A new research report shows results from HealthTech Nordic 2.0 during the project period, 2020-2022, confirming 788 jobs created among companies in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerak region. Although the project has been conducted in a very challenging time, HealthTech Nordic has managed to drive technology, business, and sales development among the member companies – with the common goal of changing how the world cares.
HealthTech Nordic aims to unite pioneers in the field of healthtech and to create international competitiveness for the member companies. Since the first project started in 2017, 1 700 new job has been created. During the last three-year project, which ended in autumn 2022, 788 new jobs are confirmed in the region of Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak. This despite major challenges in the world due to the covid 19 pandemic.
Mikael Hilmersson, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, is ranked as one of the world´s five most prominent researcher on issues related to the internationalization of small and medium-sizes companies. As a scientific reviewer, Mikael Hilmersson has followed and evaluated HealthTech Nordic throughout the project period 2020–2020. In his final report, Mikael Hilmersson highlights an increasing international expansion among members in parallel with the emergence of the next generation of innovative companies. The member companies are currently selling in more than 30 countries and sales are taking place on all continents of the world, except the Arctic and Antarctica.
– The Nordic healthtech movement has an international shining force where we can see that HealthTech Nordic has grown into one of the strongest nodes in the world. Despite the challenges as a result of the covid 19 pandemic, the project has been very successful and has also acted as a safe haven during a turbulent time. In addition to contributing to the development of member companies, it has offered security and support during the pandemic, Hilmersson notes.
HealthTech Nordic aims to contribute to a democratisation of healthcare where everyone can get more health for their money. The project, which ended in the autumn, has focused on member companies ‘growth and scale their solution globally, with the ambition to make the Nordic region a world leader in digital health solutions. Mikael Hilmersson explains:
– To grow both nationally and internationally, companies need to establish a position in relevant networks. HealthTech Nordic and its members have together achieved an international visibility that in turn makes them attractive to international investors. In addition, a platform has been developed with the aim of creating contact interfaces between the member companies and the investor networks that each partner has established.
In the coming years, healthtech innovation and adoption is expected to increase dramatically, both in the Nordic region and internationally. A new three-year project period, HealthTech 3.0, started in early autumn 2022, with the aim of further strengthening companies’ innovation and competitiveness as this happens. Interventions within the project will be tailored based on where and with whom member companies have the greatest potential to succeed.
– As the Nordic region can and wants to be in the forefront globally, HealthTech Nordic 3.0 will build pan-Nordic groups with pioneers in healthcare for knowledge transfer, innovative collaborations and inspiration, says Marianne Larsson, Project Director of HealthTech Nordic.