onsdag 13 juni 2018

The more, the merrier – when Swecare and Department for International Trade held Life Science Seminar



The former cinematheque at the British Embassy quickly filled up for the breakfast seminar to hear Department for International Trade’s Life Science Specialist, Ravi Chana give an overview of and interactive session on the British Life Science and healthcare ecosystem. Heavy emphasis was put on the NHS, NICE and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with participants sharing company experiences with a nuanced but positive experience of these institutions. 



Practical recommendations on how to use support mechanisms available to Swedish companies to access the most appropriate part of the UK health care system were lifted after the B-word was elegantly and swiftly cleared off. As the discussions intensified, the (false) fire alarm went off and good discussion resumed I wonder if other Swedes secretly wished that we had a government with an industrial plan where Life Sciences was prioritized, a Life Science Strategy in print, and SME companies valued as important stakeholders in setting the goals. 

Well, not to spoil any utopian daydreaming the UK don´t have a Minister for Life Science anymore but hell it´s good to have these Anglo Nordic meetings to learn from each other and keep business ties strong when we head to an uncharted future.

fredag 8 juni 2018

Nordiskt Samarbete i fokus på Upgraded Life Festival

Femte upplagan av Upgraded Life Festival eller ULFFI i folkmun hölls förra veckan på Academic Medical Center i Helsingfors och självklart var Swecare på plats och representera som konferens partner. Maria Nygård och hennes team hade fått riktigt bra internationellt program på plats.


 Bland höjdpunkterna var Shafi Ahmed från Singularity University som visade både världens första virtuella kirurg och kirurgi med augmented reality, och avatarer i operationssalen.


 Swecares Nima Jokilaakso deltog i en panel om hållbara sjukvårdslösningar med Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare där det nordiska samarbetet inom området lyftes. Daniel Eriksson passade på att berätta om det virtuella sjukhuset som kan fungera som plattform för att visa på nordiska produkter och tjänster.

Förutom de 500+ förbokade möten på konferensen för deltagare ordnade Swecare informella möten med top-influensers för medlemmar.


Matthew Holt, ordförande i Health2.0 nätverket och bosatt i Silicon Valley, hälsar svenska bolag varmt välkomna till nästa Health2.0 / HIMSS Europe i Helsingfors 2019! Välkommen! Tervetuloa!

















måndag 14 maj 2018

Champions are fair but never gullible


The seminar for readiness for internationalization was for those have participated in the CBHA program delegations and for others interested. The seminar started with Lennart Almstedt at Essence International giving stats and reasons why big markets are needed for growing companies, and how it is rather easy to enter new markets but much harder to grow and stay. The participants discussed the list for how management boards can assess their readiness. Available online.





Emphasis was put on understanding the driving forces of the board, aligning them, crisp knowledge of the company’s edge and how to tackle weaknesses. It was a good bridge to the next speaker, the serial-entrepreneur Donnie Lygonis who is also innovation coach at KTH Innovation and former VINNOVA Senior Fellow at the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto. This session lifted the importance of mindset when tackling a market such as the US and in particular what is needed from companies establishing themselves in Silicon Valley. Where breaking through the noise is harder, the competitors more abundant, faster and stronger but also in understanding the business culture that can either propel the company to success or alienate it.  In the spirit of the SV sharing is caring mentality he and we have added links to the podcasts with Key Opinion Leaders.


Time to get fit for fight, because "Blue Ocean"-strategy in the US is often rather proof of ignorance rather than good strategic option. Little of the proposed in the seminar was news but yet, so often forgotten when it really matters most. Do the work! 


söndag 6 maj 2018

Great foundation for knowledge exchange between Sweden and Germany


After the visit to the Ministry of Employment we hosted the delegation of socialdemocratic members of the landtag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the state diet of this German federal state. The delegation was headed by Thomas Krüger, and assisted by the embassy of Germany in Stockholm.

