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Sara Sjögren
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What is life science?

Life science is an interdisciplinary field shaped through the convergence of engineering, physics and mathematics. This field deals with living things and life processes and is one of two main branches of natural science. Research relates to a range of different fields, with the central objective of enhancing human quality of life and well-being. The concept includes biotechnology and medical technology as well as medications, but also adjacent fields such as the environment and sustainability. Medical technology, medications, foods and agriculture are all industries that come under the umbrella of life science. The other main branch of natural science is physical science, which – unlike life science – has nothing to do with living matter.

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Innovative research saves lives

We need to constantly improve our understanding of humans if we are to going to be able to develop the healthcare system and care that we need. We are living in a growing world, which means more people and an ageing population to look after. As a result, requirements and demands for new methods for diagnosis, custom biological drugs and technical solutions, for example, are on the increase. Much of this work involves devising new, cost-effective solutions that even more people can use.

The technical solutions of today and tomorrow offer enormous opportunities. Using digital services and products to help people to see, hear or even run is all part of the big picture. Using nanotechnology to detect, prevent and treat cancer is another. Life science research in many fields therefore has a crucial part to play in the promotion of global healthcare.

A future in life science

The major challenge in this respect involves responding to future global demand. The rapid pace of development is making stringent demands of technological growth. This is why it is important to respond to the demand for manpower in the life science sector. Not just with a view to creating more jobs locally, either: every new resource in the industry has the potential to change the lives of many people, somewhere in the world.

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