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Great sucess at bringing Life Science together for Gala dinner!

On Wednesday 11th October at Operaterrassen in Stockholm saw the gathering of 50 top influencers in the Life Science Sector for a VIP gala dinner.


The evening started off with networking so that guests could meet people who they already knew but also make new connections as well.

Our guest of honour for the evening was Jan-Olof Jacke who is the president of AstraZeneca AB thought it was a great idea to celebrate the life science sector as we don’t do this enough, he also said that big data is going to be a challange with the digitalisation world that the life science sector is currently going through.

He and AstraZeneca are really championing openess but this also needs infrastructure which is already set up in the form of the Astrazeneca bioventurehub in Molndal, Sweden, the people who are there have the exact same access as the employed people of AstraZeneca.

One of the partners table busy networking over dinner.

 

We also heard from Kerstin Jacobsson about the exciting new office complex which is being currently being built at Medicon Village and will house 600 additional people this will open in December 2018.

We would like to thank everyone for making this such a great event.

LucyJRobertshaw looking forward to Life Science Gala Dinner in Stockholm

 

 

 

 

On 11th October the life science sector will join together in Stockholm for the evening for the Life Science Gala Dinner, we have 50 attendees confirmed for dinner.

Our Key-note speaker is Jan-Olof Jacke from AstraZeneca and very much looking forward to listening to his thoughts about the future for AstraZeneca in Sweden.

We have 5 partners who are hosting tables:

Sprint Bioscience

APL

AstraZeneca

Aptuit

Cobra Biologics

Really looking forward to attending this years NLS Days in Malmö!

Having attended the past 3 years of the NLS days in Stockholm, this year the event is being held in the heart of Medicon Valley and will be atteneded by a number of other countries as well.

I will be representing Pharma Publications in my role as editor of the International Pharmacetical Industry magazine, I have already started to request partnering meetings which I feel is really a important part of the event so its never to early to start.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Great to be presenting at Anglo Nordic on the Nordic Overview for Life Sciences in London!

 

Lucy Robertshaw will be the chair for the afternoon session of the Biotech Investment Programme at the Anglo Nordic Life Science Confernece in London on Wednesday 31st May.

Biotech Investment Programme

She will also be presenting the Nordic Overview for Life Sciences where it will be presented the events which should not be missed in 2017 being held in Sweden.

LucyJRobertshaw have been the proud co-organisers of the event and have been in attendance for the past 3 years.

Future of Swedish and Danish Life Science event brought together a range of minds

I once again for the 3rd year moderated the Future of Swedish and Danish Life Science at Medicon Village which is in the heart of Medicon Valley and we had a a great time.

 

New connections were made yesterday when a wide range of people were brought together at the sixth annual international networking forum, The Future of Swedish and Danish life science. Medicon Village joined forces with Kemivärlden Biotech/Journal of Chemistry and Biotechnology and Medicon Valley Alliance to organize the forum.

And they targeted decision makers in the pharma, biotech, medtech and health care sectors, persons from research and development in both industry and academia, along with investors, authorities and politicians. A wide range of participants pointed out the great value in meeting face to face.

– I´m here to be inspired by how I can bridge my public health degree with the pharma industry. This event is bringing many actors together in one spot, where we are able to meet face to face, says Keeva Duffey, mph-student at Lund University.

Some 35 exhibitors and nearly 520 participants engaged in conversations. And they had ample opportunities to make new connections or to touch base on a more informal basis during the frequent coffee breaks.

– We think it´s very interesting and fun to take part and see what´s happening in the world of life science, in particular in this region. Our niche lies within the life sciences, and here we have a big opportunity to meet both clients and potential candidates, Eva Runnerström, recruitment consultant at PeakSearch, points out.

Also a delegate of ten collaboration partners from the U.K keeps Sweden and Denmark on the radar.

– The purpose of coming here is about connections. It´s connections not only in terms of raising our profile here and seeking new clients, but it´s actually new expertise, says Greer Deal, director at GRS® and continues. Who have you got locally, who we can work with, who we can collaborate with? We can bring all that expertise together to provide a holistic solution to our clients in the global life science sector.

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Stockholm Corporate Finance Life Science Seminar 2017

I attended this years Stockholm Corporate Finance Life Science Seminar which is run every year and this is my 3rd year of attending.

Translated from Swedish Financial Hearings.com newsletter. 

More than 400 people participated in the Stockholm Corporate Finance Ninth Life Science seminar held on 21 and 22 March in cooperation with us at Financial Hearings and the news agency Direct. There were 16 companies that presented. These corresponding to a total market value of approximately SEK 15 billion. Investor Interest in Life Science sector continues to increase among both institutions, asset managers and private equity investors.

SCFs CEO Peter Enstrom began by informing about the present, 16 companies are an important part of the Swedish Life Science industry. Many companies are relatively small and are working under difficult financial circumstances, but their research, which in recent years has become increasingly sophisticated, will change many people’s health and lives. “Research with the support of venture capital is a necessity today to get a broad and vigorous Swedish Life Science industry to compete in the international market with the goal of becoming a world leader.”