Henrik Moberg from the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs gave the delegation an overview of the Swedish healthcare system and government initiatives such as Vision2025.






After which Dr. Jokilaakso presented how Swecare works with internationalization efforts and partnerships, including some recent data on identified strongholds where eHealth-solutions are high-lighted as such. Thus, both Nordic and Swedish initiatives such as eHealth-by-Sweden was shown to the delegates. These discussions including e-prescriptions, HER, and virtual doctors-visits fit really well with the scope of the bilateral innovation partnership that was signed by PM Stefan Löfven and Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was obvious to all attending that while our healthcare systems are very different there is increased urgency to learn from each other since we have complementary strengths needed for a sustainable healthcare system. This is an excellent basis for deepened talks and further collaboration.


Auf Wiedersehen!

onsdag 2 maj 2018

Kina-delegationen del II


Det här skrevs i fredags kväll, men internetproblem förhindrade publicering då, så en liten tidsförskjutning får ursäktas. 

Nu är delegationen till Shanghai och Jiangsu avslutad och jag färdas fram i över 300 km/tim, i ett snabbtåg på väg mot Beijing. Ett vackert och grönt landskap med mycket vatten har bytts till mörker med enstaka ljuspunkter som svischar förbi. 


Igår (dvs i torsdags förra veckan) deltog vi i International IP Application Forum arrangerad av Jiangsu Chamber of Commerce och Department of Commerce i Nanjing. Förmiddagen bestod av en gemensam inledning, för en stor publik, och med en enorm bildskärm och handlade allmänt om innovation och utveckling. Ett av de inledande talen handlade om hur Karolinska sjukhuset främjar innovation och ett annat om innovationer och utveckling inom läkemedelsindustrin globalt och i Sverige.


Efter kinesisk lunch hölls tre parallella sessioner, där vi förstås deltog i sjukvårdsspåret. I publiken satt representanter för företag och från sjukvården i Nanjing med omnejd. Swecare höll introduktionen om svensk hälso- och sjukvård och vikten av att ta fram och använda innovativa lösningar - produkter, kunskap och processer - för att klara de utmaningar vi står inför. Därefter presenterade delegationsdeltagarna sina organisationer och hur de bidrar till innovation på olika sätt. Dagen avslutades med nätverkande diskussioner mellan deltagarna. 



Idag hade vi en tidig morgon, då bussen avgick till staden Suzhou redan 06:30. Suzhou har närmare 7 miljoner fasta invånare och lika många tillfälliga (migranter som inte är registrerade i staden, och som därför har sämre täckning av statlig sjukvårdsförsäkring). Man satsar mycket på cancer, hjärt-kärlsjukdomar, neurologiska sjukdomar och trafikolyckor, vilka tillsammans är de vanligaste dödsorsakerna (67%). I den lokala befolkningen uppgår andelen +60-åringar till 30%, så bättre äldrevård är något man måste förbättra. Totalt sett har staden 3100 sjukvårdsinrättningar som tar emot svindlande 97 miljoner outpatient-besök per år!




Vi träffade chefer från 10-talet sjukhus och primärvårdskliniker. Efter presentationer från båda sidor hann vi med diskussioner i mindre grupper. Intresset var stort från sjukhusdirektörernas sida och jag tror att alla fick flera leads att följa upp. Vi avslutade mötet med en rundtur på sjukhuset som tog emot oss, ett mycket modernt och sofistikerat "Triple A" sjukhus specialiserat på bl a cancer, stomatologi och infertilitet, och som har ett sophanteringssystem från Envac.  




Efter lunch hann vi med ett kort besök i en av Suzhous antika trädgårdar, närmare bestämt "Den ödmjuka administratörens trädgård", som finns med på UNESCOs världsarvslista. Det var ett rogivande avslut på vår intensiva vecka, med mycket information, många kontakter och en hel del intressanta maträtter. 



fredag 27 april 2018

Huge interrest in Swedish life science and ehealth solutions when Mexican delegation met Swecare



It was with great pleasure we welcomed the delegation headed by the secretary of economic development of Hidalgo, José Luis Romo Cruz. Previously Head of the Planning Unit of the Mexican Social Security Institute at the national level, IMSS and General Director of Planning of the National Commission of Social Protection in Health (Popular Insurance).


