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Lack of IT specialists could hamper life science growth

Novo Nordisk and the Danish Chamber of Commerce warn that the Danish life science industry will need more hands, especially within IT, if the growth seen over the past decades is to continue. Investments in education and international recruitment are two parts of the solution, they say.

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Over the past few decades, the Danish life science sector has grown to become one of the most important cornerstones in the country’s industry. The sector generated a total revenue of just under DKK 250bn (USD 36.8bn) in 2018, and in 2020, life science exports surpassed DKK 150bn (USD 22.1bn) – equating to a fifth of Danish exports. The sector also paid more than DKK 24bn (USD 3.5bn) in taxes in the country.

The Danish Chamber of Commerce calls the sector ”completely essential to the Danish economy,” but a new analysis shows that there will be a lack of workers, particularly IT specialists, in the run up to 2030, and this could threaten the future growth of the sector.

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