The conference will be hosted by Vinnova in association with the Swedish EU presidency in autumn 2009. The aim of the Conference is, in coherency with Lisbon regarding research and development, to enlighten Europe on the subject of public procurement of innovation in the life science area in order to increase the competitiveness in EU and thereby also increase the industrial development. A large part of the GDP in the member states goes to public procurement, which can be used to drive innovation. Participants will learn about the possibilities with public procurement of innovation and see a more advantageous way to make use of public means. The aim is also to enlighten stakeholders and influence their mindset in a way so it contains public procurement of innovation as an obvious alternative when planning procurement. More information on the conference website.