The Nordics have a variety of internationally recognised assets, providing a trustworthy platform for Nordic startups entering the global market. We have a high quality health care system, leading research in for instance diabetes, Parkinson, cancer diagnostics, maternal care and COPD, as well as a population skilled and open to IT and mobile solutions.
This makes the region well equipped to take international lead within connected health solutions, which is what the Nordic m-health/e-health project aims to do – creating at least ten thousand new high growth jobs in the process. This will be accomplished by building a critical mass of high potential startups, engaging the mobile industry and other key actors and providing support to overcome critical hurdles. Connected health is a new field and in many regards a regulatory “grey” area. The project will assist the startups with expertise on regulatory navigation, fast testing and interoperability – areas critical for success within connected health.
By gathering high-potential entrepreneurs, innovators and startups and connect them with larger companies and health care providers and professionals, they are enabled to benefit from each other in developing new competitive businesses and providing better health and health care solutions.
- Improved tempo for high potential startups to market and growth through expert support on regulatory, interoperability and testing
- Shared vision and synergies from cooperation
- Navigation expertise for startups in the regulatory grey zone between traditional consumer electronics and pharma/medtech
- Expertise to startups on interoperability
- Development of fast, low cost testing process
- Partner team and strategy development and communication
Developing a Nordic ecosystem for health innovation
The project is one of the seven projects funded under the Innovative Nordic Health and Welfare Solutions call that was launched in 2014. The aim of the call was to unite and strengthen efforts across the Nordics to develop a Nordic ecosystem for health innovation and create opportunities for Nordic businesses through a closer connection between developers, demanders and test environments.
The call is part of the lighthouse project Innovative Nordic Welfare Solutions initiated by the five Nordic ministries of business through the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Business and Innovation Policy 2014-2017. The project shall contribute to making the Nordics a leading region in developing and exporting innovative health and welfare solutions.