Cancer researchers, entrepreneurs and health care professionals will share knowledge and build new relations at the event Focus on Cancer Collaboration on 24 April at Medicon Village Science Park.
How can new ideas be created by working cross borders? And how can industry, academia and the health care sector work together? These are two questions participants at the event Focus on Cancer Collaboration will experience.
Actors across disciplines join forces to organize the event, Focus on Cancer Collaboration, for the fifth time –Lund University Cancer Centre (LUCC), LU innovation, Medicon Village, SmiLE Incubator, BBMRI.se and Medicon Valley Alliance all contribute.
The purpose of the event is to create a common arena across academia, industry and health care, where participants get ample opportunities to engage with one another. The event’s biggest focus is on connecting people working with cancer. And the agenda is tailored for participants to identify new partnerships and collaboration possibilities.
- New for this year is the Catwalk. Both companies and researchers will give a pitch to create an interest for the possibilities here at Medicon Village – possibilities that could lead to new partnerships. I think it will be interesting and exciting to hear about what is happening in the different constellations and about the opportunities for collaboration in our community, says Yvonne Ceder, associate professor at Lund university.
The Catwalk offers a scene for researchers and companies interested in collaborating at Medicon Village or building relations with Medicon Village members. They will give a pitch on for example collaboration methods or new approaches.
Dialogue Forum leads to new partnerships
The traditional Dialogue Forum has a given spot at the event. The Forums are closed sessions where clinicians, companies and academic researchers have a unique opportunity to discuss specific questions related to commercialization of research findings.
- Targeted and strategic networking, like the one facilitated by the Dialogue Forum, is a powerful tool to connect with others. Many of the Forums have led to partnerships and collaborations, explains Johanna Asklin, business developer, at LU Innovation and co-ordinator of the Dialogue Forum.
Connecting the dots
Also current research within oncology has its share of the agenda. The key note speaker, cancer biologist Emmy Verschuren from the institute for molecular medicine Finland (FIMM), kicks off the event with her talk on how our environment can be optimised to promote health. Ulrika Sandén, invited by Cancerkompisar, closes the event with her talk on how collaborative medical care is a better health care. Ulrika Sandén is a social worker and PhD student in innovation engineering, living with chronic brain cancer. She is also a writer.
- We are in the midst of the last preparations and hope our participants will connect with each other and get opportunities to build new partnerships. We are truly looking forward to the sharing and cheerful atmosphere with neighbourly discussions that we have seen at previous events, says Anette Orheim, communications director at Medicon Village
Written by Tanja Jensen, science writer