Stronger together – building alliances across life sciences
The core focus of Lund-based company MultiHelix is building alliances in the life sciences sector. To date, the membership-based company has successfully built strong cluster and science parks collaborations through its own personal networks across three continents. Making the very best out of every member´s abilities and sharing it with others is the key to successful development and new partnerships.
The whole idea of MultiHelix is to bring people with the right knowledge and expertise together. This is done through several activities and channels, such as the Twins’ International MultiHelix initiative (TIM), and the MultiHelix Think Tank (MTT). In addition, MultiHelix as a company is equipped to be a one-stop-shop for any company, scientist or innovator within the TIM network, looking to set up business in another country.
Initiating new members
TIM started out as a close collaboration platform of five countries in Europe and North America in 2016. In just three years, the platform has successfully expanded and now, at the end of 2019, includes nine countries over three continents: Europe, North America and Asia.
For the first time, the members representing each nation were able to attend the TIM annual meeting and at the same time take part in an elaborate MTT workshop on the theme future healthcare. The annual meeting was synchronised with the Nordic Life Science days in Malmö, Sweden, in September 2019.
“Running these activities in synchronisation was most likely the best way to initiate our new members from Austria, Japan, Hong Kong and Spain. We were able to address issues that are relevant to everyone, as the theme future healthcare embarks on challenges that are equal to all, no matter where you live or come from”, says Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, Founder and CEO of MultiHelix AB in Lund.
Addressing challenges together
One of the challenges addressed during the TIM annual meeting and the MTT workshop was the development of a future healthcare system that can cater to an aging population, which has become very much of a global challenge. The very idea of MultiHelix is for members to look at challenges in unison, and possibly develop solutions that work in all regions.
“Key activities in 2020 include identification of the main strengths in each cluster. We are essentially looking to bring forward the very best from each cluster and build common grounds for collaboration. Everything we do revolves around increasing the number of cross-border partnerships”, as Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson explains it.
In the beginning, the MTT activities involved around 20 professionals. Today, that number is exceeding 100 individuals coming from more than 50 different organisations. In other words, MTT is a great resource of knowledge and ideally an environment of mind expansion.
Some examples of common themes discussed during the MTT events are future healthcare and digital systems, food in connection to health and sustainability, prevention of disease and promotion of health, and everyone’s right to healthy lives and well-being according to the United Nations’ sustainable development agenda 2030.