Norway’s largest health cluster is rebranding. “We have passed 200 members and are now taking a national position to lift the Norwegian health industry internationally,” says Kathrine Myhre, CEO of Norway Health Tech.
The health industry is in a historical upheaval with far reaching and unknown consequences. Because of digitization, new technological and scientific breakthroughs are reported daily. In this rapid race, Norway has a unique opportunity to take on a leading position, with a fast-growing industry based on innovation and world-leading expertise.
Surveys show that one in three Norwegian startup companies in the health sector is “born global”. These Norwegian entrepreneurs are already in an international market for products and services from the moment they start their business.
– We are a knowledge driven nation that has great results in important sectors such as oil and gas. However, the need for restructuring is huge, and we believe that the health area creates great opportunities. We want to make sure that the sector becomes a leading star in our modern Norwegian society. Therefore, we take steps to ensure that the members of the cluster are best equipped for the fierce international struggle that is currently on, continues Myhre in Norway Health Tech.
Nationwide health cluster
Currently Oslo is the center for health, technology and innovation in Norway. 80 per cent of the public R & D effort in health takes place in the capital. The largest and most specialized hospitals and most of the Norwegian healthcare industry are based in and around Oslo.
“We have always been open for hospitals, municipalities and R & D institutions across the country to enjoy activities and be a part of Oslo Medtech. However, we have received feedback – both from municipalities and regional actors – that they think the name Oslo makes this difficult, Myhre says, underlining that this is one of the main reasons why the health cluster now changes its name:
“There are many innovative projects and activities that take place elsewhere than in Oslo. Our member ConceptoMed, based in Lofoten, is an example of business with a very exciting product that has expanded with the speed of light internationally. The name change means that we can be a national facilitator where we open up doors in the health industry and connect different participants so that it actually makes a difference, she says.
Covers the entire human health area
From being a cluster focused on medical technology, Norway Health Tech has become a cluster with members and partners with a much broader base of expertise. In addition to medtech, areas such as diagnostics, digital healthcare, e-health, biotech, pharma, computational life sciences and human life sciences are covered.
“Our innovation platform has become far more extensive in recent years. Among other things, we established the health incubator Aleap in October 2016 that helps startup companies within all eight areas. In the fall of 2017 we will start an investment network covering the same areas. In addition, we launch Angel Challenge Health program in October together with Startup Norway. It is through extensive cooperation and facilitation that the members get the most benefit from the cluster, Myhre states.
An important factor in this ambitious push is the launch of “The Health Brief”, an international digital news platform that updates readers on trends and news in the entire health area. Another important tool is a brand new website that becomes an invaluable hub for all involved actors in the healthcare sector. Here the web users will get a continuous overview of important events and activities, as well as insights into the most important projects and actors who join forces to make health a leading sector, both nationally and internationally.
“If this industry is to succeed, we must be world leader in communication and dialogue together. We want to spread the word that Norwegian healthcare companies have expertise, products and services that can solve several of the world’s health challenges, ” concludes Kathrine Myhre, CEO of Norway Health Tech.
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CEO KATHRINE MYHRE, Norway Health Tech
Cell: (+47) 930 69 634