Kick-off SPARK Norway

As the third country in Europe, Norway has established the innovation programme SPARK based on Stanford SPARK. At this kick-off UiO showcased the first Norwegian SPARK teams – SPARKees. See pictures and watch videos from the event.

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SPARK Norway kick-off Oslo Life Science 13 February 2018

SPARK Norway is a two-year innovation programme to further develop ideas within health-related life sciences for the benefit of patients and society. Researchers from UiO and affiliated research groups at Oslo University Hospital (OUS) and Akershus University Hospital (Ahus) can apply UiO:Life Science to be included in the programme.


09.00–11.00 Talks

Professor Per Morten Sandset, Vice Rector Research and Innovation, UiO


Dr. Kristin Vinje, Vice Dean Innovation, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO


Professor Craig Garner, founder and director of SPARK Berlin, the first SPARK site in Europe, and former Standford SPARKee

The SPARK concept

Presentations of Norwegian SPARKees

Project leaders of SPARK teams from both the pilot phase and the first open call will present their projects.

Targeted pharmacological treatment of ventricular arrhythmias

Team member: Jonas Skogestad (presenter)

Project leader: Magnus Aronsen, UiO


A novel strategy to tailor the pharmacokinetics of IgA antibodies          

Project leader: Simone Mester, Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO

Team members: Inger Sandlie (UiO) and Jan Terje Andersen (OUS)

Novel therapy for currently untreatable hypertension

Project leader: Henriette Andresen, Department of Pharmacology and Institute for Experimental Medical Research, Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO

Team members: Lise Román Moltzau (UiO) Finn Olav Levy (UiO) og Alessandro Cataliotti (UiO)

RACeR: Improvement of A Genetic Tool that Enhances Homology Dependent Gene Repair

Project leader: Adam Robertson, OUS

Team members: Caroline Køster, Deo Pandey, Terezia Prikrylova, Rune Forstrøm and Arne Klungland

Novel therapy for ischemic reperfusion injury                                        

Project leader: Ana Isabel Costa Calejo, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), Faculty of Medicine, UiO

Team members: Kjetil Tasken (UiO/OUS), Jo Klaveness (UiO), Ivar Sjaastad (OUS), Magnus Aronsen (UiO/OUS), Mohammed Amarzguioui (Inven2) and Kristin Sandereid (Inven2)

Healthy soils for a healthy life

Project leader: Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, UiO

Team members: The research group MORPHOPLEX

Dr. Morten Egeberg, administrative leader of UiO:Life Science and founder of SPARK Norway

The plans for SPARK Norway

11:00–12:00 Lunch


UiO:Life Science
Published June 23, 2017 11:37 AM - Last modified Feb. 20, 2018 9:44 AM