Innovation and industry collaboration

  • Innovation support – develop a good idea further 
  • Assessment of project status and guide to “next steps” 
  • Support in developing a regulatory strategy 
  • Support on contacting TTO, relevant DLN projects and networks   
  • Support on business model strategy 
  • Support on funding schemes 
  • Training programs supporting innovation and commercialisation processes

Financial support


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Alexandra Patriksson

Beate Rygg Johnsen

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From research to value – innovation in the centre

The centre’s research projects are selected on a basis of a transdisciplinary approach applied on a biological system with implications for a societal challenge, such as supporting sustainable growth in aquaculture or healthy brain function and mental illness. All projects in the centre develop or use computational methods and approaches. The projects have a clear aim and ambition that their efforts will contribute to future solutions and value creation within the areas of health, marine, agriculture and forestry, or process industry. The centre  support the member projects to create innovation and accelerate commercialization originating from their research.

A roadmap for academic research-intensive innovation

The project “A roadmap for academic research-intensive innovation" that is funded by the Research Council of Norway is associated with the centre and managed from UiO. In the first phase of the project, an analysis is first made of the current situation and strengths and weaknesses in the ecosystem. Then we look at similar initiatives in other countries and see what we can learn from them, before preparing a strategy and action plan for phase two which is the main project where the plan is implemented and the projects in the center are used in pilots for testing activities.

Digitalization speeds up business development

In 2017 the Centre for Digital Life Norway conducted a thorough analysis of the digital biotech market in Norway collaboration with Menon Economics. The analysis concluded that the actors in all four sectors – health, aquaculture, agriculture and industry – in both private and public sector experience that digital biotech is necessary to foster future value creation and business development. However, more competence and stronger collaboration are needed. The main findings can be summarized into the following:

  • Digitalization may reduce extensive development tracks and the relatively high development costs in the biotech sector.
  • Speeding up development and reducing time to market increases access to risk capital. 
  • Digitalization may speed up data gathering and analysis, increase knowledge, increase production efficiency, and improve product quality.  
  • Digital oriented biotech companies have fewer challenges in relation to innovation and commercialization compared to the more biological oriented companies.  

Download the report “Digital Biotech in Norway – Opportunities for value creation, competence needs, and challenges in business development”. (In Norwegian – Den digitale bioteknologien i Norge – muligheter for verdiskaping, kompetansebehov og utfordringer i næringsutvikling).