09 May 2013

Medicon Valley visit, fourth day

  • Posted by Katherine Nelissen

This morning we woke up in the Radisson Blue Hotel in Malmö, which was awarded “Best Conference Facility 2011”, to start our final day in Scandinavia. We spent our last day on Medicon village, a new centre for research, innovation and entrepreneurship within life sciences. Ursula Hilkvist Bengtsson, the Vice President of Medicon village, told us the story about how Medicon Village was started in January 2012 in the research facility of AstraZeneca, that decided in March 2010 to relocate its research activities from Lund to Mölndal. This was a very inspiring story for our Belgian delegation since we are facing comparable challenges with the closure of Ford Genk in 2014. We received a guided tour through Medicon Village, and our delegation got the opportunity to meet several Medicon Village companies in the B2B session. On this closing day, both Minister Vandeurzen and Minister Lieten gave their point of view on the importance of this visit for the Flemish Healthcare sector.

After 4 very fruitful but exhausting days we returned to Copenhagen airport, for the flight home.



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