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Microbiome Signature Project reaches all KPIs

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The three-year Microbiome Signature Project which was jointly led by Invest in Skåne, Copenhagen Capacity and Medicon Valley Alliance and financed by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, has inspired industry, academics and clinical researchers to work together, and helped push the Greater Copenhagen region into the spotlight as a global hub for microbiome research.

The results from the project, which ran from 2019 to the end of September this year, exceeded all expectations, despite challenges posed by the global pandemic. All of the key performance indicators set for the project have been reached and a little bit more. 

Sarah Lidé

“We are really proud that we have met and exceeded all our objectives and KPIs, and to be able to conclude that the microbiome cluster in Medicon Valley is very attractive, and people want to be part of it, ” says Sarah Lidé, Senior Strategy and Project Manager, Medicon Valley Alliance."

Five foreign direct investments in the region

When it comes to boosting private investments and founding international research facilities, five  microbiome companies have established themselves in the region as a result of the project. Prior to their contact with Invest in Skåne and Copenhagen Capacity, most of the investors had not considered investments in Medicon Valley. “Our proactive approach with foreign companies has been a fruitful concept and critical to convince organisations to establish themselves in Medicon Valley,” says Camilla Münter, Investment Promotion Manager at Copenhagen Capacity.

Successful talent attraction to Medicon Valley

Attracting international talents to the region has been an important part of the project. “The unemployment rate within the life-science sector in Denmark and Sweden is very low so every new talent coming from another country is a win for the region and its companies, clinics and universities,” says Dan Rosenberg, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at Copenhagen Capacity. The microbiome talent campaign ran over three periods. It resulted in 102 international talents being hired by organisations in the region. The word about the attractive Greater Copenhagen region has been spread more than 23 million times and 33,632 unique visitors have been registered at the talent campaign site.

Competition is strong when it comes to recruitment. Interviews show that all companies recruit from the same global talent pool and also recruit from each other. Large rotation of employees between the companies is not seen as a problem, but rather as a strength as it shows that there is a wealth of career opportunities in Medicon Valley.

Watch a summary film about the microbiome project

Extensive mapping of the microbiome area in the region

Prior to the project, the microbiome cluster in Medicon Valley had not been mapped. One of the very first activities during the project was to interview more than 40 key regional stakeholders in order to get a better understanding of the region’s microbiome activities and capabilities. “The mapping and interviews were very important to create a foundation for the project to build on,” says Sarah. The findings show that Medicon Valley has a vibrant ecosystem of more than 80 companies, organisations and institutions working actively with the microbiome.

Micael Györei, Invest in Skåne

“We discovered that there was not much communication between the region’s stakeholders and organisations. There is an overall demand for more interaction,” – Micael Györei, Senior Investment Advisor at Invest in Skåne.

The mapping also showed a contact gap. The project team’s response was to to arrange cross-border activities including a virtual summit (due to the pandemic), a concluding event, and a pitch day. They were all well-received, well-attended and served as important platforms for networking and for increasing the visibility of Medicon Valley as a leading microbiome hub. 

Learn more about microbiome research in Medicon Valley