Sweden has an excellent record in the medtech field: Gambro, Getinge and Elekta are prime examples of thriving companies that have been built up around Swedish innovations. As a whole, the industry employs around 10,000 Swedes and has an annual turnover of some SKr 60 billion. However, the recently published report 'Action MedTech Sweden – Key Measures for Growing the Medical Device Industry in Sweden' shows that there is considerable untapped potential for enterprise and new jobs.
“The analysis is not only relevant to the Stockholm region but to the country as a whole,” says senior lecturer Bo Norrman at Karolinska Institutet’s Unit for Bioentrepreneurship. “But if we want medical technology to contribute to the Swedish economy and to human health in the future, we have to act now.”
The objective of the report was to identify what needs to be done to generate industrial growth with the cooperation of the academic and healthcare sectors. Its conclusions include the following:
• Technical and medical faculties should identify and run joint research projects with development potential.
• The health authorities and university hospitals should create incentives for doctors and other healthcare personnel for conducting research in the medtech field, while identifying the development needs of everyday clinical practice.
• Universities and the health authorities should cooperate more closely with industry on different key areas, such as the establishment of common professorships and education programmes.
• The government should release more financial resources for long-term needs-based research projects in the medtech field.
The report has been produced by consultancy organisation McKinsey & Co at the request of KTH and in association with the medical university Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital. Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska Academy have also contributed to the report. Its conclusions are based on some fifty interviews and four workshops with Swedish entrepreneurs, scientists, clinicians and financiers, an international benchmarking study and data from previous studies and reports.
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