Crossing borders in Reproductive Medicine
Ideas and innovation are not limited by state borders or boundaries between scientific fields, nor is ReproUnion. ReproUnion is a cross-border collaboration between Denmark and Sweden within the field of Reproductive Medicine where the universities, hospitals, and the life science industry in the Oresund region have joined forces to provide the best care with the most modern assisted reproductive technologies to all patients in the region.
This multidisciplinary project, which is co-funded by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, is addressing reproductive diseases by focusing on research related to underlying causes, securing access to highly specialized reproductive treatments, and providing preventative initiatives for infertility. By crossing borders and bringing together different fields of expertise, research and hospital facilities, registries, and biobanks, synergies develop across the Sound that will improve the education of the younger generation of reproductive scientists and doctors, improve current and future reproductive technologies and ultimately improve the reproductive care of the patients in the region.
Public-private partnerships like ReproUnion are an important part of the solution to the future challenges facing our healthcare system and it is an example of how we can work together across borders and disciplines to create the best possible conditions for creating a direct link between life science research and innovation and patient care. It’s about science, innovation, and growth but first and foremost it’s about putting the patient’s needs first!
The story of a successful collaboration
Historically, the region of Oresund – also known as Medicon Valley – has a strong international position within the field of reproductive medicine. The current ReproUnion project is building on three previous projects that have received economical support from Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak.
The partnership has been recognized both regionally and internationally. In December 2013, ReproHigh was awarded, by the Capital Region of Denmark and the Region Skane in Sweden, the “Oresund Award in Health” – given to promote groundbreaking collaborations in health research and clinical work. In 2018 the ReproUnion project was nominated by the European Commission as a finalist in the RegioStars Award in the category “Creating better access to public services”. This is a recognition by the European Commission of the importance of the project’s cross-border focus which strives at providing all citizens in the Oresund region equal access to highly specialized reproductive treatment irrespective of which side of the Sound they live.
With the results and experiences from previous projects, the partnership has laid down the foundation for cross-border collaborations between clinics and academia across the Sound as well as established a coordinating management unit. In the light of this previous phase of consolidation, the partnership stands ready to bring the research within reproductive medicine in the region to the next level. The new project is called ReproUnion 2.0 and marks the beginning of a new research and innovation paradigm within reproductive medicine in the Oresund region. The new project is Challenge-oriented and the partnership has identified five major future global reproductive Challenges with great individual and societal concern.
We are fueled with enthusiasm from our history and results and ready to commit ourselves in this next chapter to provide the citizens in the Oresund region with better treatments and health services within the field of reproductive medicine. We are also ready to contribute to help solve one of our greatest demographic and economic challenges of our time; infertility. With this background, we have already started to look forward to the future.