Puzzling the pieces together: Networking health and innovation

Innovation as the intersection between hospital, industry and university. What works and what doesn’t when collaborating in life sciences? Find out 13th December.

Foto: © UiO/Francesco Saggio

Through various conflicts of interests like different norms, standardization vs. personalizing and price schemes; hospitals, industry and university all serve (the) people. How can we nurture healthy collaborations to resolve upcoming challenges e.g.  aging population and lifestyle diseases?

Apparently the answer might be in intermediary organizations and their ability to connect people and transfer knowledge.  The project presents case studies from Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo region in cancer and central nervous system research. Within this field they look at how such organizations works and also how the collaboration between firms, universities and hospitals is established.

Hybrid organizations

Innovations in medical treatment have roots in all the three institutions and build on theoretical, technical and practical understanding. Hybrid organizations such as technology transfer offices or employees with dual positions brings the traditional boundary of hospital and university, hospital and firms or university and firms relation to a larger network rather than just links between two institutions.

The Norwegian case

The Norwegian context provides an interesting case as the industrial scene is rapidly changing. Traditionally a few big companies have been in the front and now many of them have been bought out by foreign companies. A result of increasing globalization, which may severs old ties and create a need for new establishment between universities and hospitals. While a significant number of small firms emerged there have been raised concerns of how the shifting industry will affect research, innovation and the link between them.

The health sector spends about 10% of GDP in Norway[1] and universities and university hospitals carries out a large portion of R&D in life sciences. Traditionally the links between these institutions have been strong.But life sciences have been less researched and little is documented about the dynamic interplay that creates innovation.Therefore this is one of the main purposes of the project, to further develop our understanding of networking in life sciences.

But life sciences have been less researched and little is documented about the dynamic interplay that creates innovation.


The conference

The project has combined the leading expertise from management and innovation and health studies in the Nordic countries. This has been an ongoing project for two years and is now ready to present their findings on the 13th December. The project is financed by Research Council of Norway.

Read more about the conference: Collaborative innovation in the life sciences: challenges and opportunities


[1] http://www.ssb.no/helsesat/

By Ulrika Marie Eriksson, Eirik Lorentzen
Published Dec. 4, 2013 11:24 AM - Last modified May 22, 2019 10:16 AM