Among the total 36 members of Biotech North, 22 of them are biotech entrepreneurs and companies from fisheries and aquaculture. Others are R&D players and innovation actors. Our services within the cluster are established to reach the goal with a purpose to strengthen innovation and internationalization of the biotech cluster. We provide courses and workshops, network activities to connect people, cluster development, and marketing/profiling services.
Geir-Arne Blix Johansen
Tel: +47 930 22 114
Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a commercial law firm with offices in the largest cities in Norway as well as an office in Singapore. Its 180 lawyers provide assistance within all major business sectors, and build lasting relationships with clients by combining thorough business understanding with top legal expertise. Simonsen Vogt Wiig in Tromsø represents top local competence in combination with national in-depth and expertise qualifications. Simonsen Vogt Wiig make a strong specialist environment in the north of Norway and cover all aspects of trade and industry. The office currently counts ten lawyers/associates.
Area of expertise: Commercial law
Fredrik Langes gate 19-21, PO Box 929, 9259 Tromsø
Tel: +47 90 64 94 90 / +47 77 75 03 00
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Akvaplan-niva is a research and consultancy company in the NIVA-group (Norwegian Institute of Water Research) with its main office and laboratories in Tromsø, Norway. Our aim is to contribute to increased value creation and environmentally safe business operations by providing consultancy, guidance and recommendations based on latest scientific findings. We take on commercial contracts both from the public and private sectors, as well as focusing on R&D projects funded by Norwegian and international research councils, innovation foundations and private companies. Our scientists provide a variety of assessments and monitoring services, designed to meet national and international regulations, standards and expectations on all water related activities. For freshwaters Akvaplan-niva provide services related to assessment of water quality, biodiversity, habitat status, and impact on coastal and freshwater ecosystems from pollution and other disturbances. We classify water quality in accordance with the European Union Water Framework Directive, and biodiversity and habitat status are evaluated in accordance with national guidelines. For marine waters Akvaplan-niva delivers research and planning for the aquaculture industry as well as risk and impact assessments for industrial activities that can impact the marine environment like offshore oil and gas activities, shipping, mining and aquaculture. We also deliver these services for infrastructure projects like roads, airports, quays and harbours.
Area of expertise: engineering advice, aquaculture, marine biology.
Akvaplan-niva AS, The Fram Centre, 9296 Tromsø
Eirik Wasmuth Lundblad
Tel: +47 97 68 75 71
Arctic Biodiscovery Centre gathers expertise, infrastructure and business opportunities within marine biotechnology and bioprospecting at the member institutions UiT The Arctic University of Tromso, Nofima, Sintef , Institute for Marine Research (IMR) , Norut and the University Hospital of North Norway and make these available for partners and industry. Arctic Biodiscovery Centre has access to a complete value chain within marine biotechnology from harvesting of organisms/biomass, through discovery of novel bioactive compounds to upscaling of production. The Arctic Biodiscovery Centre is currently a project at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Area of expertise: marine biotechnology and bioprospecting.
Arctic Biodiscovery Centre, SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusveien 21, 9019 Tromsø, N-Norway
Tel: +47 95 29 01 87 / +47 77 64 89 00
ArcticZymes AS develops, manufactures and markets novel molecular enzymes for use in research, molecular diagnostics and applied markets. ArcticZymes recombinant enzyme products originate from arctic marine organisms, exploiting commercially attractive evolutionary features such as heat lability, active at cold temperatures, salt tolerance and unique specificity. The company’s core business is in serving Business-to-Business (B2B) partners who integrate ArcticZymes OEM and bulk enzymes into their kits or technology workflows. ArcticZymes has a strong global presence in the B2B community and established valuable long-term business relationships with many of the leading commercial players as well as future technology leaders.
ArcticZymes is a collaboration partner in several national and European bioprospecting projects which are integral in fueling its discovery pipeline for novel enzyme products.
ArcticZymes is a subsidiary of Biotec Pharmacon ASA.
SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusveien 21, N-9019 Tromsø
Tel: +47 993 31 354 / +47 968 78 013
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTTsynthesis is a newly founded company based in the research park in Tromsø specializing in organic synthesis. We have skilled personnel with vast experience regarding different aspects of organic chemistry. The main goal of the company is to support academic projects and biotech companies in developing chemical synthesis of new chemical compounds from idea to product ready for clinical testing.
Area of expertise: chemical synthesis, chemistry.
