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Innovation Centre Denmark Boston

The Innovation Center links up Danish researchers and companies with American actors in Boston's ecosystem for innovation. ICDK Boston has a particular focus on life science, artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as energy and energy efficiency.

Originally, Kendall Square was just an intersection. Then a whole district was named after the junction of Kendall Square. Now the area is known as the most innovative square kilometer on earth. Kendall Square represents everything the Boston area is known for; more than 50 universities and countless R&D departments for leading technology-based global companies, new opportunities and the most excellent research. In the city center alone you find more than 500 start-ups, and more than 1000 Biotech companies.

The hot topic in Boston is Life Sciences in its broadest sense; from Biotech over Medtech to Digital Health. With the many Life Science companies right here, Kendall Square has become a global epicenter. However, it is not the number that is unique, but the coherence and the interdependence that make the Boston ecosystem something special. An example is IBM's online platform for creating, supporting and developing city startups. The boundaries between knowledge institutions such as MIT and companies like IBM are paper-thin, which helps Boston's innovative ecosystem to keep booming.

Massive investments and technological breakthroughs

In addition to being a significant innovation and research area, Boston is also part of the world´s elite in venture capital investments: In 2017, more than $ 7 billion were invested in the state of Massachusetts. Here, the platform for Tech startups is usually a scientific approach or a technological breakthrough.

Boston is a driving force in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Scientific research in AI goes as far back as to the early 60s, where researchers, especially at MIT, began working with AI. Massachusetts is also one of the most progressive states in the United States in fulfilling the goal of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The most recent result of this venture is the establishment of the largest offshore windmill park in the US, Vineyard Winds, just south of Boston, which is being developed with Danish know-how.

Proximity within the ecosystem

With its central position at Kendall Square, Innovation Center Denmark Boston is ready to strengthen the access for Danish research environments and companies to one of the most leading research and innovation hubs in the world, with particular focus on Life Science, AI and energy. The team at the innovation center is able to introduce Danish research institutions and companies to anyone from universities and public authorities to start-ups and R&D departments at the large companies.

Innovation attaché Torben Orla Nielsen

Torben Orla Nielsen is the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's innovation attaché in Boston. During the period 2013-2017, Torben was posted as the Ministry's attaché at ICDK in Seoul, which he helped establish. Previous to this, he worked as Head of Business Development at Scion DTU. He has also worked for the GTS secretariat.

Torben has many years of experience in working both strategically and practically to facilitate partnerships with focus on research institutions, entrepreneurs and companies, and he has an extensive network in the Danish innovation ecosystem..

Attaché in Boston


Torben Orla Nielsen is stationed as innovation attaché at Innovation Centre Denmark.


Phone: ++1 (857) 424 8785