Life Science is an industrial and research strength in Greater Copenhagen and an important source of welfare and employment, now and going forward. Therefore, to continue developing the region’s life science sector is a central element in Greater Copenhagen’s efforts to preserve and strengthen the welfare and competitiveness of the metropolis.
Global crises like climate change and the current corona pandemic are increasingly exposing weaknesses and evidence the need for a resistant economy and healthcare system in order to guarantee health and stable welfare for the region. By taking the lead in the Life Sciences area, both our economy and healthcare sector will be strengthened.
Greater Copenhagen’s member organisations already run world-class healthcare systems, and therefore the region has a solid base of private businesses that are leading in their respective fields as well as public institutions that deliver high-quality healthcare.
Through pilot projects, alliances and by attracting expertise and investments, Greater Copenhagen is working to develop and support the region’s professional and research stronghold in Life Science.
Project: Developing research on bodily microorganisms
Partly financed by Greater Copenhagen, Medicon Valley Alliance, Invest in Skåne and Copenhagen Capacity are running a microbiome project to expand the region’s research into microorganisms in the human body.
Microbiome research is one of the most promising areas of research in Life Science, which holds the potential to revolutionise treatment of numerous diseases that doctors and scientists have long searched for effective treatments for, including certain types of cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Life Science in the region already boasts first-rate microbiome research. That stronghold will be reinforced by 18 million DKK with this initiative, with the aim to attract foreign Life Science businesses with research activities in microbiomes, as well as foreign talent to research positions at universities, university hospitals and private businesses in Greater Copenhagen. The EU’s Interreg program has contributed 9 million DKK.