ARTTsynthesis AS, SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø 21, 9294 Tromsø, Norway
Dr. Erling Sandsdalen
Tel: +47 92 02 66 46
Barents Biocentre Lab (BB Lab) is a leading, advanced research laboratory in Tromsø, Norway. BB Lab offers access to modern laboratories with advanced equipment for biotechnology companies, research communities and educational institutions. BB Lab is an infrastructure project initiated by several biotech companies, the University of Tromsø, Norut (Northern Research Institute) and Norinnova Technology Transfer.
BB Lab has invested NOK 30 million in advanced laboratory equipment. Troms County Council allocated the money for this investment. BB Lab is located in the brand new biotech building at the SIVA Innovation Centre in Tromsø.
Barents Biocentre Lab, SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, 9294 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 77 86 18 68
BIOFORM produces all food supplements completely free of artificial additives. It is only the most lucrative raw materials being adopted. The factory has approval from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for manufacturing according to GMP standard. BIOFORM has focus on innovation around the Arctic environment. Therefore, we work closely with the College of Troms and various research environments about plants and marine biology. BIOFORM also collaborates with physicians and institutions that want to develop and use herbal medicine in their practices.
Bioform AS, Postboks 87, 9315 Sørreisa
Tel: +47 77 64 89 00
Biotec BetaGlucans AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Biotec Pharmacon, develops and manufactures immune modulating compounds for the human health sectors. Basic research on the mode of action of the various proprietary beta-1,3/1,6-glucan products at a cellular/molecular level has been the foundation for testing the products in animal models and in clinical trials. The scientific background for the beta-glucan activity in the company has roots back the discoveries at the University of Tromsø and work performed after the early initiation of Biotec Pharmacon.The company’s development of beta-glucan based products for treatment of immune related diseases and disorders has accordingly gained increased attention within the scientific community.
Woulgan® Biogel is an advanced wound healing dressing containing an ancillary medicinal substance: soluble beta-glucan (SBG). The product has typical hydrogel properties and provides optimal moist wound healing environment, re-hydrates necrotic tissue and aids in autolytic debridement. The novelty of the product is the component SBG which is a proprietary substance made by Biotec BetaGlucan.
Woulgan® Biogel also have a slightly acidic pH around 6 which further facilitates wound healing and inhibits excessive protease activity in the wound which may degrade newly generated tissue, a well-recognized problem in chronic wounds.
Area of expertise: wound treatment.
Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusveien 21, 9019 Tromsø
Biotec Pharmacon ASA is a Norwegian public company based in Tromsø, north of the Arctic Circle. The company has been listed on Oslo Stock Exchange since November 2005. Biotec Pharmacon develops, manufactures and markets immune modulating compounds for the human health sectors and marine enzymes used in molecular biology. The company is spearheading research on products that may prevent or treat diseases caused by failure, imbalance and over-reaction of the immune system. Biotec Pharmacon ASA is the parent company of the group controlling two subsidiaries: ArcticZymes and BiotecBetaglucans. All activities within the group related to administration, finance, and quality assurance are taken care of by the parent company, while the operations are separated in two entities; one for the marine enzymes, and one for the development and production of beta-glucans.
Area of expertise: human health, molecular biology.
Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusveien 21, 9019 Tromsø
Tel: +47 90 07 90 50
BRTech is an innovative bioinformatics company based in Tromsø, Norway. Our main focus is the development and application of machine learning algorithms to aid in diagnosis of gut-related diseases like inflammatory bowel diseases, colon cancer and lifestyle diseases. This is achieved using metagenomic data of the gut/intestine microflora. We also provide consultant services in regards to bioinformatics specifically and informatics generally, for data analysis and programs/scripts for efficiency improvement.
Areas of expertise: bioinformatics, metagenomics, informatics
Tel: +47 971 00 257
Brødrene Karlsen AS works with salmon and whitefish. We are located at Senja. As for salmon, we have a production from fry to portion while for whitefish, we are serving the local fleet. The main season for us is the cod season that lasts from January to April.
Productions of salmon and whitefish results in generating a large amount of other products. Brødrene Karlsen AS has a long history of using all parts of the fish. Our market department is working intensively to make these products available to clients from all over the world.
We are constantly working on developing our portfolio. We are collaborating with scientists to investigate the samples of waste water and see if there are opportunities there.
Husøy i Senja, 9389 Senja, Norge
Tel: +47 77 49 91 55
CALANUS AS, located in Tromsø, Norway, is spearheading the development of biomarine industry based on the marine crustacean Calanus finmarchicus, the largest renewable resource in the Norwegian Sea. The Company offers superior Arctic Marine Bioactives providing health benefits to people and animals all over the world. The products are natural and produced without solvents or artificial aids. The employees of CALANUS AS possess key competence in marine ecology, biotechnology and product development. The company is profitable due to successful early product launches and has a solid financial foundation for growth.
Areas of expertise: ingredients for food and feed.
P.O.Box 2489 Langnes
Chitinor is a manufacturer and a provider of high quality biopolymers chitin and chitosan, derived from raw material Pandalus Borealis caught in the artic part of the North Atlantic. Chitin and chitosans are biodegradable materials, with diverse positive biological and chemical characteristics, such as biocompatibility, bio adhesiveness, anti-microbial and superior drug delivery properties. This makes them suitable for use in various applications within the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, as well as in the food, nutritional, agriculture and textile industries. Chitinor AS is a fully owned subsidiary of Seagarden Group. Chitinor produces two, main, product lines of chitosans: Chitopharm™ and Hydamer™.
Area of expertise: Pharmaceutical, cosmetics, life-science, medical devices.
Chitinor AS, Ringveien 100, 9018 Tromsø
Tel: +47 93 06 39 39
D’Liver is a CRO providing laboratory services, products and consulting within biotechnology and drug development. Based on our liver expertise we perform specialised in depth liver uptake, distribution and metabolism assays. We also advice on how to accelerate and improve the development of new chemical entities, with special emphasis on biopharmaceuticals.
Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø
Design thinker/Project manager/University lector
Tel: +47 77 62 09 36
The DT Lab is a hub for Innovation and Creativity at the School of Business and Economics at UIT. Our goal is to help people and organisations develop their creative confidence, and solve critical challenges through human-centered, design-driven approaches. We offer workshops, design-driven innovation pilot projects, public-speaking events, teaching and more to companies, government institutions, students and other individuals. We collaborate with over 40 companies and organisations, both in Norway and Internationally.
All projects and teaching that run through the DT Lab revolve around “Design Thinking”, an innovation methodology with roots from Stanford University/Silicon Valley. Design Thinking is, in the shortest words, a process for innovation that highly focuses on being able to truly understand the users/customers that you are innovating for, defining what their real needs/problems are, coming up with creative ideas to address these needs, and prototype and test your ideas towards actual users/customers. With applying Design Thinking, you should be able to make user-friendly and functional products/services, while at the same time eliminating the use of wasteful resources.
Please reach out to the DT Lab if you are interested in collaborating with us. We love to sit down over a coffee to discuss new, potential projects!
Area of expertise: Design thinking, Lean startup, Creative thinking, Design-driven innovation, User-driven innovation, Prototyping and testing, Understanding users, Brainstorming.
DT Lab @ Nye Handelshøgskolen, UiT Norges arktiske universitet, Breivangvegen 23, 9010 Tromsø
Stein Ulve, CEO
Hello, we are Eevia! We are a natural health company that produces 100% organic natural extracts from raw materials grown in the magical, wild Finnish forests of the Arctic Circle. The wild raw materials such as lingonberry, bilberry, chaga and pine bark are hand-picked and carefully processed into highest-quality, standardised extracts in Eevia’s own production facility in Finland. These extremely powerful ingredients are a perfect fit for supplements and superfoods, to support healthier and happier lives. A short value chain controlled by Finnish-Norwegian Eevia Oy, coupled with organic certification gives assurance of the origin, authenticity and traceability.
Area of expertise: Nutraceuticals, food, drinks, cosmetics.
Eevia, Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø
Anne Ingeborg Myhr
Tel: +47 77 64 66 20
GenØk – Centre for Biosafety was founded in 1998 and is a non-commercial foundation located in the research environment at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and SIVA innovasjonssenter Tromsø. GenØk’s vision is safe use of biotechnology and the centre conducts research on environmental, health and social consequences of genetic engineering and genetic modification. GenØk also submits risk assessment to the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Norwegian Environment Agency regarding the application process for GMOs and GMO products, and organises international courses in biosafety.
The research at GenØk is divided into four areas:
- Molecular and microbial research
- Virology and vaccine research
- Ecotoxicology, ecology and ecosystems
- Society, ecology and ethics
Area of expertise: GMO, risk assessments, advisory work, ethics, responsible innovation, molecular biology, virology, synthetic biology, Ecology, ELSA.
Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø
Tel: + 47 957 43 945
Kloosterman BioConsult offers support-services to actors in the marine biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and other bio-based industry sectors in Norway and abroad. This includes, but is not limited to Coaching and Assessment, Project Management and Interim Management.
Kloosterman BioConsult is situated in the Arctic city of Tromsø, Norway, otherwise known as ‘The Capital of Blue Biotech.’ It is member of Biotech North, the northern-most marine biotech and life sciences cluster in the world, and is well-recognized in the biotech community.
Areas of expertise: project management, interim management, coaching, assessments.
Tel: +47 95 91 21 24
At Polybait, we develop sustainable baits for angling and commercial fisheries under the brand Kvalvik Bait. We are located in Tromsø, Norway, which has a world leading research community within fisheries and marine biotechnology. Being located on the Northern Norwegian coastline, we are also close to some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Kvalvik Bait was invented by founder and CEO of Polybait, Svein Kvalvik. Svein has his roots in Kvalvika, Lofoten where his family has engaged in fisheries for generations. It was Svein’s passion for fishing that began the process of creating a truly eco-friendly and effective fishing bait. He had an idea to create a bait with highly concentrated odors and taste to attract various fish species. Thus, research and product development of Kvalvik Bait began in earnest with the co-operation of leading Norwegian research institutions.
About Kvalvik Bait
Kvalvik Bait is based on natural ingredients that substitutes fish as bait, and is an environmentally and ethically sound alternative to live bait. The active agents in Kvalvik Bait are amino acids that are often referred to as the body’s building blocks, which form the basis of smell and taste in our baits. The production process uses natural raw marine materials that has a smell and taste that fish are familiar with. We make Kvalvik Bait in two different forms; a bait cream for anglers, and a gel chunk that imitates fish meat for the commercial fishing fleets. The same active amino acids are used in both forms depending on what fish species it is tailored for.
Areas of expertise: angling and commercial fisheries.
SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø, Norway
Please direct your enquiries to the following:
Business development: email@example.com
Lytix Biopharma AS develops novel antimicrobial peptide-based drugs for the treatment of resistant bacterial and fungal infections, as well as first-in-class oncology treatments. The company uses proprietary and in-depth knowledge of the general lytic peptide pharmacophore to develop synthetic drug molecules that retain the positive characteristics of lytic peptides whilst offering excellent stability and low cost of goods.
Area of expertise/market segment: Pharmaceuticals, drug discovery & development.
Company head office:
Lytix Biopharma AS
P.O. Box 6447
NO-9294 Tromsø, Norway
Lytix Biopharma AS
NO-0349 Oslo, Norway
Victoria S Paulsen
Program Manager MABIT
Tel: +47 90 794 606
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The MABIT-programme is an industrial R&D program for marine biotechnology in Northern Norway.
MABITs Main objectives:
Contribute to increased value in fishery, aquaculture and biotechnological industry.
Be a driving force and coordinator for strengthening biotechnological activities in the region.
The programme supports R&D within companies and research institutions, cooperation between these, basic process-/pilot production equipment and network activities.
Every second year MABIT are arranging the BIOPROSP conference in cooperation with R&D institutions, Universities and private businesses.
MABIT has 4 main focus areas:
- Marine bioprospecting: Characterizations and commercialization of bioactive compounds from the marine environment, in cooperation with businesses and R&D institutions in northern Norway.
- Aquaculture and fish health products: Products like vaccines and feed. Methods and knowhow for development of new species, particular species that can be breed in northern Norway.
- Utilization of marine by-product: Development and fabrication of high cost products for use in nutrition, food-supplements, feed ingredients, pharmaceutical and/or technological industry etc.
- Competence promotion/building and network activities: Support the formation and growth of biotechnological competence towards future business.
Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø
Kjersti Lie Gabrielsen
Tel: +47 91563533
Marbank is a national marine biobank coordinating a network of marine collections in Norway. The mission of Marbank and the network is to provide national and international academia and industry with easy access to marine biodiversity, its associated data and extractable products. Marbank and the national network hold samples of marine organisms that are collected in Arctic, sub-Arctic and boreal habitats varying from the intertidal zone to the deep seas. Marbank aims for a wide assortment of marine species. The material archived and stored includes whole organisms, biochemical extracts and taxonomic and genetic samples from marine microorganisms, invertebrates and vertebrates. All samples are catalogued in a national database. Marbank is part of the Institute of Marine Research, Norway’s largest centre of marine science. Marbank is located in Tromsø, Norway, with laboratories and repositories for sample preparation and long-time storage of biological samples. An important part of the biobank activity is competence within marine biology and taxonomy, legal aspects and quality standards related to resources for marine bioprospecting etc.
Marbank, SIVA Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, N-9019 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 90981162
Marealis is a marine biotechnology company wholly owned by Stella Polaris AS, the world’s largest producer of cooked and peeled shrimp. Marealis AS focuses on the development and commercialization of novel bioactive peptides from sustainable marine sources of the Arctic Ocean for human health and food ingredients. Marealis is currently working on the commercialization of a clinically documented dietary supplement for people with elevated blood pressure. The supplement is branded Systolite®.
Area of expertise: Dietary supplements/Nutraceuticals.
Marealis, Stortorget 1, Kystens hus, 9008 Tromsø
Jan Buch Andersen
Tel: +47 467 46 171
Njorth Bio_AS’s mission is to support the commercial development of innovative, bio-based ideas by setting up companies and adding our expertise from science, finance and market to take the idea from research throgh product maturation to sales.
Our lab and offices are at the BB Lab, located at the Siva Innovation Center where we have access to fully equipped lab facilities to support our R&D.
Njorth Bio_AS has now, after analyzing a number of candidates for commercialization, added two new companies to its portfolio – Njorth Bio_Health AS and Njorth Bio_Process AS, who are going to address the Health and Biomass Upgrade areas.
Each company will be the base for a number of individual projects, increasing the critical mass in each company, and lowering the threshold for an idea being part of a commercialization process.
The lead thought behind Njorth Bio_ and associated companies is to provide a platform for accelerated development of innovative ideas. Njorth Bio_ will always strive to integrate the customers in its development projects, so that the target is always defined with a customer in mind, at the same time striving to translate the innovation into a product that can be market tested very quickly.
Areas of expertise: Biomass upgrade, food & food additives, health properties, market access, market launch, enzyme development, bioinformatics, enzyme applications, business development , fermentation.
Njorth Bio_AS, Sykehusveien 23, Postboks 6419, 9294 Tromsø, Norway
Ragnhild Dragøy Whitaker
Research manager, marine biotechnology
Tel: Tel. +47 77 62 90 08 / +47 977 49 562
Nofima is one of the largest institutes for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research in Europe. We supply internationally renowned research and solutions that provide competitive advantages along the complete chain of value.
The head office is located in Tromsø, with research activities in Alta, Bergen, Stavanger, Sunndalsøra, Tromsø and Ås. The research work is organized in three different divisions: Division Aquaculture, Division Food Science and Division Fisheries, Industry and marked.
Nofima’s research on marine biotechnology is focused on increasing the value of marine raw materials. Our scientists have extensive experience within the field of bioprospecting, bioprosessing and scale up of processes in order to exploit and preserve value in raw materials from the ocean. The institution was established on 1 January 2008 and has approximately 350 employees.
Area of expertise: Aquaculture, fisheries, food, feed, nutraceuticals, research, raw materials, bio processing.
Muninbakken 9-13, Breivik, Tromsø
Tel: +47 958 16 157
Norconsult is Norway’s largest and one of the leading multidisciplinary consultancy firms in the Nordic region. Our services are geared towards community planning and design, and we have become a leading player both nationally and internationally.
With innovative and targeted advice, we contribute to a sustainable and healthy community. We are engaged in all aspects of development, from initial concepts to master plans, engineering and operational support.
Annually, we perform thousands of projects for public and private clients both home and abroad. Norconsult is owned by its employees, which has a special impact on the spirit of the company and the passion people bring to work. It also impacts our clients’ experience with interacting with our consultants. We can advise them independently, free from the influence of external shareholders.
Area of expertise: Consultancy services.
Stortorget 2, 9008 Tromsø
Jørgen B. Lødemel
Tel: +47 77668660
Nordic Pharma, located on the harbor in Tromsø, Norway, is privately owned by Nordic Naturals, the leading omega-3 fish oil brand in the United States. It is one of the greenest manufacturing facilities in the world, and represents Nordic Naturals’ commitment to managing every step of the manufacturing process, from boat to bottle. Nordic Pharma Inc develops and produce novel ingredients based on bioactive compounds from the Arctic. The company has a particular focus on marine lipids, and applies to cGMP API.
