Life Science in Greater Copenhagen

Photo: Adam Mørk

Greater Copenhagen’s life sciences industry is world leading for R&D spending, clinical testing and drug development. Copenhagen is part of the Danish-Swedish life-science cluster, Medicon Valley, which consists of a dense collection of universities, hospitals and companies.

Europe's fastest growing biotech cluster

Denmark continuously ranks within top 3 in the world on the Scientific American Scorecard for the development of biotechnology. Known for its focus on research and product development, Medicon Valley is home to more than 60% of Scandinavia’s pharmaceutical industry and is currently Europe’s fastest growing biotech cluster.

The Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants of more than €738 million to establish and expand their initiative, Copenhagen Bioscience Cluster, to establish world-class research centres in: 

Part of the bioscience cluster is The Danish National Biobankbeing one of the world's largest biobanks ensuring scientists a comprehensive overview of and access to millions of biological samples in Denmark’s health care system.

Danish life science research is in top 5 within the OECD when measuring on citations, being cited almost twice as much as the world average*. Other life science areas where Greater Copenhagen has world-leading knowledge are:

  • Dementia and CNS related diseases

  • Reproduction and fertility

  • Clinical Immunology (transfusion medicine)
  • Drug delivery systems

  • Bacteriology

  • Neuroscience

  • Oncology

  • Cardiology

  • Dermatology

  • Hearing aid solutions and related technologies

*Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Examples of Life Science congresses in Copenhagen