Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster Available online

    Lecture: Innovative Frontrunners - How the Novo Nordisk Foundation Distinguished Innovators drive changes in life science

    Join us for a lecture about challenges and opportunities in Life Science innovation and entrepreneurship, and how Distinguished Innovators are contributing to driving change in the field.

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    05 October 2023


    We are excited to present an opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking research and innovations of three exceptional individuals. Professor Jan Terje Andersen (Oslo University), Professor Irina Borodina (Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU) and Professor Filipe Peirera (Lund University) have each received the prestigious Distinguished Innovator Grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, which allows innovative researchers in Life Science to explore the commercial potential of a discovery while remaining embedded in academia.

    During this lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from the grant recipients about their experiences in innovation, their journey towards receiving the grant, and how the grant has allowed them to bring their ideas to life. The lecture will also highlight the challenges and opportunities in Life Science innovation and entrepreneurship, and how the Distinguished Innovator Grant is contributing to driving change in the field.






    Jan Terje Andersen, Oslo University Hospital

    Received a grant in 2022 for exploring novel and innovative ways to design antibodies to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Jan Terje Andersen’s research will leverage his extensive knowledge on designing antibodies to develop new types that can effectively kill these bacteria. The same type of approach can also be used to develop antibodies that combat cancer. Jan Terje Andersen will use advanced biotechnology, cell experiments and studies of mice with the aim of transforming groundbreaking research into tailored new antibodies.


    Irina Borodina, Professor, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU

    Received the Distinguished Innovation Grant in 2021 for a journey from basic research over spinout to sale of her company for DKK 1.4 billion.


    Filipe Pereira, Professor, Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene
    Therapy, Lund University, Sweden,

    Received the Distinguished Innovation grant in 2023 to develop immunotherapy to be able to cure not just cancer but many more diseases. The purpose of the grant is to further develop a platform to screen single cells to thereby improve understanding of how various immune cells are activated.


    3:45 pm Arrival and Registration
    4:00 pm Welcome to the Novo Nordisk Foundation w/ Charlotte Schöller, Senior Scientific Manager, Novo Nordisk Foundation
    4:10 pm Professor Jan Terje Andersen (Oslo University),
    4:35 pm Professor Irina Borodina (Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU)
    5:00 pm Professor Filipe Pereira (Lund University)
    5:30 pm Networking with drinks and snacks for physical participants
    6:30 pm Thank you for today!
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    What is Science Cluster Lectures?

    The Science Cluster Lectures is a series of open lectures for all researchers and others interested in bioscience, biotechnology and health. Every 4 weeks, on Thursday evenings, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus.

    Will it be possible to attend physically and virtually?

    This will be a hybrid lecture with the possibility of attending both virtually and physically. Please note that we have a limited capacity for how many we allow to participate physically, and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    Will it be possible to ask questions?

    Yes. We take oral questions from physical audience and written questions from virtual participants.

    I would like to know about upcoming Science Cluster Lectures – where can I find information?

    You are very welcome to join the ‘Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster’s Linkedin and/or Facebook group. There you will find information about upcoming lectures, and much more.

    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    If you arrive by car, you can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road. Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    How do I cancel my participation?

    Please help us respecting our speakers, as well as keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Conference Manager or send an email to Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    Can I update my registration information?

    Yes, just log in to Conference Manager. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, you do not have to bring your ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation. You will find a tag with your name on it when you arrive.