Nordic Pharma Inc AS, Ropnesveien 71, 9107 Kvaløya, Norway
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Norges Råfisklag is the fishermen’s own sales organization and it operates a well-functioning and modern marketplace for sustainable, wild-caught Norwegian seafood. The organization has a well-developed service directly related to trading, sales, payments and quality assurance. The organization organizes and arranges the sale of fish, shellfish and molluscs landed along the Norwegian coast from Nordmøre in the southwest to Finnmark in the northeast. The most important species are cod, coalfish, haddock and shrimps/prawns. Fishing is carried out along the Norwegian coast, in the Barents Sea and around Spitsbergen. (New text from here) In 2005, appx. 150 000 catches from more than 5 300 fishing vessels with a total value of 9,7 billion NOK were sold to appx. 260 seafood industries/buyers along the Norwegian coast.
Norges Råfisklag, Stortorget 1, 9008 Tromsø
Tel: +47 90 55 90 01
Norinnova Fund Management is an asset management company that manages Nordic Pharma Inc AS develops and produce novel ingredients based on bioactive compounds from the Arctic. The company has a particular focus on marine lipids, and applies to cGMP API. Nordic Pharma Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Nordic Naturals.investments in funds NorInnova Invest AS and Norinnova Technology Transfer AS. The company was founded in 2007 and is located in SIVA Innovation Centre Tromsø. Norinnova Management AS is owned by the partners Karl-Johan Jakola (45%) and Jan Kristoffersen (35%) and Norinnova Technology Transfer AS (20%). Norinnova Management is a member of the Norwegian Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Norinnova Fund Management follows ethical guidelines developed for members of NVCA. Karl-Johan Jakola is a member of the ethics committee in NVCA and also got published an article in the association’s yearbook.
Area of expertise: asset management, investor.
SIVA Innovation Centre Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 91 556 539
Norinnova Technology Transfer AS is an innovation company with the objective of commercializing business ideas from research activities and new technologies. NTT’s goal is to assist with business development and to strengthen the existing industry in Northern Norway. NTT combines the role of a transfer technology unit from the R&D environments together with the role of a business developer. NTT is a subsidiary of Norut AS, of which the University of Tromsø is the largest shareholder. Thus, NTT is strongly rooted in the R&D environments in Tromsø and has a close collaboration with the knowledge-intensive industry in Northern Norway. Furthermore, NTT offers incubation services within different areas and industries with focus on innovation. The incubator provides start-up companies with office space and facilities, and helps with business modelling, market knowledge, relevant networks and finding investors.
Norinnova Technology Transfer, SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, 9294 Tromsø, Norway
Contact person at Department of Biotechnology:
Tel: +47 920 26 646
Norut`s department of Industrial and Medical Biotechnology has been established to meet the industry`s need for a department of applied research and development. Norut will give priority to marine lipids, bioactive peptides and small organic molecules. Norut’s R&D activities will be developed in close cooperation with biotech companies worldwide. Norut has access to modern laboratories and advanced equipment.
- Expertise in synthesis and modification of small organic molecules and peptides
- Research into bioactive peptides and peptidomimetics
Norut’s area of expertise: Technology, social science and innovation.
Norut, SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, 9019 Tromsø
Olivita Ltd is a nutraceutical company with a patented Norwegian omega-3 product Olivita. Olivita is a unique combination of seal oil and extra virgin olive oil. It combines omega-3 fatty acids from seal, natural antioxidants from extra virgin oil and inflammation soothing components from seal oil and olive oil, respectively. The product has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and reduces the development of atherosclerosis. It may prevent stroke and other inflammation related diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis as well as auto-immune diseases. Olivita is based on more than 20 years’ research at the University of Tromsø.
Area of expertise: Nutraceuticals.
Vestregata 27-31, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 776 111 12
Orthogenics AS develops molecular diagnostics and new treatment principles for Osteoarthritis (OA), based on patented discoveries of bacterial provocation in OA pathogenesis. Orthogenics’ well-equipped ServiceLab, located in Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø, delivers molecular analyses to the company’s own R&D-projects as well as to customers in other fields such as medicine and aquaculture.
Areas of expertise: Medical devices & applications, Molecular diagnostics & engineering.
SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø, Norway
Søren Weis Dahl
Chief Executive Officer
Prophylix Pharma AS is a Scandinavian biotech company headquartered in Tromsø, Norway, and the owner of its US subsidiary Prophylix Pharma Inc.
Prophylix is developing new prophylaxes that protect babies at risk from fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). FNAIT is a condition that can lead to severe brain damage and death.
Prophylix was established in 2008 by Norinnova Technology Transfer AS, the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN, Tromsø) and Oslo University Hospital (Ullevaal). The scientific basis of this company is a collaborative research activity conducted by scientists at the universities and University Hospitals in Oslo and Tromsø.
SIVA Innovation Park Tromsø, Sykehusvegen 21, Tromsø, Norway
Bengt Marius Hilstad
Tel: +47 95 26 14 69
With global competence in 157 countries and local offices all over Norway, we help improve business by solving important problems and delivering quality in assurance, tax, legal and advisory services.
Our office in Tromsø is the leading assurance and consultancy firm in the northern part of Norway, counting almost 60 employees. By combining our knowledge on local topics and issues with our world-wide network of expertice, we can provide your company or organisation with the help you need.
The marine sector has been a specific prioritiy for years at PwC Tromsø, and every day our local experts provide professional services to a variety of companies within the seafood industry.
Examples of typical professional services for the biotech industry are:
• Audit and assurance services
• Tax management and financial restrucuring
• Establishing a sustainable growth strategy
• Strategy development and business modelling
• Project and risk management
• IT-strategy and procurement
• Company and project valuation
• Transaction services and support
Areas of expertise: Audit and assurance, Tax and legal, Strategical and operational improvements, M&A, Valuations, Project management
Postboks 6128, NO-9291 Tromsø, Norway
Muségata 1, Tromsø
Tel: (+47) 99644468
Recogni is a supplier of big data analytics and data based decision making. Their expertise ensures efficient use of the value from data. Since 2014 Recogni has specialized in providing insight from data in shipping and the fish farming industry. They give their customers in the shipping industry the opportunity to reduce the fuel consumption, CO2-emissions and maintenance costs. In the fish farming industry, Recogni can provide production/feed optimization and budgeting based on statistical predictions. Together with our partners on automation and IoT, Recogni can solve large and small challenges in most industries.
Areas of expertise: Big data, statistics, fish farming, shipping.
Anton Jakobsens Veg 15B, 9020 Tromsdalen
SIVA Innovation Center Tromsø
Tel: +47 907 83 543
SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. We create value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use.
SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as partner for the private and public sectors, and we are among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe.
SINTEF’s goal is to be a world-leading research institute. We create value and develop solutions to some of society’s grand challenges by being at the forefront of our strategic focus areas:
- Renewable energy, climate- and environmental technology
- Oil and gas
- Ocean space technology
- Health and welfare
- Enabling technologies
SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. Since 2007, we have invested NOK 1 billion in laboratories and scientific equipment.
Areas of expertise: Research, technology, innovation.
Sintef Nord AS, Storgata 118, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
Nils Kristian Sørheim Nilsen
Tel: +47 91594354
The Regional Business Association / Troms Chamber of Commerce is the fourth largest business association in Norway with approximately 850 members, from all sectors. The association was established in 1844, and is among the oldest of its kind nationally.
Our overall goal is to strengthen the preconditions for business development and value creation in the region. We aim to achieve this by:
• Work actively to influence industrial policy decisions to the benefit of our members.
• Being a competent, constructive and co-operative development actor.
• Through co-operation with others, contribute to analyse and facilitate future development and growth areas for various business sectors.
Our vision is: Growth, value creation and competitiveness in the Tromsø region.
Kysten Hus, Stortorget 1, 9255 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: +47 91594354
Trofi is a business segment within the Odd Berg Group and consists of the companies Tromsø Fiskeindustri AS and Eximo AS. Core activities are production of marine phospholipids and starter feed for marine larval and juvenile fish as well as handling of marine raw materials and process development.
Areas of expertise: Marine phospholipids, aquaculture.
