Those who opt for a career in the health sector usually do so for two main reasons. Firstly, there is certainly an interest in medical topics. Secondly, the aim of contributing to social progress and wellbeing plays a key role. At the LNS, both are on the agenda – every day. As a health laboratory operating according to international standards, we are part of the resilient backbone of Luxembourg’s healthcare system. As such, we rely on excellence, and on multidisciplinary teams in which individual competences combine to offer state-of-the-art services for patients and stakeholders.
In addition, our focus is also on innovation. In other words, our employees increasingly have the opportunity to live professional innovation, always with the aim of being able to serve the country and its people even better. 2021 was a special year in this context. Whilst in 2020 we as the LNS showed that we can handle a crisis, in 2021 we created the basis for our “New Normal”. This New Normal does not entail reverting back to the pre-COVID-19 situation, but rather strengthens it with the experience gained since the outbreak of the pandemic to form a sustainable whole – new and normal.
Scientific excellence and innovation were a central theme at the LNS last year across all departments and at all levels. In the development of our value system, we opted for a structured and collaborative approach. Last year, we have succeeded in bringing on board expertise in both international industry and the Luxembourgish landscape. In close cooperation, our entire team developed and coordinated a strategic approach to innovation since the end of 2020, and in 2021 laid the sustainable foundations for the LNS’s role as an innovative health player with broad impact.
As a result of this common initiative, the wind of scientific excellence has been blowing through the LNS’ sails since 2021 – and from all directions. It is about expertise as well as technology – and often about human/ machine interface, which is versatile and always first-class at the LNS. Thus, we have made targeted investments in cutting-edge technology and, in parallel, added further expertise to our international team. In addition, we have established numerous partnerships, both nationally and internationally, and become a driving force in the training of medical professionals at the University of Luxembourg.
2021 was hence another essential year for us as the LNS, with the addition of exciting new chapters to our corporate story. You will find some of them in this report; woven together they also tell the story of an innovative health player, always evolving with passion and patience to make the lives of people in Luxembourg – and beyond – better and healthier. With this in mind, I wish you an inspiring read.
Prof. Dr Friedrich Mühlschlegel