Copenhagen Life Science Summit - a day full of inspiring talks from prominent industry leaders and networking opportunities with life science companies and peers.



Copenhagen Life Science Summit ’18

Synapse – Life Science Connect will be hosting the third annual edition of Copenhagen Life Science Summit on Friday May 18th. Five prominent, extremely skilled and visionary professionals will elaborate on subjects relevant to life science.

The distinguished speakers will discuss the current state of the life science industry and what the future is likely to hold. Subjects such as innovation, antibody therapies, medtech, and the resulting opportunities and challenges will be elucidated. The speakers are invited to share their inputs on these subjects from an inspiring personal angle. The conference will also include a fireside chat with the theme: "Benefits of interdisciplinarity within life sciences". Moreover, there will be ample opportunities for the participants to network with each other and get in touch with our partner companies from the life science industry, which will be present at the summit with a stand.



08.30 - 09.15: Registration opens + light breakfast

09.15 - 09.30: Opening speech by the Chairman of Synapse - Life Science Connect, Marcus Jørgensen

09.30 - 10.10: TBA

10.10 - 10.30: Coffee break

10.30 - 11.10: Jan van de Winkel, CEO of Genmab

11.20 - 12.00: Janine Erler, Professor at Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, UCPH

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch and networking

13.00 - 13.40: Richard Wright, General Manager of Roche Denmark

13.40 - 13.55: Coffee break

13.55 - 14.35: Mads Emil Matthiesen, CEO of CathVision

14.35 - 14.50: Coffee break

14.50 - 15.50: Fireside chat: “Benefits of interdisciplinarity within life sciences”
Moderator: Morten Sommer, Professor at DTU
Guests: Niklas Magnell, Associate Director at AstroZeneca BioVentureHub
Anna Haldrup, Head of Department of Food Sciences at UCPH
Anna Gran, New Ventures Lead, Nordics at Johnson&Johnson Innovation

15.50 - 17.00: Networking session with company stands. Wine and snacks will be served.



The Ceremonial Hall (Festsalen) of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) at Frue Plads, 1165 Copenhagen.



Price: 50 DKK - includes a light breakfast, coffee and tea, lunch and snacks!

NB: The fee of 50 DKK is non-refundable.

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We are looking forward to see you on the 18th of May!

Synapse's Copenhagen Life Science Summit (CLSS) is a conference for all life science students, Ph.D.’s and young professionals. The overall concept is simple - the conference provides a great array of high-quality talks and viewpoints from important members of the Danish life science industry and a great opportunity for networking with like-minded peers.

Why should you participate in this event? 

This event will broaden your horizon and enlighten you on a series of themes of speaks from the very best within their field. While you can engage with them after their speak, it is also the perfect opportunity to extend your network by meeting students with a different life science background than yours. Life science companies will also be present and are eager to meet and answer relevant questions from each and every one.

Where and when is next year’s Copenhagen Life Science Summit?

The event usually takes place on a Friday in May in UCPH’s Ceremonial Hall, inner Copenhagen. We plan the event having the exam periods in mind.



It was a great pleasure to present at the Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2017. The interaction between the students and the life science industry plays a key role in securing future talent fo Danish life science.

Kåre Schultz - CEO of Teva Pharmaceuticals

On May 5th, 2017, Synapse held the successful Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2017 (CLSS ‘17), which was a one-day conference for 250 participants in the center of Copenhagen. The speakers attending were:

  • Robin Evers (SVP of Global Safety, Regulatory & Medical Affairs, Novo Nordisk)
  • Kelli Hayes (Director for Corporate Strategy, Chr. Hansen)
  • Marianne Thellersen (Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DTU)
  • Petter Björquist (CEO, NovaHep)
  • Kåre Schultz (CEO, Lundbeck)
  • Morten Sommer (Professor, DTU and Co-founder of Biosyntia)
  • Car0line Hart Sehested (Head of Early Talent & Outreach, Novo Nordisk)
  • Rasmus Larsen (Provost, DTU)

Each speaker contributed with  their take on the current industry state and subjects such as innovation, stem cell research, bacterial synthetic biology, and the resulting opportunities and challenges.  Moreover, Boston Consulting Group, COBIS, and HØIBERG,  were all present and eager to meet and network with the participants in a designated stand area.



On May 20, 2016, Synapse held the successful Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2016 (CLSS ‘16), which was a one-day conference for 250 participants in the center of Copenhagen. The speakers attending were:

  • Kim Andersen (Senior VP, Lundbeck)
  • Søren Brostrøm (Director General, Danish Health Authority)
  • Kirsten Drejer (Executive Director, Symphogen)
  • Pernille Gojkovic (CEO, Høiberg)
  • Tommi Kainu (Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group)
  • Thomas Kirkegaard (CSO, Orphazyme)
  • Andreas Laustsen (Denmark’s Coolest Engineer)
  • John Zibert (CMO, LEO Innovation Lab)
  • Henriette Søltoft (Director, Confederation of Danish Industry)

Each speaker contributed to the theme “The Future of Life Science” with their captivating stories about the current state of the life science industry and what the future is likely to hold for the next generation of students and young professionals. Moreover, Boston Consulting Group, Biobusiness and Innovation Platform CBS, COBIS, HØIBERG, and TFS were all present and eager to meet and network with the participants in a designated stand area.

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Sponsers of Earlier Events

We would like to thank our sponsors Novo Nordisk Fonden, Industriens Fond, and Dansk Industri for making the Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2016 possible.