Postboks 233, 9253 Tromsø
Stakkevollveien 57, Tromsø
Tel: +47 91594354
The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (Norwegian: Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet) is the world’s northernmost university. Located in the city of Tromsø, Norway, it was established in 1968, and opened in 1972. It is one of eight universities in Norway. The University of Tromsø is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway. The University’s location makes it a natural venue for the development of studies of the region’s natural environment, culture, and society. The main focus of the University’s activities is on the Auroral light research, Space science, Fishery science, Biotechnology, Linguistics, Multicultural societies, Saami culture, Telemedicine, epidemiology and a wide spectrum of Arctic research projects. The close vicinity of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Polar Environmental Centre gives Tromsø added weight and importance as an international centre for Arctic research. Research activities, however, are not limited to Arctic studies. The University researchers work within a broad range of subjects related to biotechnology, marine bioprospecting etc.
- Department of Chemistry
- Research Center: NorStruct – The Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
- Research School: BioStruct (National Graduate School in Structural Biology)
- SfB – Center for Bioinformatics
- SmallStruct – Determination of organic/inorganic compounds by MS, NMR and X-ray crystallography
- Department of Clinical Medicine
- Department of Medical Biology
- Department of Pharmacy https://en.uit.no/om/enhet/forsiden?p_dimension_id=88118
- Norwegian College of Fishery Science
- Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
- School of Business and Economics (HHT)
Become a member
As a Biotech North member, you will get:
- Access to the competence through participation and sharing knowledge in forums: Forum for sales, market and communication, Clinical studies and regulatory requirements focus group and Quality focus group.
- Access to seminars, workshops and all other events organized by the cluster at a discounted price.
- Access to the biotechnology/biomarine network in the region.
- Invitation to two Member Meetings a year where all members connect with each other in a friendly mingling arena.
- Profiling the cluster and its members in cluster’s marketing materials and website www.biotechnorth.no
MEMBERS FEE IN 2017:
- 1-5 employees: NOK 3 000 (excl. tax)
- 6-20 employees: NOK 8 000 (excl. tax)
- Over 20 employees NOK 15 000 (excl. tax)
Required contribution: Membership requires all members to contribute some hours of work to help with the development of the cluster. That might mean participation in the works of focus groups/forums, strategy development, and early-phase innovation projects with other in the cluster. Experience from other clusters show that the more you contribute to the clust
In order to become a member in BioTech North, please feel free to the following steps:
- Send us an inquiry via email or call us to learn more about Biotech North cluster and benefits associated with becoming a member.
- Send us an email with confirmation that you would like to become a member in BioTech North and that you accept the membership rate suited to the size of your company. Please include the organization number and contact information.
- We will send you bank account information to pay the member fee.
- Norwegian Innovation Clusters shall trigger and strengthen collaboration in regional business clusters, make the clusters more dynamic and attractive, and make the enterprises more innovative and competitive.
- Business Networks support small and medium-sized businesses that enter into commercially strategic collaborations with other enterprises.
- Competence Development in regional business communities shall make relevant expertise more accessible to enterprises in the regions through collaboration with universities and university colleges.
- Regional development shall provide guidance and quality assurance to local authorities in municipalities/regions with development/restructuring status.
Norwegian County Councils are today part of a three level governance system:
- The National Assembly (Stortinget)
- 19 administrative regions, County Councils (fylkeskommuner)
- 428 municipalities (kommuner)
County Councils are governed by elected regional politicians and play a central and coordinating role in regional politics.
In addition, there is a County Governor (Fylkesmannen) in each county, who is the chief representative of the King and Government, and works for the implementation of parliamentary decisions, goals and guidelines for the benefit of the population. A key task of the County Governor in Troms is to take part in the coordination and rationalization of governmental operations in Troms.
County Councils are governed by elected regional politicians and play a central & coordinating role in regional politics.
The Troms County Council is responsible for certain cross-municipal tasks and initiates and coordinates regional political and administrative activities. Some of the Council’s tasks include:
- Management of secondary education systems, continuing education and trainee programmes
- Managenment of county roads (Troms: 3000 km)
- Public and school transportation
- Support of business, social and economic development
- Administration of regional project funds
- Cultural heritage, county libraries, sports, nature and leisure activities, general public health etc.
- Dental health service.
The City Government consists of seven departments:
- The Chief City Councilor (The Chief City Councilor Office)
- City Councilor of Finance, (The Department of Finance)
- City Councilor of Education and Knowledge (The Department of Knowledge and Education)
- City Councilor of Urban Development (The Department of Urban Development)
- City Councilor of Cultural Affairs, Business and Sports (The Department of Cultural Affairs, Business and Sports)
- City Councilor of Health and Social Affairs (Department of Health and Social Affairs)