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

Synapse Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2021

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 ’21 on Wednesday May 12th - this year as an online event that aims to bring together students, recent graduates and professionals to listen to talks and participate in discussions relevant to life science. 

The summit will have 2 sessions on different topics within life science.

Session 1: Digital Health

Mette Worsøe Andersen

Global Director, Digital Health and eCommerce Solutions at Coloplast

Daniel Gewecke Daugaard

Founder and CEO at Dawn Health

Henrik Nannestad Jørgensen

Chair of AI Group at Etisk Råd

Session 2: Advanced Therapies

Krishnan Ramanthan

Senior Global Program Head at Novartis

Jacob Petersen

Head of Stem Cell R&D at Novo Nordisk

Anne-Marie Levy Rasmussen

CEO at Innovationfonden Denmark


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May 12th 3 pm - 5.30 pm

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Online - join from anywhere!

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We are looking forward to seeing you the 12th of May!
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Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2021 is supported by


About Synapse Copenhagen Life Science Summit

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

Past Copenhagen Life Science Summits




On November 25th 2020, Synapse held the successful Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2020 (CLSS ‘20), this year as an online live streamed event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers attending were:

  • Morten Agertoug Nielsen (Associate professor, Dept. of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen)
  • Tommi Kainu (Executive Vise President and Chief Business Officer, Bavarian Nordic)
  • Thomas Senderovitz (Director, Danish Medicines Agency)

The topic of this years summit was, very relevantly, "Fast-tracking vaccine development". The speakers sought to highlight different aspects of vaccine development and an interesting panel-discussion finished of the event.

CLSS 2019

On May 9th, 2019, Synapse held the successful Copenhagen Life Science Summit 2019 (CLSS ‘19), which was a one-day conference for 250 participants in the center of Copenhagen. The speakers attending were:

  • Brian Mikkelsen (CEO of Dansk Erhverv)
  • Mauricio Graber (CEO of Chr. Hansen)
  • Claus Stig Pedersen (Head of Global Sustainability and Public Affairs at Novozymes)
  • Katherine Richardson (Leader of UCPH's Sustainability Science Center)
  • Jens Nielsen (CEO of the BioInnovation Institute)
  • Johanna Asklin (Head of Business Development, Life Science at LU Innovation)
  • Niclas Nilsson (Head of R&D Open Innovation at LEO Pharma)

In the first session of this summit, "Sustainability in Life Science", the speakers talked about what they do to promote global sustainability, and what life science student can do to engage in sustainability. The second session, "Creating an Innovative Environment for Students",  featured industry and university leaders within innovation. In addition startups from different areas of life science were present and presented their concepts and science in order to inspire future entrepreneurs. 

CLSS 2018

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!

CLSS 2017

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.



CLSS 2016

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.