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New Nordic ecosystem addresses future health challenges

A new ecosystem within living labs, test beds and such will aim to ensure better Nordic cooperation and provide new knowledge to hospitals, municipalities and companies in the Nordic region.

Around 150 participants - from hospital directors to municipalities and companies – joined the conference 'Developing Tomorrow's Solutions In Nordic Test Facilities’. The conference was held in Oslo November 8th 2017. The Norwegian Minister for Health, Bent Høie, encouraged participants at the conference to join the dialogue for a better and strengthened Nordic cooperation.

- How does Nordic hospitals and municipalities develop and strengthen tomorrow's solutions in health and care - in collaboration with innovative companies? There are clear expectations to increase our Nordic cooperation in order to solve the health care challenges of the future, Bent Høie said in his introductory speech.

Presentation of concrete winnings and 3 test environment projects

Participants at the conference gained insight into the results of three test environment projects funded by Nordic Innovation in collaboration with various national fund agencies (Vinnova, Innovation Norway, Tekes, Rannis, and more).

The 3 projects are:

A direct result of the Nordic Network and Test Beds project is the new network Nordic Proof: A network of professional testing environments in leading hospitals in the Nordic region. The network aims to provide easier access to users and health professionals and to speed up testing processes and verification of healthcare solutions.

Common focus on Nordic test environments

- The Nordic countries are so similar that we can easily collaborate and at the same time so different that we can learn a lot from each other," says Gunhild Sander Garsdal, project manager in the Vaeksthus Copenhagen (Danish project partner in the Nordic Business and Living Lab Alliance project).

- By supporting the Nordic Business and Living Lab Alliance project, Nordic Innovation has enabled project partners from Copenhagen, Oslo, Vesterås, Reykjavik and Helsinki to jointly focus on municipal Nordic test environments. At the same time, it also allows companies to get easier and better access to the public sector so that they can develop and sell their solutions, says Gunhild Sander Garsdal.

More than 150 companies have joined matchmaking events - and more than 30 companies have participated in test and co-operation with Nordic test environments. The project partners have also prepared a digital guide for companies seeking an introduction to the Nordic healthcare markets.

See the digital guide 'Guide to the Nordics'

For more information on public-private cooperation and health innovation, contact Gunhild Sander Garsdal, Project Manager at Vaeksthus Copenhagen, T. +45 2926 1969, gg@vhhr.dk or Christian Brix, Project Manager at Vaeksthus Copenhagen, T. +45 3010 8102, cbr @ vhhr.dk.

Link to original article from Nordic Innovation



Lene Vistisen

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