Skåne Health Ecosystem Metro Map

The Health Ecosystem Mapping is a project created and developed by Upgraded, powered by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.



Skåne is the southernmost province of Sweden and comprises the cities of Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund. It is part of the Øresund transnational region, which also comprises the greater Copenhagen in eastern Denmark. When it comes to life-sciences, the ecosystem of the two countries is well-connected. Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA), the largest life science cluster in the Nordics, brings the two region’s strengths together. It gathers more than 300 biotech, MedTech and pharma companies, universities, hospitals and regional governments. Also pharma companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Roche are members. Skåne has a strong tradition in life sciences and health tech. The region has the highest concentration of science parks & incubators in Sweden. There are several biotech and MedTech research projects going on in the region, therefore there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. Universities and hospitals are key players in the region and are well-connected to the rest of the ecosystem. In addition to MVA, other science parks such as Medeon and Mobile Heights ICT cluster connect them to the public sector and industries. The ease of doing clinical trials is another key feature of the region. In Sweden, access to healthcare documentation is easy and there are numerous biobanks. The country aims at being the best in the world at using the opportunities offered by digitisation and eHealth. Key research areas in the region include diabetes, neuroscience, oncology, and inflammation. Other important sectors are drug development, Medtech, and health tech applications. The region has strong ICT and food clusters.