Bad health is big business. Whether in prevention, diagnosis or cure, the potential for jobs and profit is huge in the life science industry. This is why the Danish Government recently announced a plan to support public-private-partnerships in the health and care-sector of the greater Copenhagen area. The initiative “Business lighthouse Life Science” will initially focus on obesity. Of special interest to start-ups, digital solutions will be in demand.
International showcase for health- and care solutions
The aim of the lighthouse project is to make Copenhagen an international showcase for novel health- and care solutions. The initiative is funded with an 80 million DKK investment from the Danish Board of Business Development. According to one estimate, the new co-creation model in the Lighthouse project could add as much as 27 billion DKK to the turnover of businesses in the project.
There can be no doubt that we need strong partnerships and strong collaborations to face health challenges. We look forward to supporting a flow of knowledge from research institutions to ensure the growth of commercial partners. Our goal is to create sustainable health solutions that will ultimately benefit citizens as well as businesses and the health sector”: Diana Arsovic Nielsen, CEO, Danish Life Science Cluster.
Six focal points. Three with commercial potential
The initial drive to battle obesity includes six focal points, where at least the first three could be of interest to tech-start-ups:
Prevent obesity among school age children using digital solutions.
Use health technology to inspire a healthier life.
Find more people who are at risk of developing severe obesity.
Help people with severe obesity with health checks and health advice.
Helping unemployed with severe obesity back into the labor market.
Assist in innovative, holistic and interdisciplinary treatment of severe obesity in hospitals.