2009-01-29 11:10

Major Medicine Technology Venture in Western Sweden

Five parties in Western Sweden are entering a joint venture aimed at creating a medicine technology centre called MedTech West. The objective is to create better conditions for research, development and innovations in the field of medicine technology through increased cooperation between the academic sphere, the care-giving sphere and the industry.

A lot of inquiries have shown that the Swedish medicine technology industry is not sufficiently innovative. There is a lack of new ideas and suggestions for bold projects. By uniting the key actors of the business sphere and the medical profession and research sphere, MedTech West provides the conditions for new vitality.

“We want to create an environment where ideas can be utilized and further developed. That can lead to new products, processes and services that create growth in existing companies, and also contributes to the establishment of new research based and high-tech companies,” says Stefan Bengtsson, pro-rector at Chalmers University of Technology.

The parties of the MedTech West project are Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Borås, Sahlgrenska Academy and the Västra Götaland region. Jointly, the parties are investing 13.5 million SEK during a period of three years, focusing on recruiting new researchers and doing other things to develop the field.

Internationally competitive

“MedTech West is to develop into a dynamic and internationally competitive research and innovation environment in Western Sweden. This is an area that is important to growth and welfare in Sweden and the environment will attract excellent researchers, doctors and engineers. We count on being able to attract large national and international endowments,” says Olle Larkö, dean at Sahlgrenska.

”Medical care in this region has been operated in close cooperation with Sahlgrenska Academy, Chalmers and the medicine technology industry since a few years back. That has led to success in several areas. Now, this cooperation is further enhanced, in a move that benefits the patients and the growth in the region,” says Jan Eriksson, hospital director at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

MedTech West is to evaluate and further develop innovations from medical care and academia. The centre is also to judge clinical relevance in technology driven ideas.

“Today, high-tech solutions are given an ever greater role in specialized health care. To meet that need, we will jointly invest in technology driven research and development focusing on solving current problems in health care,” says Björn Brorström, pro-rector at the University of Borås.

Within the framework of the venture, four new research posts will be financed from 2009-2011. The posts will be made available for applications in January 2009.