... A deep dive into the Medicon Valley Life Science Cluster ...


Connect Medicon Valley will be a 3 day showcase of all the amazing science underway on both sides of Øresund. We will be visiting large and small biotech and exciting start-ups, and seeing how all these players contribute to the ecosystem here in Medicon Valley. The full program of visits and talks will be released soon.

Startups, big and small biotech and a lot more!

7/11 in Copenhagen (BioInnovation Institute)

11/11 in Lund
12/11 in Copenhagen
13/11 hackathon with helloscience

Current confirmed companies includes:

Chr. Hansen (visit)


Hello Science (full day)


BioInnovation Institute

Medicon Valley Alliance

DTU Skylab

Venture Lab (workshop)

MAX IV (visit and tour)


The Innovative heart of Scandinavian Life Science Innovation

Medicon Valley is the crucible of Scandinavian life sciences. Located at the gateway to Denmark and Sweden it has a vibrant ecosystem and deep talent pool underpinned by world-class life science universities and research infrastructure. Globally, Medicon Valley is perceived as being on of the leading international life-science clusters in Europe.

Set in a competitive business environment with the Scandinavian quality of life close at hand, Medicon Valley is an attractive location for both business and people.

Scandinavian innovation is globally recognized and our life sciences reflect this. Within Medicon Valley we have a rich life science heritage and pioneering spirit that continues to attract many successful companies. Companies like Novo NordiskLEO PharmaChr. Hansen and Lundbeck are representative, but so too are the many smaller innovative start-ups who continue to energise the area. 

Medicon valley in numbers:

  • 42,000 people employed in life sciences
  • 90% of Scandinavian life science graduates
  • 9 universities conducting research within life sciences
  • 14,500 life science researchers
  • 6,000 PhD students
  • 350 biotech, medtech & pharma companies with local R&D

Find out more about Medicon Valley in the video produced by Medicon Valley Alliance, the cluster membership organisation.








HelloScience and Synapse - Life Science Connect invites the
next generation of science entrepreneurs to solve SDG
Challenges with life changing innovation 

The Life Hackathon will be part of Synapse Connect Medicon valley, a 3-day trip of exploration of the Biotech and Pharma Landscape of the area surrounding Greater Copenhagen and the South of Sweden

As a participant you will be divided into groups and challenged to solve one of 3 SDGs by coming up with ideas based on their academic and professional background. 


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On the day of the event, the teams will be mentored by the Synapse team and by professionals in the field of the SDG the group will be focusing on. Using the Hello Science platform, the ideas will be recorded and protected, giving the teams the chance to build on their ideas even after the event. Bright and promising ideas could be then incubated into solid projects with support from Hello Science. The winning team will be invited to the Hello Science Live Lab.

You can explore the 3 challenges below. Please be advised that your motivational essay should include your motivation towards solving one of the SDGs, as well as a potential solution. 

The challenge is developed as a collaboration between Synapse - Life Science Connect and Hello Science


Problem: An estimated 821 million people – approximately 1 in 9 people in the world – were undernourished in 2017, up from 784 million in 2015. This represents a worrying rise in world hunger for a third consecutive year after a prolonged decline.

Companies developing a solution: Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat

SDG Number 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


SDG Number 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages



Problem: More than 40 diseases have been linked to bacterial imbalance including depression, arthritis, IBS and cancer

Companies developing a solution: Kaleido Biosciences, Ubiome


Problem: Approximately one third of countries have medium or high levels of water stress. Almost all countries that have registered high water stress are located in North Africa and West Asia or in Central and South Asia, and these levels indicate serious water difficulties in the supply of freshwater, at least during parts of the year.

Companies developing a solution: “Bangalore Water Startup”

SDG Number 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all



A webform by Podio


When is it?
The trip will run from 11th-13th November, including a pre-event on the 7th November. All days and visits are compulsory.

How much does it cost?
The total cost of the trip is 500 DKK. This includes accommodation, transport and some meals.

During the trip, participants will be staying at DanHostel Helsingør in order to facilitate a close networking atmosphere. 

How do I apply? 
Send us a CV and Motivation Letter before the 3rd of November, using the sign-up form. The event is for any bachelor, master, PhD-students studying in Denmark or Sweden. We also welcome applications from newly graduates. 

The cover letter should include the following: 

  • Why you are interested in this trip
  • What you can bring to the event
  • What you hope to gain
  • The hackathon topics interests you 

Why Connect Medicon Valley?
This trip will give you an insight into all the amazing science going on in this scandinavian cluster. As well as inspiration, this trip will be a great opportunity to network with people in the industry as well as other motivated life science students from Danish and Swedish universities.

If you need more information or have any questions then please contact: emb@synapse-connect.org