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Unleashing the potential – Life Science from Norway

24. November 2020 @ 08:30 - 13:30

When: Tuesday, November 24th, 8:30 AM – 13:30 PM

Where: Online, All participants will receive a link to access the webinar the day before the event (Monday 23rd)

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The Life Science Cluster is proud to invite you to our webinar Unleashing the potential – Life Science from Norway. As we continue to grow, we are looking at ways to strengthen the cluster, our members, and the industry further. Join us for this webinar, where we explore how to unleash the potential of the life science industry in Norway.

What to expect

Norway is set to become a strong player in the international life science industry. Life science products already make up most of Norwegian health industry exports – and we have just started to scratch the surface of total potential.

– How are life science technologies enabling growth in the marine and agricultural sectors?

– How can we unleash this potential, and what would it mean for Norwegian jobs growth and exports?

Members who have attracted both public and private investors will share the secrets of their success.

We also take a look at growth and export strategies, including the pros and cons of building new industry in Norway. Lastly, we will discuss the role of businesses, universities, research institutions and major companies in the life science ecosystem.


Introductions by: Lotte Skolem, Director Product & Technology at Aker BioMarine AS

08.30: Online networking

9.00: Welcome by Lotte Skolem, Director Product & Technology at Aker BioMarine AS

9.05: State Secretary Lucie Katrine Sunde-Eidem (V) – Opening remarks

09.20: Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen (CEO), The Life Science Cluster: The potential of the Life Science Industry in Norway – our strengths across silos

09.40: Greetings from The Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership, Victoria Marie Evensen

09.50: Edel Anne Norderhus (Director Product Development R&D), Pharmaq AS: From start-up to scale up. How to build a profitable industry in Norway and beyond, combining marine needs and health knowledge

10.10: Erling Sundrehagen (Chief Scientific Officer) & Torsten Knüttel (Vice President Research and Development), Gentian Diagnostics AS: Producing in Norway, selling abroad: How to reach export markets

10.30: Panel discussion: Big corporations and their role in the Ecosystem

Moderator: Christine Fløysand, Founder & CEO at By Nature AS

Marije Oostindjer (Senior Advisor Technical Business Development), Norilia AS

Frode Nakkim (Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager), Bayer AS

Tove Flem Jacobsen (Global Program Leader), GE Healthcare AS

Svein Olaf Hustvedt (Head of Research & Development, Global Omega-3), BASF AS

11.00: Øivind Enger (Partner, Investment Advisor), Sarsia Seed AS & Aitana Peire (Investment Manager), Canica Holding AG: Private investments in the Life Science Industry: Norway on the international scene. Bottle necks, ecosystem & future opportunities

11.20: Helena Strigård (Director General), Sweden Bio: International business development. How to make the most of global networks and value chains

11.40: Håvard Sletta (Research Manger), SINTEF: Future oriented industrial production – How to give Norway a prominent position in the growing global competition

12.00: Agnete B. Fredriksen (Co-founder, President & Chief Scientific Officer), Vaccibody AS: Science to business, Vaccibody as a case

12.20: Panel discussion: Building competitive strengths for the future. How can higher education in Norway strengthen the life science sector?

Moderator: Elise Ramse, Head of People & Organization, Novartis AS

Carl Henrik Gørbitz (Director UiO:Life Science), University of Oslo

Anne Berit Walter (Programme Coordinator), Oslo Met

Ågot Aakra (Dean), Norwegian University of Life Sciences

12.50: Lotte Skolem & Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen: Concluding remarks


24. November 2020
08:30 - 13:30
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