Moderator during the day was a financial journalist Lars Frick. The companies that presented themselves were;

Addlife, Bactiguard, Camurus, Dignitana US Inc, Hansa Medical, index Pharma, IRLAB, Karolinska Development, MedCap, Medivir Pharma Moberg, Oasmia Pharmaceutical, Orexo, Redwood Pharma SciBase, and Wnt Reserarch.

 

 

(You certainly are still) Welcome to the UK, Stockholm 2017

Yesterday evening I attended for the 3rd year a event that is run by The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London a event that was called (Are you still) welcome to the UK? of course talking about the Brexit situation.

This started off by The British Ambassador to Sweden David Cairns who said that the UK had a great opportunity to create closer relationships with the rest of the world following the announcement of Brexit plus that he hopes that business will not be affected by this plus the country is very welcoming and gave a “varmt välkommen” to everyone in Swedish.

This was then closely followed on by James Savage, Co-founder of The Local which is a written online newspaper for English written news and he went onto say that Brexit has caused huge issues with the question over immigration, here is Sweden the application for Swedish citizenship tripled after the announcement. He also mentioned the price for difference in applications in different member states will also make it harder for people to stay in the countries they currently reside.

 

 

Stefan Backlund a year ago decided to set up a office in London due to this being the number financial place in the world, to set up Trustly that is a fin tech online banking payment solution which they have has a really positive time by now employing 6 people and looking to take another 20/25 people.

Everyone since the announcement seems to have also become experts at trying to make sense of what the future 2 years will look like with the separation from the UK, Garvan Walsh from Brexit Analytics commented that he feels that the UK market is now an emerging market which in one way of another probably is the case.

What I am personally astounded by is that the previous Prime Minister lead us to a referendum and there was no clear plan in place that should the yes we want the UK to leave the European Union there would not be a time as such that everyone is left in the dark or not so, social media today comments on every possible angle of the good, bad plus ugly information that is said.

I think that this has left the brand of the UK in complete confusion on where the question on everyone minds in business, is this a country that we want to do business with or set up a business on the soil of the UK. I also really wonder what people would be talking about had this not actually happened?

 

Great to showcase Swedish companies in London at BioWednesday

On Wednesday 1st February, One Nucleus had their monthly BioWednesday where for the 2nd year we held the Swedish showcase which was a great success, this was at the lawyers Olswang in the city of London.

There were around 70 delegates who attended the event including the Swedish companies who presented.

Mattias Nystrom, APL

Nima Jokilaakso, Swecare

Anne Dorthe Madsen Brandt, Michael Wamberg and Ulrika Rosdahl, DB Lab

Philip Ridley Smith, Cobra Biologics

Anna Törner, Scandinavian Development Services

Anna Fahlgren, BioReperia

Albin Forslund, Visiba Care

Anders Björlin, Kiwok

Oliver Namin, Min Doktor

 

 

 

It was great to have Swecare part of the delegation as they help their members open doors but are also half supported by the Swedish Government and they arrange many international delegations.

I always love to be in London plus to visit the UK and it never ceases to amaze me the high caliber of knowledge that we have within out sector which I hope will enable patients to be empowered in their daily lives.

New Horizons in Biologics and Bioprocessing

On Thursday 15th December saw the New Horizons in Biologics and Bioprocessing take place at the Waterfront Conference centre in the heart of Stockholm, normally I drive a lot to Stockholm however on this day I took the train and got stuck due to a signal failure so was delayed by 45 minutes, it appears that even the Swedish train system is lacking updating to its rail network.

The event had Johan Rockberg from University of Stockholm, KTH taking about high throughput screening of CHO clones using droplet micro fluidics.

Pall International Sarl also presented their development and application of continuous clarification for CHO cell culture using acoustic technology by Henry Charlton.

I moderated the panel debate with Cobra Biologics, KTH and Pall International Sarl which was great fun and I asked the panelists if they could ask Father Christmas what they would like for work in 2017 what would it be?

The requests were global peace, more money in grants available, a hunger for continuous improvement for life sciences plus also a quicker implementation for technology in clinics and also my request would be that we see some sort of strategy to be put in place so we can at least work together.

Some other thoughts that came out of this debate was that we all agreed that patients need to be more empowered and that we all get the same treatment that’s available and not depending on where we live.

It was great to also listen to Mike Austin from AstraZeneca giving a update on the investment in their production facility in my home town of Söderatlje, they are looking to employ 150 people in the next 2 years. The clinical trials that are currently in phase 3 are going to be made at the Gärtuna site and put into pre filled syringes where they can then ship them off to the clinic so they can get to a patient. There is great is the breadth of disease areas they are now focusing which these are just a few of them respiratory, cardiology oncology and pediatrics.

This was a really interesting conference with technology reaching science fiction.

Scandinavian showcase at BioWednesday in London on 1st February 2017

Swedish delegation for 2016

This year on Wednesday 3rd February we had a Swedish showcase of companies who came as part of a delegation to One Nucleus BioWednesday which was held at the beautiful central London offices of Olswang LLP.

So we are going to the same event in 2017 and very pleased to be having the following companies as part of this Scandinavian delegation to London again on 1st February 2018.

We hope you will be able to attend the event and to see more information about this, here is the link.

http://www.onenucleus.com/onenucleus-events?id=1058