More than Triple Helix
When University, Government (the Public Sector) and Industry work together it is normally referred to as the ‘Triple Helix’. This alliance is essential to the sharing economy we have built at Medicon Village. Players from different disciplines and fields can exchange ideas and work together to create value-add for all involved. Ultimately there is a greater goal – to provide a healthier and better life for many.
Medicon Village has researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs as well as organisations from the public sector. Among the more than 170 companies and organisations, there are a number offering support services, for example, in finance, legal and marketing to help members get to grips with various business aspects and attain their targets. The insights from the support services can also help at the product development stage. Better and broader input at the early stage of development is likely to result in a more successful end product, whether it is a new drug or a new service.
The ecosystem for innovation
Medicon Village is designed to generate an unbroken chain from idea or concept to finished product, in other words, a complete ecosystem for innovation. The process can be broken down as follows:
- An idea for a novel technology or product is emerging in a research group, start-up company or in the healthcare sector.
- Medicon Village provides a point of contact and a matchmaking service so that the right people from university, the public sector and industry can get together and form a novel project or company some sort of structure to develop the concept.
- An idea can take off and further develop, supported by one or more of the public innovation members. A company in the early stages of development can apply for membership at SmiLe Incubator, which is the incubator at Medicon Village. Here they can get access to valuable expertise and services in order to become a successful life science start-up company.
- Help with development and other services can be provided by one of the 70 or so companies at the Medicon Village business-to-business unit. Through the Village, a small company has all the advantages of the big ones at its disposal.
- Companies will also have access to meeting facilities, laboratories, laboratory equipment, and IT services.