Bridging the gap of the life sciences in the Baltics and Northern Europe
Enterprise Lithuania has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ScanBalt, leading accelerator for regional cooperation in health and bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea region, to strengthen the cooperation between the Baltic and Nordic countries. The focus of the partnership is the information exchange about life sciences sector in the region as well as the promotion of Life Sciences Baltics, the largest event dedicated to the life sciences in the Baltic region.
“An important priority for both organizations is to strengthen the cooperation, connect business and scientific competencies and enhance the potential of the region. Therefore, it is very fitting that ScanBalt Forum 2018 will take place during the Life Sciences Baltics forum in Vilnius,” – said Ms Daina Kleponė, General Manager of Enterprise Lithuania, a non-profit governmental agency which aims to drive and foster entrepreneurship and Lithuanian producers’ export and is the main organizer of Life Sciences Baltics.
According to Ms Kleponė, the influence of ScanBalt in Lithuania has been increasing over the years with numerous projects and fostered collaborations. Northern Europe is a leading example of how promoting cooperation between business and science can catalyse numerous success stories about basic life sciences research transformed into commercial projects.
“We are proud to be a partner of Life Sciences Baltics which has grown into one of the most important events in our region. The organisation of ScanBalt Forum 2018 together with Life Sciences Baltics is a great opportunity for our members, clients and projects,” – said Mr Jaanus Pikani, Chairman of ScanBalt.
Baltic countries are an emerging hub of life sciences in the region. With 22 % annual sector growth, Lithuania is the fastest growing life sciences industry in the EU, Latvia’s pharmaceutical industry is increasing at fasts rates as well. Estonia’s life sciences sector is mainly geared towards genetics and digital solutions for healthcare.
A biannual Life Sciences Baltics forum will take place in Vilnius on September 26-27, 2018. With the aim to introduce the Baltics life sciences scene to the world, the meeting point for life sciences trend-setters is expected to attract more than 1,500 participants from 30 countries.