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Area of Biz Excellence... October 2008

MEDICAL DISPOSABLES IN DENMARK – HOME TO INDUSTRY LEADERS Looking for a place to develop and produce high-quality and innovative medical disposables? Looking for a strategic location near industry leaders? Looking for a highly skilled and innovative workforce? Have a look at Denmark!

Locating in Denmark offers excellent possibilities of creating some of the world’s best medical disposables. Denmark is home to a large number of industry leaders and upwards of 40% of the medical technology companies in Denmark are producing or distributing internationally recognised quality medical disposables. The medical technology industry in Denmark is characterised by a critical mass of small companies while the 20 largest companies account for approximately 75 % of total sales. Of these 20 companies almost half are producing or distributing medical disposables, including Ambu International, Coloplast, Dansac, Fresenius Kabi, Novo Nordisk, Nunc, SCA Hygiene Products, Unomedical and William Cook Europe (Medico Industrien, 2007; 2008). Medical disposables produced in Denmark are characterised by being innovative, of high-quality and designed to meet the needs of the users, whether that be patients or healthcare professionals. This is due to strong user-producer linkages and an exceptional ability to listen to end-users and translate their needs into state-of-the-art products. A strong focus on technological development, design, simplicity, functionality and market-testing furthermore contributes to the high-quality and usefulness of the medical disposables produced in Denmark.

Danish capabilities

• Excellent possibilities for creating some of the world’s best medical disposables • Internationally recognised quality products • Presence of world-class educational institutions • A well functioning interplay between educational institutions, university hospitals and the industry • A strong focus on technology, design, functionality, high quality and user-friendliness • A close cooperation and strong interplay between manufacturers and users • Exceptional ability to listen to the end-users and translate their needs into state-of-the-art products • No. 1 in the world measured on turnover per capita within medical technology products (Biotech Medical Online, 2006)


First-class research and education Medical disposables often require a complex combination of competencies. One of the main reasons for Denmark’s stronghold within the area is the presence of world-class universities, research institutions and technical colleges working at the forefront of technological development and conducting research and education with a profoundly interdisciplinary character. Denmark, for example, has strong research teams at several universities and research institutions with a particular know-how within new materials technologies. Industry collaboration

A contributing factor to Denmark’s stronghold is a unique interplay between the Danish universities, university hospitals, and the industry, creating synergies between research and development of new products and companies. In collaboration with the medical disposable industry and the health sector, Danish universities, research institutions and technical colleges constantly work on creating innovative technologies and on designing, developing and producing high-quality and highly useful medical disposables improving patients life and the work of health care professionals. One example is the Electronic Patch, a Danish initiative among universities and industry gathered in an innovation consortium for developing a technological platform where electronics, sensors, antenna and battery are integrated in a monitoring system embedded in a skin friendly sticking patch for distant surveillance of patients. Partners in the innovative consortium include Coloplast, DELTA, Tunstall Healthcare, RTX Healthcare, Systematic, Silicide, SOS International, the Technical University of Denmark and Aalborg University. Company highlights

Nunc Ambu Healthcare Dansac

Nunc is a world leader in the production and supply of laboratory plastic ware for use within molecular biology, cell culture, genomics and immunology. Nunc’s name is synonymous with innovation, cooperation, quality and service. Ambu Healthcare develops, produces, and markets life supporting equipment and services to hospitals and rescue services. Its products are developed in Denmark and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its largest business areas are respiratory care, cardiology and neurology. Founded in 1971 in Denmark, and now part of the Hollister group, Dansac A/S is an international company that develops, manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art stoma care products that solve specific problems and improve quality of life for people with a stoma – and for people who work with stoma care.

Whether your company considers to relocate, consolidate, set up new ­production facilities, is on the lookout for new innovation partners or other strategic business solutions in Europe, Invest in Denmark is a good place to begin. We provide customised information and ­services free of charge and in full ­confidentiality.

Invest in Denmark 2, Asiatisk Plads DK-1448 Copenhagen K Tel. +45 33 92 11 16 Fax +45 33 92 07 17


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