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The Valley of Life: Congratulations – we need you!

Keeping his eyes on the prize (photo: iStock)
June 5th, 2016 7:00 pm| by Søren Bregenholt
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Dear life science students.

No matter whether you are a student of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, neighbouring Lund University or the University of Malmö – or another university for that matter – you’ve already made a clever career move choosing life science.



No other industry has so much to offer in terms of inspiring professional challenges, promising job opportunities and, last but not least, the opportunity to help patients around the world.

Exciting times ahead
Summertime is approaching, which means that for many of you it’s time for exams and that quite a few of you will receive your degrees in the months to come.

As a life science professional with two decades of hands-on experience in life science R&D, I understand why you are excited. You are standing on the doorstep of a regional life science industry stronger than ever before. Consequently, the demand for talented life science R&D students like yourselves is unsurpassed. We need you!

Crucial connections
Moreover, we need not only you. We also need the best and the brightest of your classmates – whether they are Danish, Swedish or international students. If you went abroad during your education (we assume you did), we also need all the suitable fellow students you have met during your studies abroad.

We need foreign talents to come, stay, inspire and contribute to the further development of the life science cluster, Medicon Valley, and we need you students to spread the word and help attract and recruit your future colleagues!

A vital cluster
I want to use this opportunity to wish you the best of luck with your exams; it will open doors to a whole wide world of groundbreaking life science R&D.

If you want to conquer the world of life science, you might as well start right here! You are after all living in one of the most vital life science clusters in northern Europe, so why not take advantage of it?

Enjoy the summer and see you soon.

Søren Bregenholt


As the chairman of the Medicon Valley Alliance – the gold-labelled Danish-Swedish life science cluster organisation – Søren will address current trends and challenges in the sector.  Away from the alliance, he is responsible for Novo Nordisk’s global R&D-based PhD and postdoc programs, as well as research, innovation and educational policy.