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 ’19
Are you an individual interested in Life Science and want to explore and expand your knowledge of opportunities in academia and the industry?

Synapse – Life Science Connect will be hosting the annual Copenhagen Life Science Summit ’19 on Thursday May 9th - a full-day conference that aims to bring together students, recent graduates and professionals to listen to talks and participate in discussions relevant to life science. We are proud to announce that this year’s summit will take place at the prominent and historical Børsen (The Old Stock Exchange) in the centre of Copenhagen.

The summit will have 3 sessions, each with their own focus.

Session 1: Sustainability in Life Science
In 2015 the United Nations set the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to provide shared guidance and a global partnership to work towards peace and prosperity.

In the first session of CLSS’19, Synapse will shed light on how life science can contribute to achieve the goals and global sustainability.

At the summit, you will have the opportunity to hear three prominent speakers give inspiring talks about what they do to promote global sustainability, and what life science students can do to engage in sustainability.

Mauricio Graber, CEO of Chr. Hansen, will cover how and why they work with sustainability in their corporate strategy, and Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Sustainability at Novozymes, will talk about how Novozymes collaborate with UN Global Compact. Finally, Professor Katherine Richardson will give a talk about what opportunities there are at universities to engage in the global sustainability agenda, as well as give a perspective of impacts the pharmaceutical industry might have on global ressources.

Session 2: Creating an Innovative Environment for Students
Medicon Valley is a true cluster of life science, with some of the world's leading companies. With globally recognized innovation in the area, it is important to have a strong environment where ideas are supported and are able to grow.

To inspire innovation and collaboration, the second session will feature industry and university leaders within innovation. The session will feature CEO Jens Nielsen of the BioInnovation Institute, covering how they guide research into innovation. Johanna Asklin, Head of Business Development Life Science from Lund University will elaborate on what great innovation is and how to discover and support it at universities.

Last but not least, Niclas Nilsson, Head of R&D at LEO Pharma Open Innovation will discuss how open innovation can be used as a tool to foster innovation and collaboration between academia and industry.

Both of the two first sessions will conclude with a panel discussion about their respective topics.

Session 3: Future Hopes: Startups
To conclude the day, we have invited startups from different areas of life science to come and share their concept and science. A great opportunity to engage with the people behind and hear their inspiring stories that will inspire future entrepreneurs. The startups are to be announced.

To wrap up the summit, everyone is invited to stay afterwards for refreshments and networking.

Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2019 is a unique opportunity for you to network and socialize with your peers and get in touch with some of our partner companies who will be present at the summit with stands.


08.30 - 09.15 Registration and light breakfast

Welcome and Opening
09.15 - 09.30 "Welcome to Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2019" - Jonas A. Jürgensen, Chairman of Synapse - Life Science Connect
09.30 - 09.50 "Importance of Life Science in Denmark" - Brian Mikkelsen, CEO of Danish Chamber of Commerce

Session 1: Sustainability in Life Science
09.50 - 10.20 "Sustainability on the Life Science Agenda" - Mauricio Graber, CEO of Chr. Hansen
10.40 - 11.10 "Sustainability and the SDGs" - Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Novozymes
11.10 - 11.40 "Engaging Students in Global Sustainability" - Katherine Richardson, Leader of UCPH's Sustainability Science Centre
11.50 - 12.20 Panel Discussion

12.20 - 13.20 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Creating an Innovative Environment for Students
13.20 - 13.50 "From Research to Innovation" - Jens Nielsen, CEO of the BioInnovation Institute
13.50 - 14.20 "How Universities Can Foster Innovation" - Johanna Asklin, Head of Business Development, Life Science at LU Innovation
14.30 - 15.00 "Open Innovation as a Tool" - Niclas Nilsson, Head of R&D Open Innovation at LEO Pharma
15.00 - 15.30 Panel Discussion

Session 3 - Future hopes: Start-ups
15.50 - 16.20 Cellevate, Chromologics, RetiPharma, Sonohaler.

16.20 - 17.30 Refreshments and Networking

// WHERE //
The event will be held in Børsen (The Old Stock Exchange) which is located in Central Copenhagen.

Address: Børsen (The Old Stock Exchange), Børsen, 1217 København K

Price: 50 DKK

The ticket includes a light breakfast, coffee and tea, lunch and snacks!
NB: The fee of 50 DKK is non-refundable.


We are looking forward to seeing you the 9th of May!

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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 18th 2018, Synapse held the third consecutive Copenhagen Life Science Summit. The main focus of this year's summit was "interdiscplinarity" and each speaker gave their own take on how to innovate and collaborate within the life science industry. The speakers attending were:

  • Søren Bregenholt (Chairman of the Board, Medicon Valley Alliance)
  • Jan van de Winkel (CEO, Genmab)
  • Janine Erler (Professor at Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, UCPH)
  • Richard Wright (General Manager, Roche)
  • Mads Emil Matthiesen (CEO, CathVision)

As an addition to this year's summit a fireside chat with the topic: "Benefits of interdiscplinarity within the life sciences" was held. The panel included:

  • Morten Sommer (Professor, DTU)
  • Niklas Magnell (Associate Director, AstraZeneca BioVentureHub)
  • Anna Haldrup (Head of Department of Food Sciences, UCPH)
  • Anna Gran (New Ventures Lead in the Nordics, Johnson&Johnson Innovation)

During the day the participants also had the opportunity to meet and network with our partners that were present at the summit with a stand: Accelerace, The Boston Consulting Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, HØIBERG and Roche

We thank all the speakers, partners and participants that made this summit possible!

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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