Copenhagen Health Ecosystem Metro Map

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



Greater Copenhagen is part of the transnational Øresund Region, which also comprises Skåne in Sweden. When it comes to life-science, the ecosystem of the two countries is well-connected. The life-science cluster Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA), the largest life-science cluster in the Nordics, brings the two countries’ strengths together. It gathers Universities, hospitals, and some of the largest pharmaceutical, medtech and biotech companies in the world. E.g. Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck and Pfizer are members. Copenhagen is a world-leader in clinical testing and drug development. Related to research and development, some key strengths in the region include easy access to accurate and comprehensive medical data, strong involvement of the Danish population in a clinical trial and medical research participation, the presence of MVA which is number one in Europe for drug pipeline, clinical trials and research and development investment and the country’s quality infrastructure, IT devices, medtech devices and clinical equipment. Life science is a key sector in Denmark, and Copenhagen has successfully encouraged innovation in diverse sectors such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medtech, cleantech and smart city solutions. Within biotech, the region’s strongholds are cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases, neurological disorders, inflammation, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Within medtech, the strongholds are disposables, diagnostics, hearing devices and assistive technology. Copenhagen is home to TechBBQ, the biggest startup and innovation summit in Scandinavia.