Mayo Clinic leading Minnesota’s world-class health sector
Next up for the delegation: visit to Minnesota, the US, which was, in fact, reciprocal in nature – Tim Walz, the Governor of Minnesota, just visited Helsinki last year.
“Furthermore, the health sector is extremely strong in the state, with Mayo Clinic often ranked as the best hospital in the world. In addition, the local health sector companies are frequently world-leading in their own areas,” says Juha Paakkola.
Laurence Reszetar, Director, International Business Strategy, from Minnesota Trade Office says that the visit of the Health Capital Helsinki delegation deepened the ties between the two health ecosystems.
“These visits are exceptionally valuable as we can identify solutions to common health challenges and opportunities for collaboration, particularly in areas of diagnostics and digital health – and keeping the data secure from outside threats.”
Reszetar feels that the “secret sauce” behind the successful Minnesota health ecosystem is, ultimately, the people. Minnesotans are doers, he says.
“We build things in our labs and garages and we love solving problems. Plus, we have a virtuous cycle of management, where Minnesotans gain skills and experience in one company and bring that talent to another company to help it grow.”
In addition to Mayo Clinic, the Finnish delegation visited in Minnesota e.g. Destination Medical Center, Medtronic headquarters and Finnish American Chamber of Commerce.
Minnesotan health sector is extremely strong, with Mayo Clinic often ranked as the best hospital in the world.
Doors open for Finnish companies
Reszetar believes that Minnesota is a great place for US market entry because of the people, the companies and great accessibility. Minnesota’s workforce spans the spectrum of the medical ecosystem, from the engineers to the clinicians to the regulatory and reimbursement specialists and to the manufacturing staff and marketers, he says.