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NOK 2.1 million from the Growth House to innovative researchers and students at UiO

23 researcher projects and two student projects at the University of Oslo have been granted seed funding and student support from the Life Science Growth House. We are happy to see so many promising early-stage innovation ideas. We congratulate all who are involved in the projects and look forward to good collaboration!

Illustration with researchers and students.

The researchers Madeleine Fosslie, Ana Calejo, Georgina Faura Muñoz, Per Steinar Halvorsen, Goran Petrovski, Noelia Alonso-Rodriguez, Janicke Liaaen Jensen, Ole Smørdal,  Shuo-Wang Qiao, Gerry Tonkin-Hill. Aleksandra Aizenshtadt, Dena Helene Alavi, Joel Glover, Pawel Borowicz, M Carmen Herrera, Marianne Fyhn, Anette Weyergang, Thi Hong Nhung Trinh, Christian Tronstad, Oliver Pabst, Andrej Kuznetsov, Athanasios Chatzitakis and Hua Hu (not on the picture) have been granted seed funding. Therese Bang and Ola Sten Baksaas have been granted support for student projects.

This spring, the new innovationthe University of Oslo (UiO) the Life Science Growth House announced its first calls for innovative researchers and students.

Wide-ranging project portfolio

The Life Science Growth House will contribute to idea stimulation among researchers and students in life sciences, health and technology at the two owner faculties – The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences – but the services of the Growth House are available to the entire university, also in the axis with Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital.

In this application round, we received 36 applications from researchers and four applications from students, of which 23 and two applications were awarded grants, respectively.

In the twelve projects at the Faculty of Medicine that have been awarded seed funding, the researchers are to develop new methods, services or products to, among other things, obtain better and higher quality of DNA data; treatment of high blood pressure, eye disease, tuberculosis and brain cancer; intensive care; use of mini-organs to test drugs and disease models in general and neurological diseases in particular; methods to look at body composition with CT and detection of disease-causing organisms as well as study of the immune system.

In eight projects at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, researchers will look at early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; a new drug for head and neck cancer; tools for use in brain research and research on pregnant women; measurement on skin; development of a smart sock for use in diabetes evaluation; radiation-tolerant semiconductor and catalyst for energy conversion. 

A joint project between the two owner faculties is working on the cod's immune system, which can also give us knowledge on the human immune system.

In addition, researchers at the Faculty of Dentistry have received support to create a new version of the digital dental chart, and researchers at the Faculty of Educational Sciences have received support for tools to identify mechanisms to finance social innovation platforms.

One student project from each owner faculty has received support. The student project at the Faculty of Medicine works with immunotherapy for skin cancer, while the student project at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is developing a rocket.

See full list of granted projects further down in this article.

Has reached researchers with early-phase ideas

Hilde Nebb
Director of the Life Science Growth House Hilde Nebb.

'It is very gratifying that we can now support many innovative researchers at both our owner faculties so that they can continue to work on maturing their innovation ideas. We see that we have managed to reach out to projects in the early phase of the innovation process in line with the intention with the Growth House. We are now looking forward to working further with the projects which, in addition to the financial support they have received through this call, can receive counselling from our highly competent innovation advisers', says director of the Growth House, Hilde Nebb.

'When it comes to student projects, we have supported two very good projects, one at each owner faculty. And with students who have ambitions to launch a rocket far into the atmosphere, we can state that "the sky is the limit".'

More support opportunities

Researchers and students can contact the Life Science Growth House at any time to receive tailored counselling from our innovation advisers. As part of this they also assess whether the project can benefit financial support and a mentor.

Whether there will be more calls from the Growth House depends on the extent to which the researchers and students use the services on their own initiative.

The funded projects

Researcher projects with seed funding

Applicant

Responsible faculty and department at UiO

Other project members*

Granted in NOK

A Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization (SPRI)-based DNA extraction method for improved sequencing data quality from low input and single-cell samples

Madeleine Fosslie, OUS

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

John Arne Dahl, OUS; Adnan Hashim, OUS; Hilde Loge Nilsen, OUS/UiO

48 000

Novel therapy for treatment-resistant hypertension

Ana Calejo, OUS

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Lise Román Moltzau, UiO); Finn Olav Levy, UiO; Alessandro Cataliotti, UiO; Aina Rengmark, Inven2

200 000

Smart sensor technology for the non-destructive quality control of retinal pigment epithelium cultures.

Georgina Faura Muñoz

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Lars Eide, Goran Petrovski, Katja Benedikte Prestø Elgstøen, Xavier Muñoz-Berbel

50 000

Improved detection of adverse events in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Per Steinar Halvorsen

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Lars Prag Antonsen, Svein A. Landsverk, Andreas Espinoza, Itai Schalit, Didrik Lilja

200 000

Self-healing bioadhesive for corneal perforation and corneal graft transplantation applications

Goran Petrovski

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Santosh Gupta, OUS/UiO

50 000

Novel drugs for the treatment of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis

Noelia Alonso-Rodriguez, OUS

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Anne Margarita Dyrhol Riise, OUS/UiO; Gareth Griffiths, UiO; Andrew Thompson, University of Auckland

50 000

Detection of cod antibody

Shuo-Wang Qiao

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine

Professor Finn-Eirik Johansen, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department of Biosciences

