Newsletter from MarLife • December • 2013
Pierre Erwes (left), Biomarine Business Convention and Øystein Lie, MarLife, are committed to the new Biomarine International Clusters Association BICA. Here
from meeting in Paris, desember 2013.
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THE MARLIFE NEWS • DECEMBER • 2013
WE ARE ALL
IN THE SAME
Manuel Pinto de Abreu, Portugal's Secretary of State of the
Sea, accompanied by Arne Benjaminsen, Director General,
Research and Innovation Department, The Norwegian
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, opens the Marine
Innovation Day in Bergen, Tuesday March 4. Some new
innovations have been done to the Innovation Day itself!
Headline for the most important meeting in the international
marine innovation community in 2014 is: «Solutions to next
generation marine sector - all in the same boat”
Karl Almås CEO Sintef Fishery & Aquaculture, chairs the meeting,
Jostein Refsnes, Chairman Nordlaks, is the moderator and Kjell
Maroni, R&D Director FHF is co-chairing with Mr Almås and Maroni is
chairing the award committee and the award ceremony.
Approaching christmas we have already a notable schedule for
the innovation day with high level key speakers on the marine
Francisco Saraiva Gomes, Novus Aqua, will outline the
Innovations in Global Marine Aquaculture with major trends:
Aquaponics. Followed by Thor Sigfusson, Managing Director Iceland
Ocean Cluster, he will talk about sustainable exploitation of marine
Pierre Erwes, CEO BioMarine, will outline the new Biomarine
International Clusters Association BICA, where Mr. Erwes is cofounder and chairman.
The brand new feature at our 2014 meeting are the innovative
case award, with money prizes to the winners. The case
presentations will take place already before the first coffee break.
The innovative case award ceremony is held in the second half of
the innovation day, to give ekstra focus on those talented
innovators who works day and night to meet the future marine
challenges with new solutions.
It will be presentede eight innovative cases in all fields and all
Above: Audience at
2013. Photo: Gorm
Right: Manuel Pinto
de Abreu and Arne
parts of the value chain, each with 7,5 minutes available time for
presentation. New inventions with commercial potentials, novel
solutions within existing businesses or within startups and follow up
on prior cases will be exposed pre conference on web, during
conference by posters, oral presentations and to compete for award.
At the award ceremony four hours later, Kjell Maroni, will present
the winners of Marine Innovation Day Award 2014 and Young Talent
The financial challenge
Ragnar Tveteraas, Professor, Head of Center of Innovation
Research, University of Stavanger, will give new insight in the
innovative needs and finance framework to expand the “Blue
Odd Magne Rødseth, Group Director Aquaculture, EW Group, will
give his views on how to engine the innovative dynamics between
manufacturers and solution providers. Klara Stensvåg, Professor
University of Tromsø, will show Marine Bioactive miracles with vast
Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, University of Oslo,will talk
about Marine genomics and its vast potential to advance all marine
Round Table and One2One
Also a new feature: Jostein Refsnes, Chairman Nordlaks:, will
moderate the “Marine Round Table”. Refsnes intends to
challenge the keynote speakers in a dynamic session, also
interacting with the audience.
Finally the organizing committee lead by professor Øystein Lie,
Executive Manager of MarLife and Tanja Hoel, Executive Manager of
Fiskeriforum Vest, has decided to arrange the Innovation Dayand
one2-one meetings. Assisted by an online service, the delegates will
be profiled and given the opportunity to pre order one2one-meetings
at any time they prefer during the conference.
THE MARLIFE NEWS • DECEMBER • 2013
BICA TO SET SAIL
Right: Prince Albert is the
honorary chair of BICA.
The new Biomarine International Clusters Association (BICA)
with Prince Albert as honorary chair, is now established with
headquarters in Monaco. The board consists of global biomarine networkers teaming up with the founders MarLife
and Biomarine Business Convention.
Øystein Lie and Pierre Erwes met in Paris in December to sum up a
busy autumn preparing the new BICA for an even more busy
- The BICA is setting sail aiming to build a powerful association of
clusters engaged in global and local biomarine innovation and entrepreneurship, concludes Mr Erwes and Mr Lie.
The association, registered in Monaco with Prince Albert as honorary chair and the tasks of the new body, was discussed and outlined during the Biomarine Business Convention i Halifax in
September 2013, where the Prince confirmed his endorsement.
In short BICA will seek to represent the marine global community
when communicating with regulators and authorities in developing
acts and regulatories. BICA will act as an extended arena for business
and investment opportunities and hold a dynamic information directory of relevant marine data.
The BICA board:
- His Excellency Bernard Fautrier , CEO of Prince Albert II of
Monaco foundations: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deborah Mosca, Chief Executive Officer, MCOI - Marine Bio-Technologies Center of innovation: email@example.com
- Ilaria Nardello, Marine Biotechnology Research Coordinator, National University of Ireland, Galway, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oystein Lie, CEO MarLife, Oystein.Lie@forskningsparken.no
- Pierre Erwes, Executive Chairman BioMarine, email@example.com
One of the first tasks for the BICA board will be to engage an
excecutive team, which is on the agenda early 2014.
