Report by Digital Life Norway gives new insight on how to boost innovation from academic research

Norway has an ambition to build a strong industry in the digital life sciences. The report TO BE: Moving the Digital Life Sciences in Norway towards increased innovation - Lessons from international innovation practices is based on 13 case studies from nine countries and examines international practice in supporting research-based innovation and entrepreneurship. The report provides targeted lessons on how to stimulate more innovation from academic research, with particular focus on digital life sciences.

The TO BE report Moving the Digital Life Sciences in Norway towards increased innovation - Lessons from international innovation practices gives new insight on how to boost innovation from academic research. The main authors behind the report are Alexandra Patriksson from Centre for Digital Life Norway and Erik Arnold from Technopolis Group. In addition, the following have contributed with their expertise; Randi Elisabeth Taxt, Amanda Bengtsson Jallow, Göran Melin, Reda Nausedaite, Kalle Nielsen, Jonatan Ryd, Peter Varnai, Arnoldo Frigessi, Anders Braarud Hanssen and Beate Rygg Johnsen.

The report is a valuable resource to everyone working to escalate research-based innovation in Norway, as it summarizes lessons from seven different domains:

The report concludes the first phase of the strategic project “A roadmap for academic research-intensive innovation”, funded by the Research Council of Norway and Digital Life Norway. This work builds on the first report called “AS IS” published in 2020, which examined Norwegian research and innovation systems and identified challenges and weaknesses that could be improved to increase the innovation rate from academic digital life science research.

The project will now launch several experiments and pilot initiatives based on lessons presented in the TO BE report, over the next four years with a funding of 25 MNOK.

Arnoldo Frigessi
UiO Professor Arnoldo Frigessi - project manager for the project A roadmap for academic research-intensive innovation and member of Centre for Digital Life Norway's Expert Task Force

Professor Arnoldo Frigessi at University of Oslo (UiO), who is the project manager and member of DLN's Expert Task Force, emphasizes that this TO BE report is unique because of the methods used to assemble the learning, the depth and breadth of the study and the connection to the strong portfolio of scientific projects in digital life in Norway.

“In the next phase, we will experiment with 30-40 different ideas, inspired and tested internationally and adapted to our situations, each with the aim to help the transition of academic ideas into products, ideas, services, solutions, which make an impact in society, "says Frigessi, and points out that "Many of these pilots have not been tested before in Norway. We will work closely together with other relevant actors, in all of Norway. This will also help to build new enthusiasm for innovation in academia."

The output of the Roadmap project is a set of documented recommendations which move research towards innovation in digital life sciences.

 

About the TO BE report

The main authors behind the report Moving the Digital Life Sciences in Norway towards increased innovation - Lessons from international innovation practices are Alexandra Patriksson from Centre for Digital Life Norway and Erik Arnold from Technopolis Group. In addition, the following have contributed with their expertise; Randi Elisabeth Taxt, Amanda Bengtsson Jallow, Göran Melin, Reda Nausedaite, Kalle Nielsen, Jonatan Ryd, Peter Varnai, Arnoldo Frigessi, Anders Braarud Hanssen and Beate Rygg Johnsen.

The Centre for Digital Life Norway is a national centre for biotechnology and digital life-science research, education and innovation. The centre facilitates transdisciplinary collaboration across institutions, fields of research and the research projects in the centre. The centre is a collaborative project between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO), the University of Bergen (UiB), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo University Hospital (OUS), SINTEF and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Technopolis Group provides evidence-based policy advice and insights with offices in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Their experts support decision makers who want to tackle environmental or societal issues or look to achieve fair and sustainable growth through science, technology, innovation, health and education.

Published Feb. 28, 2022 10:11 AM - Last modified Feb. 28, 2022 10:11 AM