. health care system we are tracking the trend toward patient-centric care models which may present a major opportunity for life science companies and could affect the entire value chain from R&D through treatment delivery. As aging populations develop and the proliferation of chronic diseases drive demand for targeted therapies, life science companies from the United States and Sweden can work together to find a balance between innovation and efficiency.”

Anders Lönnberg, the government’s national coordinator for life science, also welcomed the delegates to the meeting. He talked about the rise of Nordic life sciences in recent years and the government initiatives in Sweden. He argued that two drivers will be key to developing sustainable healthcare: patient empowerment and digitalization.

Over 1,000 delegates from 680 companies gathered on 14-15 September in Stockholm.
Over 1,000 delegates from 680 companies gathered on 14-15 September in Stockholm.

Networking and business opportunities in focus

The Nordic Life Science Days annually attract over a thousand delegates from around the world. The core of the meeting is B2B partnering, i.e. short private meetings between investors, international companies and Nordic entrepreneurs. This year, more than 600 business opportunities were offered through the partnering system, and over 2,200 scheduled meetings took place.

On stage, sustainable healthcare was discussed

The theme of this year’s stage program was Sustainable Healthcare. It is about working together – business, academia and healthcare – to find new ways to address the challenges society faces with an ageing population and the rise of chronic diseases. The theme was highlighted through topic-specific sessions in areas such as oncology, Alzheimer’s disease and women’s health, but also through panel discussions on digitalization and new investment models for early stage companies.

Read more about Sustainable Healthcare in the inspirational brochure produced together with strategy consultancy Arthur D. Little: Welcome to NLSDays 2016.

NLSDAYS2016 Novo Seeds
Diana Muftic from Novo Seeds pitched what they want to invest in, along with six other international investors.

What’s hot in the eyes of international investors?

In one of the sessions on the main stage, seven international investors “pitched”. HealthCap, Sunstone, Aporia, Novo Seeds, Seventure Partners, Gilde Healthcare and Oberland Capital told us what they can offer and what they are looking for in their investments. Find out more about the speakers and what was said on stage through the conference Twitter feed at #NLSDays.

Three winners of the Nordic Stars Award 2016. From left: Hans Arwidsson, CEO, Eurocine Vaccines; Olav Flaten, CEO, AURA Biopharma; Tapio Mäntysalo, CEO, Ocuspecto.
Three winners of the Nordic Stars Award 2016. From left: Hans Arwidsson, CEO Euroline Vaccine, Olav Flaten, Chairman of AURA Biopharma, Tapio Mäntysalo, CEO Ocuspecto.

Three winners of the Nordic Stars Award 2016

AURA Biopharm, Eurocine Vaccines and Ocuspecto were this year’s winners of the Nordic Stars Award. The prize is awarded to three companies that demonstrate outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more about the winners in the SwedenBIO press release.

– At SwedenBIO we are proud to present the winners of the Nordic Stars Award 2016, who are each passionate about developing solutions for their respective patient groups. Innovations like these, developed with an impressive entrepreneurial spirit, contribute to sustainable healthcare, the theme of this year’s conference program,” says Jonas Ekstrand, CEO of SwedenBIO.

New record figures

Nordic Life Science Days continues to grow and as we now summarize the 2016 meeting we can conclude that:

  • The meeting was attended by 1 070 delegates
  • 36 countries were represented
  • Over 680 companies were present
  • There were more than 600 business opportunities presented in the partnering system.
  • There were more than 12,000 meeting requests in the partnering system.
  • More than 2 200 meetings were held

Nordic Life Science Days 2017 in Malmö-Copenhagen

Planning for NLSDays 2017, which will take place in Malmö and Copenhagen on September 12-14, is now underway. Do you have ideas or want to get involved? Contact Nicole Hanzon, Program Coordinator at nicole.hanzon@swedenbio.se.

Thank you to all partners, partner organizations, speakers and participants for a great NLSDays 2016!