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 ’17

Synapse – Life Science Connect will be hosting the inaugural Copenhagen Life Science Summit ’17 (CLSS) on Friday May 5th. Six 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, stem cell research, bacterial synthetic biology 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 panel discussion with the theme "Are Danish universities promoting employability well enough?". 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.

8.30: registration opens + light breakfast
9.15-9.30: Opening speech by the Chairman of Synapse - Life Science Connect, Katrine Jeong Jørgensen
9.30-10.05: Robin Evers, SVP of Global Safety, Regulatory & Medical Affairs, Novo Nordisk
10.10-10.40: Kelli Hayes, Director for Corporate Strategy at Chr. Hansen
10.45-11.00: coffee break
11-11.30: Marianne Thellersen, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at DTU
11.30-12.00: Petter Björquist, CEO NovaHep
12-13: lunch + networking with company stands
13-13.35: Kåre Schultz, CEO Lundbeck
13.45-14.15: Morten Sommer, Professor, Head of Bacterial Synthetic Biology Group at NNCFB, DTU
14.15-14.30: coffee break
14.30-15.45: panel discussion: “Are Danish universities promoting employability well enough?”
15.45-17.00: networking with company stands, wine and snacks will be served

The Ceremonial Hall (in Festsalen) of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) at Vor Frue Plads 1, Inner 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 seeing you the 5th 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. Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2017 (CLSS ‘17) will be May 5, 2017.



The vibrant energy and enthusiasm amongst the smart group of scientists who constitutes Synapse is contagious and the Copenhagen Life Science Summit was very worthwhile attending – even for an ‘old veteran’ like me. Synapse’s passion for science and its understanding of the value of networking is key for future life science start-up companies.

Kirsten Drejer - Co-founder and Executive Director of Symphogen.


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.

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.