About the Innovation Network
Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology brings together leading Danish skills in the field of health and welfare technology in a national network empowering development, commercialization and exports of Danish health and welfare technology.
The purpose of the Innovation Network is to increase commercialisation and export of Danish products and services related to health and welfare by ensuring Danish companies access to knowledge and skills from Danish research, education and knowledge institutions. These include municipalities, hospitals and academia.
The Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology is based on the growing demand for technology and services capable of helping citizens with health and welfare needs to have the greatest possible independence. Among the target are patients discharged from hospital with a need for continued supervision of their health, or in need of rehabilitation and special care after a period of illness or decreased mobility.
A primary demand is from hospitals and municipalities; but the network also works with solutions marketed for private citizens. This entails the development and application of solutions for treatment and cares, which improve work capability, brings efficient use of resources and not least increases the quality of life for the individual citizen. Cooperation, knowledge-sharing and networking are our principal methods. Activities in the network enhance companies’ possibilities to develop and market solutions based on the latest knowledge; and which have an inherent international appeal and export potential. Therefore, the network also collects and disseminates the latest knowledge about standards and regulatory demands, to enhance market penetration across jurisdictions and cultures.
- We can make a big difference when it comes to the major tasks and challenges society are facing right now. Demographics are changing and we need to think innovative and smart, if our healthcare system schould be able to cope with the development. It is vital to work with innovation, and you can see the Innovation Network as a melting pot and rally point for this development. For here you find a unique collection of representatives from universities, knowledge institutions, businesses, government agencies, municipalities, etc., says Jens Ole Pedersen, CEO, Philips Healthcare Denmark, who is chairman for Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology.
Partners in the Innovation Network
The following organizations are partners in the Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology:
- Aalborg Municipality
- Alexandra Institute
- MedTech Innovation Center MTIC
- Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark
- University of Southern Denmark
- Danish Technological Institute
- Vaeksthus Copenhagen
- Welfare Tech
Welfare Tech manages the daily activities of the network, while a board of directors, chaired by Jens Ole Pedersen, CEO, Philips Healthcare Denmark, sets the strategic course.
National, regional and private support
The Innovation Network has been granted 12 million Danish kroner (~1.6 million Euro) from the Danish National Board of Research and Innovation for activities in the period July 1st 2014 to June 30th 2018. Additionally the Region of Southern Denmark has provided 8.9 million Danish kroner (~1,2 million Euro); and 176 private companies are members already.
The network builds on results achieved previously from the partnerships Lev Vel and UNIK as well as the business innovation cluster, Welfare Tech.
Welfare Tech - Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology is supported by the The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science as one of 22 Danish Innovation Networks. The Danish innovation networks works in different fields, ready to help companies find new partners among world class scientists, other companies and experts in Denmark as well as abroad.
See list of the 22 Danish Innovation Networks
The Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Welfare Technology is supported by the Danish National Board of Research and Innovation and the Region of Southern Denmark. Project period: 01.07.2014 - 30.06.2018.