Success for Nordic presence at BIO Convention!

More than 80 Nordic companies are showcasing our unique life science strengths at the world´s largest life science convention, currently taking place in Philadelphia, US. With a united pavilion, a common brand and a pan-Nordic evening reception bringing together the Nordic-American executive community, SwedenBIO and its fellow Nordic organizations are gaining the world´s attention to our USP as a competitive life science region.

For this year´s conference, the Nordic countries were for the first time jointly branded as The Nordics – Global Hub for Life Science Innovation, with our value proposition to international companies and investors packaged in one set of messages, building upon common denominators.

– By joining forces with our neighboring countries, we believe that we can be even more successful in attracting intelligent capital and business to business collaborations to our life science sector. This is imperative for the continuous growth of Swedish life science, says director general Jonas Ekstrand, SwedenBIO´s representative in the consortium.

The number of Nordic companies attending the convention is record high, underlining the necessity of an international visibility as voiced by Ekstrand.

And the effort has paid off.

– The interest that the Nordics is attaining at these types of international platforms has increased, says Olivier Duchamp, vice president of SwedenBIO’s international business promotion division, confirming that the efforts deployed for creating and growing the Nordic Life Science Days conference are fruitful, useful and must be continued.

The Nordic-American community was gathered at the evening reception on June4th. Together, over hundred delegates were welcomed by Ulf Åkerblom, Swedish Honorary Consul in Philadelphia and Roger Franklin, Partner at Hadean Ventures.

Christopher Leo, Senior Vice President at Back Bay Life Science Advisors, made an address on why the Nordics is such a good fit for their company:

– It´s about the people. Working with Nordic companies is characterized by strong relationships, it´s a very collaborative and collegial environment combined with a strong science base.

For more information, contact Jonas Ekstrand, Director General SwedenBIO at +46 (0) 70 302 08 96 or

About the Nordic Life Science participation at BIO 2019:

In a joint effort, all Nordic countries are showcasing the region’s life science internationally at BIO 2019 in Philadelphia. The consortium consists of: Innovation Norway, Healthcare Denmark, SwedenBIO, Business Sweden, Promote Iceland and Business Finland. Behind the pavilion are also: Invest in Skåne, Business Region Göteborg and Invest Stockholm. The joint Nordic messages were developed with co-funding from Swelife.

More material:

Catalouge of Nordic life science companies

List of more than 80 life science companies from the Nordics present at BIO in Philadelphia, June 2019

The Nordics – a perfect setting for partnerships and investments

For the 2019 BIO conference, the Nordic consortium has stepped up the ambition on communication, developing a new set of messages with co-funding from Swelife to promote each country individually as well as in a joint Nordic value proposition.

SwedenBIO, the trade association for the Swedish life science sector has more than 260 members operating across all sub-sectors from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology to diagnostics. SwedenBIO serves to the benefit the entire life science industry in Sweden and is a member-driven, private, non-profit organization. The main objective is to contribute to improving the conditions for the life science industry for the benefit of industry growth and business development. Sweden’s life science industry accounts for 20% of Sweden’s net exports.