Collaboration > Innovation
The Dept. supports increased knowledge transfer from frontline basic research to exploitation via:
• Targeted outreach to the industry and governmental agencies to share knowledge
• Collaboration with large industrial partners and SMEs
• Incorporating innovation in education
• Supporting departmental researchers that are also active in companies
• Providing start-up companies access to infrastructure and space at the Dept.
BIO continually works to strengthen our contacts to the private sector. Using co-publication as a proxy for collaboration, more than 248 collaborative interactions with companies have taken place from 2010-2015. These interactions have resulted in 178 joint publications incl. 139 unique companies from all over the world, as indicated by the table below.
The interactions can be grouped in a number of fields that underline the diversity of research at BIO.
|Interactions per field||Interactions||%|
|Basic biotechnology & methodologies||29||11,7|
|Basic ecology research||11||4,4|
| Disease relevant physiology,
cell biology & genetics
|RNA as drugs and in disease||8||3,2|
From 2010, BIOs collaboration with international companies has grown rapidly. From a situation with no difference, international interactions have increased to an impressing 250% over that of national companies. At BIO, we interpret this a result of strong international relations and demand for our research.
Besides supporting national and international public-private collaboration in general, BIO works to strengthen the communication specifically towards Danish companies. Thus, BIO has defined a number of initial collaboration themes and will contact relevant companies offering open discussions concerning potential collaboration.
If you are a company interested in collaboration related to one or more of the themes below, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dept.:
• Microorganisms, biogeochemistry and sustainability in soil
• Monitoring of microorganisms in crops and food
• Microorganisms and enzymes for industrial use
• Membrane transport
• Biologics - Peptides and proteins in the treatment of disease
• Animal behavior and welfare and breeding genetics
• Screening, imaging and biomarkers
• Bioinformatics, patient stratification, RNA and computational models
• The skin microbiome
• Metabolic syndrome
• Infection, inflammation and antibiotics
BIO continually works to strengthen our contacts to the private sector. Over the last three years alone, BIO researchers have collaborated with over 65 private companies and hospitals via hundreds of R&D projects.
BIO is supporting innovation at the student level by incorporating innovation modules in courses, supporting student projects in private companies or with representatives from private companies as co-supervisors as well as providing information concerning external innovation support offers, incl. spin-out initiatives.
Recently, BIO has launched an initiative to establish a ‘BIO-Hacking’ facility incl. basic laboratories and equipment. This will enable students to work independently with their own innovative ideas. The setup is currently being planned with input from the student associations.
Our policy is to transform basic research advances into applied innovation and products via collaboration with professional external partners, but our researchers also independently produce innovative patent applications and patents, for example:
• RNA probing method and reagents (WO2015021990 A1)
• Mild analgesic safe for pregnant women (PA 2014 70181)
• Isolation and long-term culturing of estrogen receptor-positive human
breast epithelial cells (PA 2015 70274)
• Light-driven system and methods for chemical modification of an
organic substrate (PA 2015 70464)
Small companies working closely together with departmental researchers may rent access to offices, laboratories and infrastructure at the department.
Companies currently renting space and facilities: