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Health Innovation West presents:

That Human Touch

This podcast showcases some of the cool things happening in West Sweden - and the amazing people making them happen. It's about life science, health innovation and that special human touch.

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Episode 8

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Iris Öhrn, Christian Borg & Petter Björquist

Business Region of Göteborg AB  & Verigraft

This episode has a special focus on Business Region Göteborg's seven life science trends 2024.  The guests discuss the context for the development of the seven key trends, how they are being applied and how they are shaping the future of healthcare not only in Gothenburg, but also globally. 


Episode 7

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Jeanette Edblad

Head of the Swedish Government's Office for Life Sciences

Head of the Swedish Government's Office for Life Sciences, Jeanette Edblad, shares insights on the updated national life science strategy, her reflections from a recent trip to Gothenburg and how West Sweden can contribute to the success of the life science strategy.

Episode 6

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Sara, Sandra and Martin are three young and talented AstraZeneca employees who, through their their passion for technology, life science and equality, came up with the idea of a Hackathon aimed at spreading knowledge about the gender health gap.

Episode 5


Mikael Kubista

Scientist and entrepreuner

Mikael discusses strategies for attracting external investments, navigating innovations in healthcare systems, and updates on his journey post-Tataa Biocenter. He also reflects on the life science ecosystem in West Sweden and beyond. 

Episode 4


Boubou Hallberg

CEO, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Boubou discusses the exciting challenges of healthcare transformation​ and reconciling short-term financial constraints with the long-term vision for Sahlgrenska to be Europe's leading university hospital by 2032.

Episode 3


Kristina Levan

Project Manager, Region Västra Götaland

Kristina shares her perspectives on the opportunities & challenges to bring ATMPs to the patients that need them. This episode also features Mia Ekdahl (AstraZeneca’s HealthWorks) and Jenny Almkvist, (Regional Development for Life Science at Region Västra Götaland).

Episode 2


Maggie Holme

Assistant Professor Chemical Biology at

Chalmers University of Technology

Maggie describes the journey that brought her to
West Sweden and provides insights into working
on a national life science initiative involving close academic and industry collaboration. 

Episode 1


Matti Ahlqvist

Executive Director for AstraZenenca Gothenburg

Matti shares his perspective on why the health innovation system in West Sweden is a cool place to be right now.

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