50 000

Rapid prediction of pathogen phenotypes

Gerry Tonkin-Hill

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Dr. Rebecca Gladstone, Dr. John Lees, professor Jukka Corander

50,000

Repel glioblastoma invasion using optogenetic and chemogenetic tools

Hua Hu

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Professor Iver Arne Langmoen, OUS

50 000

Cryopreserved iPSC-derived zonated liver organoids with mature functionality for drug testing and disease modelling

Aleksandra Aizenshtadt

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Stefan Krauss, Ingrid Wilhelmsen

50 000

Automated quantification of body composition from CT scans

Dena Helene Alavi

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Professor Rune Blomhoff; Peter M. Lauritzen, OUS; Tomas Sakinis, OUS

50 000

A versatile microfluidic device for in vitro modeling of multiple human neurological diseases

Joel Glover

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Alexandra Aizenstadt, Hege Fjerdingstad, Michal Mielnik

50 000

How to make cytotoxic T cells harmless?

Pawel Borowicz

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Anne Spurkland, Kaja Elisabeth Børsum

50 000

METTL13 as a potential early detection biomarker for pancreatic cancer

M Carmen Herrera

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department of Biosciences

Professor Pål Falnes; PhD Mads Bengtsen; Agnes Bartels, masterstudent; Karl Kristian Kroken, master student

50 000

CINPLA viral vector core

Marianne Fyhn

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biosciences

PhD Guro Vatne; PhD Sverre Grødem

200 000

EG103, a novel drug for Head and Neck cancer

Anette Weyergang, OUS

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Pharmacy

Kristian Berg, Håvard Sletta, Åse Bratland

200 000

Development of NorPreg – an interface to support pregnancy studies by visualizing and analyzing Norwegian registry linked data

Thi Hong Nhung Trinh

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Pharmacy

Hedvig Nordeng, Angela Lupattelli, Marleen van Gelder, Luigi Maglanoc

50 000

Smartsokk – utvikling av prototype

Christian Tronstad, OUS

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics

Elisabeth Qvigstad, OUS; Jonny Hisdal, OUS; Inge Petter Kleggetveit, OUS, Oliver Pabst, Ørjan G. Martinsen

50 000

Memristive measurements on human skin

Oliver Pabst

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics

Christian Tronstad, OUS; Ørjan G. Martinsen

50 000

Universal radiation-tolerant semiconductor

Andrej Kuznetsov

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics /

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN)

Øystein Prytz, Javier Garcia Fernandez, Alexander Azarov

200 000

Well adhered and supported advanced catalysts for energy conversion applications

Athanasios Chatzitakis

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry / Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN)

Dr. Xiaolan Kang og M.Sc. Kevin Gregor Both

84 500

New version of a digital dental chart

Janicke Liaaen Jensen

Faculty of Dentistry, Institute of Clinical Dentistry

Førsteamanuensis Lene Hystad Hove; PhD-kandidat Håvard Hynne; direktør Patrik Cetrelli og forskningsdirektør Astrid Jullumstrø Feuerherm, Kompetansesenteret tannhelse Midt (TK-Midt), Trondheim

50 000

Sustaining Talkwall  – Identifying mechanisms to finance social innovation platforms

Ole Smørdal

Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education

Ingvill Rasmussen, Richard Nesnass, Jan Dolonen, Anja Amundrud, Camille Dorival, Sharanya Manivasagam, Tom Seidel

200 000

Student project

Applicant

Faculty and department

 

 

Tankyrase Inhibition in Melanoma Immunotherapy

Therese Bang

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

Jo Waaler, OUS; Shoshy Alam Brinch,  OUS; Stefan Krauss, UiO

10 000

Production of a combustion chamber for a liquid bi-propellant rocket engine

Ola Sten Baksaas

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics

Rokas Naudziunas, Ingvild Garmo Nilsson, Ralv Holmsen, Elin Nystog Nordbø, Arne Fredrik Adamsrød, Håkon Offernes, Ole Jørgen Norstrand, Even Tobias Eriksen,  Jannik Eschler, Aline Rangøy Brunvoll,  Aleksander Bourmistrov, William Dugan, Natalia Lidia Stepien, Oskar Idland, Fuad Dadvar,  Semya Tønnessen,  Hannah Sofie Roland, Peter Aarhaug

10 000

Main contact at UiO in italics when the applicant is employed at Oslo University Hospital (OUS)

About the Life Science Growth House

  • innovation unit for life sciences, health and technology at the University of Oslo (UiO), that opened in February 2022
  • run in collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and located in Oslo Science Park
  • will contribute to a stronger innovation culture at UiO to put more knowledge from research to use
  • helps researchers and students to mature early-stage ideas by providing tailored counselling, seed funding, meeting places, mentor programme, student internship and more
  • is an open door for students at UiO; researchers at UiO, Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital; managers and administrative staff who support innovative researchers; and existing and new external partners
  • collaborates closely with departments at UiO and university hospitals, and with the technology transfer office Inven2, business clusters, incubators and industry in the innovation ecosystem
By Norunn K. Torheim
Published June 23, 2022 9:28 AM - Last modified June 23, 2022 10:05 AM