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A partnership worth celebrating

Higher Education Minister Morten Østergaard's speech at celebratory dinner with Lundbeck and Otsuka at the National Gallery of Denmark 28 November 2011.

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Dear ambassador, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here tonight at the National Gallery of Denmark. And it is an honour to be a part of the celebration of a historical Danish-Japanese partnership.

The partnership underlines Denmark's and Japan's global position of strength within the development of innovative medicine. And the cooperation further strengthens the ties between Denmark and Japan. This is definitely a partnership worth celebrating.

Innovation and research on the agenda

The world is challenged. The world is challenged by climate change, lack of clean water, an energy crisis, hunger, epidemics and explosive demographic changes.

Many of the answers to these challenges are provided by research and innovation. This is why the Danish Government wants to increase the innovation capacity in Denmark. And this is why we will draw up Denmark's first real innovation strategy.

Denmark has many global positions of strength. We must couple our core competences with global challenges and find innovative and intelligent solutions. This is not unlike the approach of your two companies.

I know that both Otsuka and Lundbeck focus on truly innovative approaches, taking unconventional paths to drug development and commercialisation, and share the belief that doing so eventually leads to innovative products.

The medical needs related to CNS disease are often overlooked. And the related medical healthcare costs are substantial. I hope that the partnership between Otsuka and Lundbeck can be a stepping stone for a breakthrough in the treatment of CNS diseases.

International cooperation

Here at the National Gallery of Denmark you can visit exhibitions showing both Danish and international art. And you can find both ancient and contemporary art. Perhaps this is a good mirror image of Denmark. We are an old nation, regional rooted but with a modern and international outlook.

Denmark is an open nation, utilising the opportunities presented by globalisation. We cooperate with global research environments. And we look beyond our borders to find inspiration and new ideas. Collaboration breeds knowledge.

Investing in research and innovation is a crucial prerequisite for providing for Denmark's future. It helps build a foundation for future jobs and welfare.

Quality research environments provide quality education and they also attract foreign companies, create jobs and investment in Denmark. And we do welcome foreign companies.

We appreciate that Danish companies cooperate with strong partners, thereby creating solutions to great challenges as well as growth in industry and workplaces. I am therefore very happy with this partnership between Otsuka and Lundbeck.

Japan excels in research and is a powerhouse when it comes to innovation. And I know that Danish companies have very good experiences working together with Japanese companies. I do not know exactly why. But it seems like our culture and working methods are a good match.

A historical partnership

Dear ambassador. Ladies and gentlemen. We need research. We need innovation. And we need international cooperation to create solutions to the great challenges of the future.

I hope that the partnership between Otsuka and Lundbeck will be successful in finding solutions to the challenges you meet. And I hope you will bring forward new treatments for some of the world's most harmful and disabling diseases.

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to both Otsuka and Lundbeck. This is a historical partnership. And it is definitely a partnership worth celebrating.

Thank you.

last modified Dec 07, 2021