During the meeting Dr. Jokilaakso presented the Swedish healthcare system that shares lots of similarities with its Mexican counterpart.

Further the delegation discussed the life science sector and what Swedish companies can contribute with since the coverage of the health insurance is rapidly expanding in Mexico. Topics discussed where how e-prescription, EHR and other crucial infrastructure can be provided with high interoperability and cybersecurity and what the IOT revolution means for a country like Mexico that is a major manufacturer of medical devices.

Also, investment opportunities in Hidalgo for medtech and pharma companies was lifted as an interesting option for Swedish companies interested in selling in the Latin American and US market.


Bienvenido a Hidalgo en México con nosotros

One crucial factor we often take for granted

In our 40 years, there is one lesson Swecare learned early, and which has been proven time and time again: successfully launching a Swedish healthcare company in a new market requires solid collaboration with a local partner. One with intimate knowledge of the local healthcare systems, long-term relationships with the key players within it, and a determination to do good. As a celebrity recently claimed – healthcare is complicated. Even those working in other industries, including defense, would agree that nowhere does local values, politics, culture, economic means have more impact than in healthcare. Projections of GDP growth, investment figures, risk assessments, population dividend and other macro figures are not enough to determine whether a product or service from within the Swedish healthcare and life science sector will be successful in a new market. Ours is a traditional sector by definition – nothing is as sacred as saving lives. Introducing new solutions even within our own borders is a challenge, doing so in countries which do not share our language, culture, social structure, even more so. Swecare realised early that our secret weapon is, and despite the advent of AI will remain for some time, our partners around the world - partners who have a stake in our success: who understand the way doctors work, hospitals purchase, politicians fund, and patient seek care.
Swedish Medtech, Swecare, and InnovatioCuris
representatives signing the MoU at Vitalis 2018 in Gothenburg

This week marked another milestone in Swecare's work within the EU-funded Central Baltic Health Access project. While we served as 'local' coaches for the companies within this Swedish Medtech-led project, the success of the program was very much dependent on our 'target market' coaches. In March we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Healthcare Federation strengthening our commitment to work together in order to support more companies in entering the Ugandan Market. And on Tuesday this week Swecare signed an MoU with Sachin Gaur of InnovatioCuris at Vitalis 2018, pledging:
  • exchange of information
  • promotion of opportunities
  • initial contact and consultation
  • networking services
Sachin has proven to be an incredible partner, with InnovatioCuris providing the companies that traveled to India under CBHA with invaluable support. He is an expert on cyber security and innovations in healthcare management. Together with his CEO Dr VK Singh, they have turned InnovatioCuris into one of the few leading consultancies focussing solely in healthcare and life sciences in India. We hope that this project is once of many more collaborations to come.

Tallinn Science Park Technopol, Uganda Healthcare Federation,
and Swecare representatives signing the MoU with
Swedish and Ugandan Ministries of Health as witness in Kampala
CB Health Access program was initiated in 2016 between Estonian, Finnish, Latvian and Swedish technology organizations to support entrepreneurship in health technologies. The program facilitates the entry of Estonian, Latvian, Swedish and Finnish health tech companies to distant markets – South Korea, USA, India and Uganda. CB Health Access provides the companies with an introduction of the target market, individual coaching both from the home country and from target market experts, market information, business missions, and identifying and contacting potential partners, and business missions. The program has a strong focus for the companies to achieve sales in the chosen market. The program is financed by Central Baltic Interreg Program.

For more information on the CB Health Access program see https://www.cbhealthaccess.eu/ and visit Swecare Blog.