Innovation – Biologisk Institut - Københavns Universitet

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.

Collaboration with industry and SME partners

BIO-UCPH continually strives to strengthen the 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 with 139 unique companies from all over the world, as indicated in the table below.

 Country/Region Interactions %    
 Denmark 88 35,5 
 EU (-Denmark) 57 23,0 
 North America 85 34,3 
 Australasia 16 6,5 
 RoW 2 0,8 
 Total 248 100,0 

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 
 Protein science 21 8,5 
 Disease relevant physiology,
 cell biology & genetics
47 19,0 
 RNA as drugs and in disease 8 3,2 
 Genomics-based approaches 90 36,3 
 Marine science 19 7,7 
 Bio-agriculture 14 5,6 
 Classic microbiology-oriented 9 3,6 
 Total 248 100,0 

BIO-UCPHs collaboration with international companies has almost tripled within the past five years. We interpret this a result of strong international relations and a demand for our research.

To also support national companies, BIO-UCPH is strengthening its communication with Danish companies. Thus, BIO has launched a strategic initiative aimed at offering open discussions concerning potential collaboration.

Present BIO core interest collaboration themes

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
    • Water
    • Animal behavior and welfare and breeding genetics
    • Screening, imaging and biomarkers
    • Bioinformatics, patient stratification, RNA and computational models
    • The skin microbiome
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • CNS
    • 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.

Incorporating innovation in education

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.

Patent applications

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)

Supporting SMEs with incubation facilities

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:

Some of our collaboration partners