Norway - United Kingdom Business Conference


Aberdeen and London

14 - 16  September 2022


Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the official visit to the United Kingdom by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit planned for 14 - 16 September will not take place.

In consultation with the Royal House of Norway and the Norwegian Government, Innovation Norway has cancelled the accompanying business delegation from Norway to the United Kingdom.

Detailed programme: Health 


14th of September, Leeds   

08:00 - 16:00 Health tech and Life Science: Health Tech innovations across the pond   

  • Location: Leeds and Innovation PopUp 
  • Organiser: Oslo Cancer Cluster, Norway Health Tech and Smart Care Cluster 
  • Contact: Trine Radmann 
  • Counterpart UK: Leeds Teaching University Hospital. Contact: Chris McKee 

UK is one of the most interesting markets in Europe today, with a long and outstanding collaboration and relation with Norway. The advantages of geographical proximity, English language and cultural similarity reduce barriers for market entry significantly. Because of Brexit and its consequences, the UK is more interested than before to develop a closer collaboration with Norwegian health tech and life science companies. The market for medical technologies has similar growth as we see in Norway and is the third largest medical device market in Europe.  

The United Kingdom is a professional health market and is like the Norwegian market in terms of regulatory approval and who is the paying customer (public health service). The trade agreements Norway has entered with the United Kingdom safeguard the export of Norwegian products independently of Brexit. United Kingdom is also an important reference market for the Norwegian and global health industry, which means that it will be easier to scale in other markets after introduction in this market. 

Norwegian strong position with the broad network and basis of hundreds of young start-ups and scale up companies in health tech, is of great interest for the UK health market. The Norwegian way of delivering and sharing knowledge along i.e., health institutions are an attractive collaboration platform for health institutions in the UK. Norway Health Tech, along with the other clusters, experience attractiveness on the building of new hospitals in Norway, from hospitals, AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) and NHS in the UK.  


WHY the UK and WHY health tech and life sciences? 

The UK is a prime location to identify innovation and to research, develop and evaluate products and services in the National Health Service (NHS) serving nearly 67 million people, one of the world's best healthcare system - a test bed for your global market development.  

  • Dedicated infrastructure to support research, development and evaluation across the entire product innovation pathway. 

  • National agencies working together to improve the NHS innovation pipeline and adoption process for streamlined market entry. 

  • Significant commercial sector within connected clusters across the UK, the #1 life sciences cluster in Europe, offering wide range of affordable location options to suit company needs.  

  • Government commitment to innovation underpinned by sustained partnership with industry through Sector Deals and new Life Sciences Vision that has already realised more than £3 billion in joint investment  

Matching and health tech programs for companies and clusters  

16th of September, London 

  • Location: Royal Horticulture, Lindley Hall, London, MAP 

08:30 – 10:45 Registration, coffee, tea and networking/Exhibition and Curative meetings    

11:00 - 12:00 Plenary opening: TOWARDS 2030: Promoting creative thinking and pushing technological boundaries  (more info)

11:45 - 15:00 Exhibition & curative meetings:  

Stand 1: Music Technology 

Stand 2: New Tech for Audiovisual Industries 

Stand 3: Tech City Executive Accelerator (TEA) London 

Stand 4: Health-tech 

Stand 5: Smart Cities & Mobility  

Stand 6: Agritech 

Stand 7: Space Technology  

Stand 8: Fintech 

11:45 – 15:00  Exhibitions & curative meetings: Scaling up tech- and creative industries  

The exhiition is a marketplace and a networking arena open to all participants of the plenary opening. Participants will be able to meetcompanies supplying innovative solutions to different industries such as health, mobility, food production, music, and film. The overall theme is scale up and growth, with access to markets and capital being central. The exhibition will feature scheduled meetings between companies, cooperationpartners, and/or investors. In this part of the programme, the aim is to follow up the discussions from the plenary opening and execute on cooperation in the different tech and creative industries 

Stand 4: Health-Tech 

UK is one of the most interesting markets in Europe for Norwegian healthtech, AI health and life science companies. The market for medical technologies has similar growth as in Norway and is the third largest medical device market in Europe. The UK professional health market is similar to the Norwegian market in terms of regulatory approval and public health service. Norway and UK have a trade agreement, enabling export and the UK market as an important reference market for the Norwegian solutions entering a global market. The aim is to strengthen a long and outstanding collaboration and relation between UK and Norway within scaling up health tech, AI health and life science companies and collaboration with health institutions in the UK. UK and Norway have both renown universal health care systems with national health data/biobank infrastructure that creates interest from all over the world. Collaboration can utilize these competitive advantages for international success in health innovation.Companies Participating:   



Contact Innovation Norway

Head of delegations, Anja Fallan Gustavsen, email, (+47) 948 75 232

Press contact, Anders Vinnogg, email (+47) 936 69 204

Programme manager, Sigridur Thormodsdottir, email

UK office manager, Hilde Hukkelberg, email  


All participants must register on this website to attend

UK business organisations and trade associations attend free of charge.

Norwegian businesses, organisations, and research institutions pay a fee, based on size of organisation: large NOK 10 000; medium NOK 7 500; small NOK 5 000 more information here (Norwegian only). The fee will be invoiced ahead of participation and is per person and the same regardless of the number of events attended.