President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Business and science cooperation for national progress


Wednesday, October 6, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Mitch Kennedy, Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific – the world leader in serving science – to discuss the company’s expansion in Lithuania and its engagement in promoting cooperation between business and research.

According to the President, successful cooperation between science and business predetermines national progress. It encourages economic development, exports, efficiency, and competitiveness 

“Large companies increasingly often choose Lithuania to do business. This is the best proof that consistent efforts to make Lithuania a more attractive place for foreign investment produce tangible results. Strong links between business and science help to build an innovative economy, increase competitiveness and scientific progress,” the President said.

Large foreign companies have created more than four thousand jobs in Lithuania over the past three years. Lithuania has been listed among the top ten EU countries by the Ease of Doing Business report.

The President underlined that the development of an environment favorable for economic growth not only promoted investment, but also attracted highly qualified researchers and encouraged innovative companies to expand.

With over 50 thousand jobs around the world, Thermo Fisher Scientific employs more than 600 high-skill specialists in Lithuania. Last year, the company opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Vilnius. During his visit to Lithuania, Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific Mitch Kennedy will present the Vilnius University Life Sciences Center with new modern scientific equipment worth over 200 thousand euros.

From the very beginning of her presidency, Dalia Grybauskaitė has placed special focus on science and innovation. Last week, the Seimas passed unanimously the Guidelines for Science and Innovation, initiated by the President, which are aimed at developing a single innovation policy as well as promoting national competitiveness and progress.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.10.20 13:04