California and the Nordics join forces to Propel Nordic Life Sciences Startups

  • The Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) joins forces with the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) to give Nordic startups access to potential partners and capital
  • The Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship is coordinated in Finland by Turku Science Park Ltd
  • Finnish Tezted has been accepted to participate the Spring 2019 FAST accelerator program

The Nordic life sciences ecosystem is further expanding its operations in the U.S. to gain access to potential partners, capital and new insights into the digitization of life sciences. The Nordic Mentor Network of Entrepreneurship (NOME) has embarked on a shared journey with the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), a non-profit organization which supports entrepreneurship, STEM education and workforce development for the life science industry in California.

Located in one of the world’s most experienced and mature life science clusters, the San Francisco Bay Area, the California Life Sciences Institute has built a network of over 300 experienced industry professionals, and has more than five years’ experience guiding startups toward commercialization through its FAST accelerator program for life science entrepreneurs.

“As CLSI continues to expand its services to a broader community of life science entrepreneurs from across the globe, we are particularly pleased to have this opportunity to work with NOME,” said Steve Karp, CLSI Executive Director for Innovation Services. “NOME and CLSI are strongly aligned in our bottoms-up approach to driving innovation. The Nordics and the Bay Area both have an abundance of cutting-edge life science technology with a committed patient focus. We look forward to sharing know-how for the benefit of both clusters.”

The program will start in the first quarter of 2019, during which the selected companies will meet with a group of 2-3 mentors per company via conference call to align goals and expectations. The core of the program will be a full five-day session in San Francisco in mid-June coordinated with the Spring 2019 FAST Showcase where companies from NOME, the Bay Area and Canada – all working with CLSI–will present to a distinguished audience of life sciences startups, executives, and investors.

NOME is an elite Nordic Mentoring network matchmaking promising life science, medtech and e-health projects and startups based in the Nordics with world class mentors.

Turku Science Park Ltd (coordinator for the program in Finland), Vertical, Accelerace, Karolinska Institutet Innovations, Medicon Village, Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator and Aleap are cooperating to find the best match of mentors and entrepreneurs in the Nordics.

“Thanks to the joint forces the next NOME US trip will take place in June 2019. We are really happy to see the Finnish Tezted Oy, an alumni from our accelerator programs, among the selected companies, “, said Ms. Hanna Halme from Turku Science Park Ltd.

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