Strong presence of Nordic skills and innovations in life science at Arab Health 2018
Danish, Finnish and Swedish organisations join forces to facilitate business partnering and networking at Arab Health 2018. At the event, 75 Nordic companies bring innovative life science solutions aiming to add sustainable value to the Middle East healthcare sectors and to build lasting relations between the Nordic participants and local stakeholders.
Business Finland, Business Sweden, Danish Health Tech Group, Global Pharma Consulting and Nordic Innovation are facilitating four national pavilions at Arab Health 2018. To kick off the trade fair, the organisations announce an exclusive Nordic Business Partnering and Networking Reception for invited guests on Monday 29 January 2018 at 7-10 pm at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown.
“We believe the Nordic countries can offer innovative solutions to the global healthcare challenges, and by joining forces on a Nordic level at Arab Health, we can combine our respective strengths and showcase a critical mass of companies that are ready to export those solutions,” says Senior Innovation Adviser Mona Truelsen from Nordic Innovation.
“The networking event is the only opportunity for stakeholders in the MENA region to talk to so many decision makers, officials and experts from the Nordics in one place in a relaxed setting,” explains Paula Hassoon, Senior Consultant at Global Pharma Consulting and organiser of The Innovation Pavilion by Sweden.
Official Nordic representatives including Ms. Pirkko Mattila, Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, HE Merete Juhl, Denmark’s Ambassador in UAE, Mr Niclas Jacobsson, Deputy Director-General Swedish Ministry of Health and HE Henrik Landerholm, Sweden’s ambassador in UAE, will be attending the networking event.
Digital health from Finland
At the four national pavilions, the Nordic companies will showcase cutting-edge med-tech solutions and technologies to the MENA region. According to Meria Heikelä, Director at Business Finland and co-organiser of the Finnish pavilion, Finland ranks among the three strongest health technology economies in the world, with digital health being its largest high-tech export.
“Finland’s world-class research and technology competencies are the pinnacle of its health sector and one reason why Finland has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. Preventive healthcare and rehabilitation solutions are among the key focus areas of Finland at Arab Health 2018,” explains Meria Heikelä.
Danish innovations in med-tech
With the annual Pavilion of Denmark at Arab Health and a recent business delegation visit to UAE and Saudi Arabia healthcare sectors, Danish Health Tech Group is committed to share the Danish med-tech strengths with stakeholders in the MENA region.
“In Denmark, we prioritise design and quality, and innovate through an inherent focus on public-private sector cooperation and by proactively involving patients and staff in the healthcare sector,” says Thomas Andersen, Head of Danish Health Tech Group.
Two times Swedish world-class healthcare
While all the Danish companies are exhibiting with Danish Health Tech Group, Sweden offers two different pavilions. The Innovation Pavilion by Sweden and the official Swedish pavilion each has representatives from 20 Swedish healthcare and life science companies.
“Sweden is known for its world-class’ innovations within the healthcare sector. Much of this success derives from the tradition of entrepreneurship through the close collaboration between the government, academia and industry,” says Fredrik Bodin, Trade Commissioner of Sweden to the UAE, co-organiser of the official Swedish pavilion.
Photo caption: At Arab Health 2017, representatives from Nordic life science companies and key local stakeholders discussed how they can support the healthcare markets in the Middle East. The discussion continues at the networking reception at Arab Health 2018.
Facts: About the Nordic Business Partnering and Networking Reception
Monday 29 January 2018 at 7-10 pm at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. To be invited, please contact one of the organisers. Limited space.
In addition to the business representatives, other notables include:
- Pirkko Mattila, Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health
- HE Riitta Swan, Ambassador of Finland toUAE
- HE Merete Juhl, Denmark’s Ambassador in UAE
- Niclas Jacobsson, Deputy Director-General Swedish Ministry of Health
- HE Henrik Landerholm, Sweden’s ambassador in UAE
- HE Ewa Polano, Sweden’s Ambassador in Qatar
- HE Jan Tesleff, Sweden’s ambassador in Egypt
- Maria Helling, CEO Swecare Foundation
- Ms Vivianne Macdisi, County Commissioner Uppsala County Council, Chairman Swecare Foundation
Facts: The national pavilions at Arab Health 2018
- The Innovation Pavilion by Sweden, organised by Global Pharma Consulting, located at Za’abeel Hall 6 Z6.E30
- The Finnish Pavilion, co-organised by Business Finland and Business Oulu, located at Hall H3 A10
- The Pavilion of Denmark, organised by Danish Health Tech Group, two pavilions located at Trade Center Arena SA.F50-59 and Za’abeel Hall 6 Z6.E30
- The official Swedish pavilion, organised by Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi, located at Za’abeel Hall 1, Z1.G50
Facts: Business Finland, Business Sweden, Danish Health Tech Group, Global Pharma Consulting and Nordic Innovation
- Business Sweden’s purpose is to help companies in Sweden grow their international revenues and international companies to invest and expand in Sweden. For Swedish companies, Business Sweden provide strategic advice, sales execution and operational support to help companies grow their international revenues. For international companies, Business Sweden ensure that they can rely on our knowledge, experience and extensive network to identify new business opportunities and achieve an accelerated return on investment.
Lina Balsyte, Business Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org, +971 55 387 7006, www.business–sweden.se
- Danish Health Tech Group is an export network of Danish suppliers of manufacturing technology and solutions for the medical device, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors. Danish Health Tech Group is part of Danish Export Association which, with more than 600 member companies, is the leading Danish organiser of export networks.
Thomas Andersen, Head of Danish Health Tech Group, email@example.com, +45 2447 8502, www.dk–healthtech.com
- Finpro (Business Finland as of 1 January 2018) helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes travel to Finland. Finpro is a public organisation consisting of Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. The organisation’s almost 300 professionals work in 36 Trade Centres in 31 countries and 6 offices in Finland.
Meria Heikelä, Director, Finpro, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 778 715 3014, www.finpro.fi
- Global Pharma Consulting is a life science-focused consulting company offering consulting and market-entry services to a variety of companies across the healthcare sector including pharmaceutical, med-tech, diagnostic and E-health. Global Pharma Consulting assists Swedish and European life science companies seeking to establish their business in the MENA-region with a focus on the dynamic GCC-countries where the company have spent years building a vast network.
Paula Hassoon, Senior Consultant, email@example.com, +46 8 408 0 4880, www.globalpharma.se
- Nordic Innovation is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers and shall contribute to make the Nordic region a leading region for sustainable growth, and increase entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in the Nordic region. Nordic Innovation supports projects and programmes to stimulate innovation and works to improve the framework conditions for Nordic markets and exports.
Mona Truelsen, Senior Innovation Adviser, firstname.lastname@example.org, +47 902 10 822