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City of Odense

Odense is Denmark's third largest city with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Odense is located in the heart of Denmark.

Odense gathers some of Denmark’s most interesting activities within robotics and health tech and that makes Odense a great meeting point. We provide strong public support to new investors and companies that relocate to Odense, and every day more than EUR 1m is invested in infrastructure, growth & construction to transform Odense into an internationally recognised city of knowledge.

Region of Southern Denmark

The Region of Southern Denmark is one of five administrative units in Denmark. The region is responsible for healthcare, social institutions, and regional development in the southern part of Denmark. The primary responsibility of the Region of Southern Denmark is healthcare, which implies responsibility for hospital services, psychiatry, health insurance, general practitioners, and specialists. Furthermore, the region runs a number of social institutions.

The Region of Southern Denmark consists of 22 municipalities and has 1.2m citizens. The administration of the Region of Southern Denmark is located in the city of Vejle.

The Region of Southern Denmark is the largest workplace in the region, employing around 25,000 people – mainly health professionals. The Region of Southern Denmark has an annual budget of DKK 20.3 bn.


The public healthcare sector all over the world faces many challenges. We must provide high-quality healthcare to a population that lives longer and has higher demands than ever.

For that reason, the Region of Southern Denmark has committed itself strongly to health technology and innovation for years. The objective is to create economic growth and jobs, to ensure a highly efficient healthcare sector and to increase the quality in health for our citizens.

Through the years, many delegations visited the region to learn more about results within digital health and technology, patient empowerment, cross-sector collaboration and treatment in the patients’ own home. Furthermore, our experience in public private cooperation developing the regional health care sector often arouse great interest among visitors.

Our partnership in WHINN – Week of Health and INNovation - is a proof of our commitment to a strong healthcare sector.

We are looking forward to meeting international experts and influencers for a great week of knowledge sharing and networking. - Jorgen Bjelskou, COO, Region of Southern Denmark


Welfare Tech

Welfare Tech operates a national cluster in Denmark. It is a hub for innovation and business development in healthcare, home care and social services. Welfare Tech is a membership organisation with members from private industry, public organisations and research and education institutions. Welfare Tech operates as a national entry point and test bed for international companies who want to enter the Danish and European market.

“Welfare Tech is a partner in WHINN because it is a great opportunity for our members to gain new insight and establish new collaboration in Denmark and internationally. It is a great venue for collaborative innovation in health and care." CEO, Christian Graversen, Welfare Tech


Odense University Hospital

Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital (also known as OUH) is one of four main hospital centres in Denmark, and is the largest hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark.
All medical specialities are covered in OUH's 52 clinical departments, and the hospital has over 1000 beds, 11,000 employees and an operating budget of approx. €835 million per year. In spite of covering a wide array of patients, ranging from simple procedures to complex and rare diseases, the average length of stay for patients is only 3.4 days.

OUH is a university hospital with research in all clinical areas – including medical technology. It is highly specialised in a large number of fields; diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, allergies, paediatrics, infectious diseases, rheumatic and connective tissue disorders, to name a few. OUH collaborates with researchers and practitioners worldwide to ensure that the latest knowledge and research is always applied.

In addition to performing high-level clinical research, OUH is recognized as an international frontrunner in clinical innovation and telemedicine, and is part of a number of international networks and EU initiatives, among them the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), where OUH and the Region of Southern Denmark is a 4-star reference site. In Denmark, OUH is the leading hospital in using apps and digital solutions for both patient communication and staff work-flows. More than 30,000 patients use the app: "My Patient Journey".

OUH has been involved in WHINN since the beginning in 2015 and has contributed by hosting conferences and networking events.


WHINN is a unique event, gathering all of the major players in health and health technology to create synergy and network. For Odense University Hospital, WHINN is a great opportunity to show our work to the world, share experiences with peers and expand our already large international network to find new research partnerships and state-of-the-art solutions.

The WHINN conference is a key event to help us advance the work with innovative health technology at the hospital and throughout the Region of Southern Denmark, so we ensure the use of the best intelligent solutions for the benefit of our patients and staff” says Peder Jest, hospital director at OUH.



Healthcare DENMARK

Healthcare DENMARK is your gateway to Danish healthcare excellence and innovation. Healthcare DENMARK’s goal is not to sell or promote specific products or solutions, but to communicate the efficiency of the Danish healthcare and the innovations that have contributed to and continuously future-proof our healthcare system. Denmark is already an international front runner in the field, and Healthcare DENMARK supports this leading position and promotes Danish visibility internationally.

WHINN has established itself as an internationally recognized annual conference, which provides important insights and updates on current healthcare developments and topics. The opportunity to combine a delegation visit with a visit to the WHINN conference has been appreciated by many of our delegations throughout the years and we look forward to welcoming delegations to the 2019 WHINN conference. - Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Healthcare DENMARK.


UCL University College

Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt have merged and are now UCL University College Denmark.

A merger with high expectations for the future

With the merger between Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt the new institution UCL University College Denmark will stand even stronger in the effort of preparing the students for the challenges in an ever-changing world. This way we will still be able to educate for the future. 

We will shape the future

The institution takes active part in shaping the innovation, growth, development, and welfare of the future for both the students and the private and public job market.

The new institution is a powerful and resourceful regional educational institution with more than 10,000 full-time students, approx. 1,000 employees and with a yearly revenue of about DKK 800m.

Together Lillebaelt Academy and University College Lillebaelt are able to:

  • Strengthen the common DNA: Theory and practice are closely related and so is the relation and cooperation with our surroundings.
  • Prepare the students for the cooperation across professions and to succeed professionally in the businesses of the future.
  • Develop new study programmes by using the newest technology and by combining professions in a new way.

University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark has 30,000 students, more than 15 per cent come from abroad.
At SDU Health technologies we develop tomorrow’s health technology. We conduct world-class research in e.g. robotics, medical tech and medicine, and we always strive to contribute to the innovation and improvement of existing technologies.

The number of tasks in the health care system is increasing, and there is a political focus on developing new technologies to meet these demands. The technologies are multifarious and go under the names of telemedicine, health IT and welfare technology.

University of Southern Denmark is a key player in the successful health innovation ecosystem
centred around the Region of Southern Denmark. WHINN is a great opportunity to share our own results related to health innovation and to interact with and learn from peers around the world, says Professor Uffe Kock Wiil, Head of SDU Health Informatics and Technology.