Research park merger aims to boost regional growth  

A merger between Research Park Funen and Development Park South creates Denmark's third biggest research park

Erhvervsbladet reports that Odense-based Research Park Funen has merged with Development Park South in Sønderborg, southern Jutland to form Research Parks South Denmark (Syddanske Forskerparker). The merger puts it among Denmark's three biggest research parks. The aim is to closely bind the region's research and development environments with the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. Research Parks South Denmark has the task of supporting increased entrepreneurship with a strong knowledge base. Besides helping create spin-off companies, the initiative will also enable existing companies in the region to obtain assistance with their own R&D. The research parks' subsidiary Southern Denmark Innovation (Syddansk Innovation) has invested DKK 40 million (USD 5.3 million) in several new knowledge based companies that will act as drivers for growth in the region.


The biotech environment in Odense is very dynamic and is attracting leading researchers from many countries. Today, Odense is home to an acknowledged world class cluster in medical and functional proteomics. A high resolution protein separation system has been developed that permits the analysis of more than 20,000 proteins from as little as 1,000 cells.

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