About Biotech North


Biotech North is an innovation cluster within biotechnology and biomarine sector in northern Norway.

The unique marine resources from the Arctic, modern labs with highly advanced equipment, local infrastructure and a well-organized business incubator give (start-up) companies the opportunity to develop their operations successfully. It also makes Biotech North a knowledge hub for blue bioeconomy based on biotechnology competence on the world class level.

As bioactive molecules and compounds from Arctic marine resources form the basis of activities for the majority of the cluster members, Biotech North serves as a marine biotech cluster. The industry actors are established based on utilizing rest raw material and marine bioprospecting.

Of Biotech North’s 38 members, 22 are biotech entrepreneurs and companies from fisheries and aquaculture. Others are R&D players and innovation actors. Our services aim to strengthen innovation and internationalization of the biotech cluster. We provide courses and workshops, network activities, cluster development activities and marketing and profiling services. Biotech North is financially supported by Innovation Norway and Troms County. Biotech North’s secretariat is in Tromsø.

Biotech North story

From Tromsø it is a short way to the Arctic Sea. We have a rich tradition of demanding expeditions and cautious use of marine resources. We exploit what we find in the best possible way. We uncover the opportunities and create value of what the sea offers, by using our research competence and scientific knowledge.

We are determined to be among the best and we have the competitive advantage that the cluster of Tromsø cooperates with the best experts in the world.

We have vessels, laboratories and testing and production facilities, which enables us to create value all the way from idea to market. By linking academic research with the ability to see opportunities, we develop new ideas that become commercial successes. Combining unique resources and knowledge is what will create success and make an international impact in the new bioeconomy.

Biotech North is a complete cluster with the country’s best infrastructure for marine biotechnology. We are in a city with a university and with politicians who are dedicated to make Tromsø ‘the hot spot for blue biotech.’

Vision & strategy

Our vision is: Biotech North – the hot spot for blue biotech

Strategy and goals are described in the Strategic Plan for 2016-2018.

Social impact goals: Biotech North will contribute to the development of the blue bioeconomy with increased economic profitability and more knowledge-based jobs. This includes sustainable business development, where social, economic and environmental factors play together (see the figure).


Primary goal: Biotech North is an attractive biotechnology cluster, which through national and international cooperation will contribute to create worldclass competence and high business activity in northern Norway. The cluster will strengthen its position as the capital for blue biotechnology.

Strategic focus areas are:

  1. Cluster development
  2. Innovation within marine residual materials, new marine resources and bioprospecting
  3. Competence development
  4. Internationalization