Innovation and industry involvement – creating value through Digital Biotech

Digital Life = Transformative Innovation

Research within biotechnology is being revolutionized by digitalization. By the aid of digital and computational methods, we can analyze and integrate high dimensional data, and utilize this in advanced modelling. This enables us to solve questions and generate knowledge in totally new ways. The approach opens for disruptive innovations, reduces costs and risks in biotech developments, leading to increased profitability and investment interest. The connection between enabling biotechnology and powerful digital tools are truly transformative and will give unexpected opportunities.

Digitalization speeds up business development

Centre for Digital Life Norway has in collaboration with Menon Economics conducted a thorough analysis of the Digital Biotech marked in Norway, presented in the report “Digital Biotech in Norway – Opportunities for value creation, competence needs, and challenges in business development”. (Norwegian). The actors experience that digital biotech is necessary to foster future value creation and business development. However, more competence and stronger collaboration are needed. The main findings can be summarized into the following:

  • Digitalization may reduce extensive development tracks and the relatively high development costs in the biotech sector.
  • Speeding up development and reducing time to market increases access to risk capital. 
  • Digitalization may speed up data gathering and analysis, increase knowledge, increase production efficiency, and improve product quality.  
  • Digital oriented biotech companies have fewer challenges in relation to innovation and commercialization compared to the more biological oriented companies.  

On the basis of these findings, we wish to integrate digital and biotechnological competence, and contribute to a change of pace within biotech research and innovation development.  

We will support competence building among the actors and stimulate to collaboration across academia and businesses, across different branches and parts of the biotechnology sector, together with business clusters and relevant stakeholders. 

From Research to Value – Innovation in the Centre 

The Centre’s 12 research projects and 9 partner projects are selected based on a transdisciplinary approach applied on a biological system with implication for a societal challenge, such as supporting sustainable growth in aquaculture or healthy brain function and mental illness. All projects in the centre develop or use computational methods and approaches. The projects have a clear aim and ambition that their efforts will contribute to future solutions and value creation within the areas of Health, Marine, Agriculture and forestry, or Process industry. The network project supports the centre’s projects in creating innovation and accelerating commercialization originating from their research.

Read more about the individual Research projects

Tomorrow's Biotechnology – Partnership and collaboration  

Centre for Digital Life Norway will contribute to innovation and value creation across the biotech sector in Norway. We offer competence, network, coordination and advice to our stakeholders. Our activities are conducted across disciplines, businesses and sectors, supporting the whole value chain from research to product and market. To succeed, we will build a close collaboration with the businesses in various sectors, other initiatives and support actions working towards the same goal, and relevant stakeholders. Through partnership in Centre for Digital Life Norway, we offer:

  • Coordination and contact services, giving access to digital competence and research environments within biotechnology
  • Information about the centre, and invitation to the centre’s events
  • Project- and application collaboration 
  • Limited support to pilot and innovation projects
  • An opportunity to contribute and give input to the centre’s activities and development 

Become partner in Centre for Digital Life Norway

Join the centre

Research and innovation projects funded by directed calls in the Norwegian Research Council’s program Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) become a part of the centre. In addition, other relevant projects are welcome to apply to join the centre.

  • Universitetet i Bergen
  • NTNU
  • Universitetet i Oslo
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  • Sintef