The Danish maritime cluster could learn from the giants of medicine

Professor Børge Diderichsen, Novo Nordisk, was one of the advisors behind the recently published catalog of ideas for the Danish Maritime Authority, which suggests a massive buildup in research, development, and education. He says that the maritime cluster in Denmark could easily benefit from some of the experiences of the medical industry.

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The Danish maritime cluster could benefit greatly from many of the successful experiences of the Danish medical industry when it comes to research, training, and recruitment of competent employees and talents, says Professor Børge Diderichsen, vice president, Corporate Research Affairs, Novo Nordisk, who was one of the advisors working on the catalog of ideas for the Danish Maritime Authority prepared by ATV (The Academy of Technical Sciences). Børge Diderichsen says it will take a lot of work over a period of as much as 10 years, and he adds that an ambitious plan such as this does not come cheap.

“I have no trouble seeing elements from our industry being transferred to the maritime cluster. But there are of course differences, and in the medical industry we have the advantage that there are three fairly big companies, which have a mutual interest in many of the skills we want to build and train, without being straight-up competitors. We compete on talents, not products, and so we have a mutual interest in a strong environment of competence. Compared to the maritime industry, of course, we have the advantage of large research budgets,” says Børge Diderichsen, one of the minds behind the industry’s establishing and co-financing of research schools, along with other initiatives.

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