Welcome to the heart of Nordic life science innovation


Medicon Valley is the strongest life science cluster in the Nordic countries. It is home to a vibrant ecosystem and deep talent pool underpinned by world-class life science universities and research infrastructure. Benefitting from a competitive business environment and combined with the renowned Nordic high quality of life, Medicon Valley offers an attractive location for both businesses and people.

Medicon Valley is conveniently situated in the Greater Copenhagen metropolitan area, which spans across eastern Denmark and the southernmost part of Sweden, and easily accessible by flight from Copenhagen Airport with close to 30.3 million passengers (in 2019) and serving 177 direct international destinations. 

With 44,000 employees in the life science industry and 14,600 university life science researchers spread across nine universities in the Greater Copenhagen metropolitan area, Medicon Valley is the very heart of Nordic life science. 

Nordic innovation is globally recognised and our life science ecosystem reflects this. At Medicon Valley, we take pride in our rich life science heritage which spans over a century. Our pioneering spirit continues to attract many successful companies, e.g. Atos Medical, BioGaia, Cellavision, Chr. Hansen, Ferring, Genmab, Hemocue, LEO Pharma, Lundbeck, McNeil, Novo Nordisk, Polypeptide and Probi. We are also proud to host a number of smaller innovative start-ups that continue to develop the region, such as Abliva, Clinical Microbiomics, Follicum, Guard Therapeutics, Idogen, and SNIPR Biome.

Whether small or large, Medicon Valley is the perfect location to find your next spark of innovation.  

Medicon Valley in numbers

  • 350+ biotech, medtech and pharma companies with local R&D
  • 4 Global R&D pharmaceutical companies; Ferring, McNeil, Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck and LEO Pharma
  • 44,000 employees in the private life science sector
  • 9 life science universities with 24,000 life science students
  • 14,600 life science researchers
  • 6,000 life science and health related PhD students
  • 7 science parks with a major focus on life science, (with a total of 1500 companies) 
  • 10 incubators
  • 9 university hospitals (28 hospitals in total)
  • New world class research facilities ESS ERIC (European Spallation Source) & MAX IV 

Medicon Valley Alliance

Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA) is a non-profit membership organisation in the Danish-Swedish life science cluster Medicon Valley, which is a part of the Greater Copenhagen metropolitan region. The +250 members represent the region's triple helix and include universities, hospitals, human life science business, regional governments and service providers.


The organisation creates value for their  members by co-hosting, launching and driving meetings, networks, seminars, conferences and strategic projects, that develop and strengthen collaboration, networking and knowledge-sharing in the regions life science community, create critical mass and help realizing the full potential of Danish-Swedish Medicon Valley, the strongest life science cluster of the Nordics.


Read their annual report State of Medicon Valley 2021

We can help you do business in Medicon Valley

Are you looking for new partnerships, investments or projects within life science? The investment promotion agencies Copenhagen Capacity (Denmark) and Invest in Skåne (Skåne, Sweden) can introduce you to business opportunities in Medicon Valley. The professional services are free of charge and completely confidential.

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Copenhagen Capacity

Copenhagen Capacity is the official agency for investment promotion, business development and cluster growth in the Danish capital region. Copenhagen Capacity assists companies through all phases of partnering, market entry and clinical development in Medicon Valley. 

Invest in Skåne

Invest in Skåne is the official trade and investment promotion agency for the southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne. Invest in Skåne helps international companies invest and expand in the region, and local companies find international partnerships and grow global sales.