Embassy hosts launch of a New Zealand/Swedish medical innovation
The Embassy hosted a launch of a new medical innovation at the New Zealand Residence on May 24. The open surgery medical device was developed by Fisher and Paykel Healthcare New Zealand, Cardia Innovation and the Karolinska Institute/Hospital: a true joint New Zealand/Swedish venture.
Guests included representatives from Cardia Innovation, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and the Karolinska Institute, medical journalists and representatives from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs. Because of the Ambassador's sudden illness, Trade Commissioneer Marcus Scoliège of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Hamburg welcomed the guests.
Ms Karin Johansson, State Secretary at the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs, spoke appreciatively of this example of collaboration between Sweden and New Zealand in the healthcare field. She then officially launched the product by cutting ribbons in the colours of the New Zealand and Swedish flags. This was followed by a toast with Montana Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée.
Professor Jan van der Linden of the Karolinska Institute gave a brief demonstration of the product on a prototype that was in place at the Residence and guests were encouraged to examine it and ask questions.