Marine business centered in Oslo
Oslo's first co-working space for marine business and innovation
will materialize early January 2014 at Norway’s main interface
between Academia and industry, Oslo Science Park. The business
centre will host marine companies and provide access to state of
the art offices, meeting rooms and research facilities in addition to
being head quarter of MarLife. The construction commenced mid
October this year. It is anticipated that the hub will be supplied
with more infrastructure of relevance for marine innovation in the
years to come like lab customized experimental facilities, lab hotels, incubator etc.
Diplomatic efforts at MarLife
Lim Shrimp Organization (LSO) visited MarLife the 18th of October
2013 at Oslo Science Park accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Norway, Zhao Jun.
Øystein Lie invited Lim Shrimp Organization to establish an office
at MarLife Business Centre. Lie also discussed with the Ambassador
how the relationship Norway-China was developing and potentially
improving. Ambassador Zhao replied that the relationship was still
very challenging, but the Marine Business Centre initiative would
definitely contribute in a positive way. The marine sector in one of
the most important in the Norwegian-Chineese relations.
Opportunities in microalgae
Microalgae has vast genetic diversity and versatile cultivating options. A lot is going globally in the field, from basic R&D to scaled
production and marketing a vast array of products.
MarLife are into a series of microalgae analyses and reports, the
first of which is carried out as a joint delivery from the Blue Bio project. The report is spanning from describing the biology of interesting
target algae, landscape of R&D groups and commercial players, outlooks on trends and developments etc.
Currently, we are planning establishing an experimental scale microalgae facility in Oslo Science Park in collaboration with Oslotech
AS. People involved at MarLife headquarter in the micro algae efforts
are: Jon Aulie,Pål Myhre, Sytse Ybema and Lene Jahnsen.
The MarLife miniseminar in December created a vibrant dialogue
between the Academia and the business players. At the meeting,
held at NMBU, important problems like dark muscle spots and Piscine reo virus and heart and muscle inflammation was on the
agenda together with Zebrafish as cost efficient model for fundamental disease studies.
The enhance dialogue academia/business is not least spot on in
the BioVerdi report on a common biotechnology platform for
innovation and entreprenurship. The report, where the marine
sector is significant, is to be published in 2014. It is now in the
conclusive prossess, and will be finalized early in the new year.
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Marine Innovation Day
2013: From left George
Maroni, Jostein Refsnes
and Øystein Lie.
THE NEWatNMBU, but
Prof. Lieintop job
Øystein Lie is from January 1st in his new position as Dean
at the VetBio Faculty, The Norwegian University of
Environment and Life Science.
Oslo Business Memo printed this profile story in December
The Biomarine Business Center at Oslo Science Park, the planned
life science complex at Oslo University and huge investments in
the new bio and veterinary university NMBU at Ås, reflects a vast
A unique environment of marine players which
allows interaction to increase idea flow and
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amount of future marine and biotech opportunities in Oslo.
At the center of Oslo's marine innovation gravity is the network
MarLife, lead by professor Øystein Lie. The senior marine
entrepreneur and bio scientist is spending days and nights working
for a new world order when it comes to science based business.
It has not always been easy for scientists to play with business
entrepreneurs. Professor Lie, himself, an entrepreneur and founder of
GenoMar, is taking on new academic challenges as dean at the
VetBio Faculty, NMBUfrom January 2014.
- Making the world able to feed it's rapidly growing population,
we have to find new cost efficient and sustainable solutions for food
production. Biotechnology’s enabling power is one aspect, systemic
approaches to find and sustainably exploit new sources and provide
more food output from aquaculture and the fantastic riches of the
different trophic levels of the sea is another, making science and
business cooperate more trustfully is a third and very important
aspect, says professor Øystein Lie. Starting in his new dean job, he
will still continue to manage MarLife at the strategic level and
building networks of cooperation in the biomarine field worldwide.
He is soon closing a two year project, the BioVerdi report on
Norwegian bioeconomy as the countrys new, important platform for
economic development. Involving 50 parties, from the academic
captains to leaders in the four big sectors industry, marine, health
and agriculture, the report establishes a common, national platform
for biotech innovation and entrepreneurship.
- We are really speaking about Norway's new oil, says prof. Lie,
managing the report's secretariat together with Marius Øgaard, head
of networks and competence at Oslotech.
The global challenges will for the years to come be a playground
for Øystein Lie and his allies, now building a new global network
connecting regional and national biomarine clusters. Read about
BICA, the Biomarine International Clusters Association on the
Not least; the preparation for the annual biomarine innovation
summit in Bergen, Biomarine Innovation Day, is fighting for space in
Øystein Lie's over-tight schedule. He did not find more hours than 24
per day. Or did he?
Portugal,30 – 31 Oct. 2014
In Cascais 30-31 October 2014 trendsetting players and
stakeholders of all marine sectors will meet to address
the most central issues for the development of the blue
economy and to do business.