Health and Life Sciences
The Norwegian healthcare sector spans a wide range of technologies and expertise, from drug discovery, remote and digital care, diagnostics to medical devices and health related ICT. The Norwegian healthcare system is based on a high level of trust, resulting in reliable, high quality health data.
Unlocking the potential in digital care
With an aging population, the demand and cost for healthcare are soaring. The demographic changes will shift the balance between receivers of care and trained care personnel; hence there is a strong international drive to develop new technologies which allow elderly people to continue to live independently in their own homes.
A growing number of Norwegian companies are already engaged in R&D programs related to digital care and ambient assisted living. Furthermore, a government white paper on the issue is underway, expected to further boost innovation in this area. For a more extensive overview of companies and activities related to AAL, please visit the business clusters on medical technologies, Oslo Medtech. You can also read more about how Norwegian health authorities are using innovative solutions for remote and digital care here.
Leading expertise in oncology and CNS
Norway has a long-standing tradition in scientific discovery and treatment of cancer. The Norwegian Radium Hospital, now part of Oslo University Hospital, is renowned for excellence in clinical practice as well as innovation. Research at the Radium Hospital has lead to the establishment of approximately 40 SMEs in recent years. The integration of explorative, clinical, and commercial research forms the core of Oslo Cancer Cluster, a Norwegian Centre of Expertise.
There are also leading scientific communities in neuroscience, particularly in Oslo and Trondheim, with CMBN, The Kavli Centre of Systems Neuroscience and The Centre of Biology of Memory being the most prominent examples.
Medical imaging pioneers
Norway has an internationally leading tradition within in vivo imaging, both for diagnosis and image-guided intervention. Nycomed pioneered modern contrast agents in the 1980s and Vingmed Ultrasound is an international leader on high resolution cardiovascular imaging, both now being part of GE Healthcare.
Front-line research within ultrasound and MRI are also carried out at the industry-sponsored academic center in Trondheim and the integration of image technologies in clinical practice is being explored at The Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital as well as by the “Operating Rooms of the Future” project at St.Olav’s University Hospital in Trondheim, both open to international collaboration.
Excellent access to medical data
The whole Norwegian population of close to 5 mill people benefits from publicly funded high quality healthcare. There are few obstacles to use medical information from various health registries for research purposes, and Norwegians exhibit a high level of trust and confidence in data management of research institutions and companies. This ensures a vast, but safe, data platform for medical enterprises for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, the Norwegian health authorities have made extensive investments in large population-based surveys, creating an outstanding resource of medical samples and life-style data.
Ideal conditions for medical trials
Clinical trial units at hospitals and clinics are designed to perform complex and early phase trials. Highly educated and skilled doctors and nurses are trained to take part in clinical research, resulting in a reputation of delivering on time and with high quality.
Norway is especially known for groundbreaking research within the oncology field, and the clinical trial unit at the Radium hospital and Haukeland University Hospital has extensive experience with conducting advanced clinical trials. Norway is also home to an experienced network specializing in pediatric clinical trials.