SPARK Norway projects

UiO:Life Science's innovation programme SPARK Norway for health related life sciences has a portfolio of 23 teams.

Six teams January 2020–

Admitted in January 2020 after the third open call in the fall 2019. 
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Fabuli – Faster and Better Ultrasound Imaging

  • Project leader: Professor Andreas Austeng, Department of Informatics, UiO
  • Team members: Researcher Ole Marius Hoel Rindal and Elin Melby, Inven2

Image may contain: Woman, Face, Hair, Photograph, Facial expression.Novel Treatment for Patients with Glioblastoma

  • Project leader: Postdoc Aleksandra Dukic, Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO and Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital
  • Team members: Professor Kjetil Taskén, Associate Professor Rafi Ahmad and Inven2

Development of a new product to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth

  • Project leader: Professor Marianne Hiorth, Department of Pharmacy, UiO
  • Team members: PhD student Julie Frigård, Professor Gro Smistad, Professor Janicke Liaaen Jensen and Professor Hilde Kanli Galtung

Image may contain: Face, Hair, Eyebrow, Forehead, Facial expression.MyFood – a decision support system to prevent and treat disease-related malnutrition

  • Project leader: PhD student Mari Mohn Paulsen, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, UiO
  • Team members: Professor Lene Frost Andersen, Dagfinn Bergsager and Gard O. S. Thomassen

Image may contain: Man, Face, Forehead, Head.Inhibition of aortic valve calcification

  • Project leader: Professor Kåre-Olav Stensløkken, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, UiO
  • Team members: Professor emeritus Jarle Vaage and Dr. Arsenii Zabernyk

Image may contain: Face, Hair, Forehead, Eyebrow, Chin.A medical device for obesity treatment

  • Project leader: Christer Tønnesen, Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED), The Institute of Health and Society, UiO and Oslo University Hospital
  • Team members: Njål Høstmælingen, Professor Michael Bretthauer, Associate Professor Magnus Løberg, Professor II Lars Aabakken, Marianne Lyngra and Yuichi Mori

Six teams January 2019–

Admitted in January 2019 after the second open call autumn 2018.

A novel vaccine technology platform

  • Project leader: Malin Bern, postdoc, Oslo University Hospital (OUS)
  • Team members: Jan Terje Andersen (UiO) and Inger Sandlie (UiO)

Human antibodies for therapeutic, selective Notch targeting in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Project leader: Guttorm Haraldsen, center leader, UiO
  • Team members: Anita Kavlie, Stig Krüger and Katarzyna Marciniak

High-Performance Cyclotron Target for Gallium-68

mCAR: a universal approach for CART therapy against solid tumors

  • Project leader: Ida Jonson, postdoc, OUS
  • Team members: Anders Tveita (OUS) and Marte Fauskanger, Inst. clin. med. (UiO) 

A biologic therapeutic for pulmonary fibrosis

  • Project leader: Ole Jørgen Kaasbøll, researcher, Inst. clin. med., UiO
  • Team member: Håvard Attramadal, Inst. clin. med. (UiO)

Novel treatment for heart failure

Six teams January 2018–

Admitted in January 2018 after the first open call autumn 2017.

A novel strategy to tailor the pharmacokinetics of IgA antibodies          

Tankyrase inhibition in cancer immune therapy                                     

  • Project leader: Jo Waaler, Faculty of Medicine, UiO
  • Team member: Stefan Krauss, (UiO and OUS)


Novel therapy for currently untreatable hypertension

Restoration of a functional urinary bladder using cutting-edge technology

Novel therapy for ischemic reperfusion injury                                        

IVF FitTM: Optimising in vitro fertilisation hormone dosage

Five teams December 2017–

Admitted in the pilot phase autumn 2017.

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

Petomics: a commercial Norwegian microbiome service for performance animals and pets

  • Project leader: Pål Trosvik, UiO
  • Team member: Eric Jacques de Muinck

Influenza vaccine that can be rapidly produced to counter an emerging pandemic threat

Targeted pharmacological treatment of ventricular arrhythmias

Healthy soils for a healthy life

Published Feb. 1, 2019 5:56 PM - Last modified Feb. 2, 2020 12:02 PM