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.

The AS IS report - 18 June 2020

This is the first report in the  project called “A roadmap for academic research-intensive innovation”, commissioned on behalf of the Digital Life Norway (DLN) project by the University of Oslo. The project is in three parts. This report discusses DLN and its context in the Norwegian research and innovation system. It is partly descriptive (so that we have a basis for comparison with other examples of research-intensive innovation) and partly diagnostic in order to understand strengths and weaknesses of the project. The next stage involves looking at and learning from good examples internationally and comparing them to DLN in order to identify potential lessons. The third part charts the way forward – partly for the benefit of DLN and partly to draw more general lessons for similar future efforts in Norway.

Download the first report here: Digital Life Norway AS IS Report - 18 June 2020

The TO BE report - 3 December 2021

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 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 2021, 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.

Download the TO BE report here: Moving the Digital Life Sciences in Norway towards increased innovation - Lessons from international innovation practices

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).