Collaboration takes center stage at NMMP 2023

The annual National Molecular Medicine Program (NMMP) event took place in Stockholm between 26-28 April. The event’s main focus was collaboration, bringing fellows from medical, biological, and data sciences together to form new friendships and potential future partnerships. New for 2023 was the inclusion of Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) fellows, adding another layer to the networking nature of the event, which will be called Program for Academic Leaders (PALS) in 2024. The main day opened with a presentation from SciLifeLab Director Olli Kallioniemi and was followed by multiple inspiring keynotes from leading figures in the life science field.

In his opening talk, Olli Kallioniemi spoke on how to optimize the collaborative process, which set the stage for the event. “Naturally, everyone here is very competitive, but I urge you to put that mindset aside and focus on how you can best work with each other,” says SciLifeLab Director Olli Kallioniemi.

This journey would eventually lead to David and Professor Shankar Balasubramanian starting a company called Solexa which later got acquired by Illumina, reducing the cost of sequencing by a factor of a million using sequencing-by-synthesis technology. “It just shows you that it is possible to go from a piece of paper to something widely applied worldwide in ten years,” Klenerman says.

The day continued with highly appreciated SciLifeLab Infrastructure flash talks by ten different SciLifeLab platform coordinators who briefly presented their platform and explained how to collaborate with them.

In summary, the event was a massive success and appreciated by all the attending fellows and keynote speakers. Some seeds of collaboration can already be seen just days after the event ended.


Last updated: 2023-05-03

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