Focus on: Cancer Collaboration

24 apr '18
09:00 - 13:30
Medicon Village, Lund
Lund University Cancer Center (LUCC), LU Innovation, Medicon Village, SmiLe Incubator, and Medicon Valley Alliance

For the fifth year in a row we invite you to interact around research and innovation in the oncology area. How can new ideas be created by working cross borders? How can industry, academia and the healthcare sector work together?

We are continuing last year’s successful speed-networking and dialogue forums in order to find new partnerships. This year we also introduce a catwalk pitch for researchers and companies to address new collaboration possibilities.

The meeting is a cancer forum for industry, academia and the healthcare sector in the Medicon Valley region. Other interested parties, working on cancer, within Lund University, Region Skåne and Medicon Village are also welcome. The meeting will be held in English.


To participate, please register no later than Tuesday 17 April here.


Location: The auditorium, Medicon Village

09.00 – 09.10 Welcome and introduction

09.10 – 10.00 Keynote session: Extending the Seed and Soil Theory from Cancer Biology to Research Environments

Emmy Verschuren, PhD, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM).

10.00 – 11.30 Speed networking & coffee

Your opportunity to get to know other colleagues involved in cancer research and make new cross border connections to ensure fruitful future collaborations.

11.30 – 12.30 Catwalk pitch

Companies and researchers will enter the stage pitching their ideas and inviting people to collaborate. At the catwalk, among others, there will be companies such as Bionamic Data Conculting, ScandionOncology and Akuru Pharma and researchers as Gottfrid Sjödahl, Elisabeth Engdal, Sofie Mohlin, Sara Ek and Chris Madsen.

12.30-13.30 Lunch & Inspirational lecture: Collaborative medical care is better healthcare
Location: Restaurant Inspira, Medicon Village

Ulrika Sandén, Licentiat Innovation engineering, Master Social Work. Initiator and Course Manager for Patient Perspective and Self-Abilities

Based on patients, relatives and research perspectives, different forms of collaboration and improvement possibilities will be discussed. Examples of concrete innovative tools such as Cancerkompisar (Cancer partners), a university course in patient perspective and self-abilities as well as new ideas, such as Task force will be presented.
Ulrika Sandén, invited by Cancerkompisar, will guide you during her lecture into this indispensible new idea of empowering individuals.

13.30 Summary and end of meeting

The meeting closes for the broad audience at 13.30

After lunch, 13.30 – 16.00, there will be closed sessions - “Dialogue forums” - where clinicians, companies and academic researchers have a unique opportunity to discuss specific questions related to commercialization of research findings. There is still room for early stage companies to participate in one of the sessions which focuses on ”How to best secure capital without losing the founders’ visions?”. For further information or if you would be interested in participating in this forum, please contact

Speaker Biographies

Emmy Verschuren, PhD

Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)

Emmy Verschuren is a Dutch cancer biologist interested in understanding how environments can be optimised to promote health. In 2009, she was recruited as an international FIMM-EMBL Group Leader, and from 2011-2016, she acted as the academic coordinator of the public-private Innovative Medicines Initiative consortium, IMI-PREDECT, which focused on the development of complex cancer target validation models. Her group at FIMM studies in vivo and ex vivo models of lung cancer, aimed to ameliorate the prognosis of locally-treated patients.

Ulrika Sandén

Licentiat Innovation engineering, Master Social Work. Initiator and Course Manager for Patient Perspective and Self-Abilities

Ulrika Sandén is a social worker and PhD student in innovation engineering. Her research focus is on new methods based on digital tools to increase the self-ability of individuals to become active co-workers of good health regardless of cancer diagnosis. She has been living with chronic brain cancer since 2004. In 2006 she released the book "... and I want to live" (Prisma) and in 2015 she wrote an article about Momentary contentment, which won the Sociology Association's Best article Award that year. In 2017 she took the initiative for the university course in patient perspective and self-ability given at Lund University.



The event is sponsored by BioCARE, LU Innovation, SmiLe Incubator and Medicon Village