SPEAKERS

Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy – the Worlds Most Connected Man. With up to 700 life-logging systems capturing real-time data he is optimizing his life – from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. Come meet him at Cutting Edge.

“There are mountains of data in everything we use at home, even when it’s not ‘smart. By the end of the decade, there will not be a job on Earth that hasn’t been changed by smart objects, wearable computing or personal information.”

Chris Dancy

Jon Medved

Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur, crowdfunding guru and one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists. He’s the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors.

“Equity crowdfunding is becoming a more viable, accessible and attractive option for non-institutional investors in sectors that affect everyday life.”

Jon Medved

Peter Verstrate

Peter Verstrate is a food technician working to produce meat for human consumption from animal stem cells. By creating meat from stem cells Verstrate hopes to decrease meat productions negative impact to the environment.

“Meat production is already causing serious harm to the planet, yet most of us are not prepared to exclude meat from our diet; we have a fatal attraction to meat. Cultured meat has the potential to become the much needed acceptable and sustainable alternative.”

Peter Verstrate

Oh Jun-Ho

Professor Oh Jun-Ho is the head of the Humanoid Robot Research Center at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). In 2015 the KAIST-team won the Darpa Challenge, a competition for autonomous vehicles.

“I believe we have already achieved technological prowess through developing the HUBO robot over the past decade. The center will continue to strive for further development of original technology crucial for humanoid robots’ key components,”

Oh Jun-Ho

Samar Singla

Samar is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and a physicist by education. He sold his first company, Prodigy foods and followed it with his second venture Click Labs, a profitable SaaS technology solution provider. Jugnoo, his third venture is India’s largest crowdsourced app for auto rickshaw hailing and hyperlocal commerce. It connects riders with safe, reliable, convenient auto rickshaw transportation across 40+ cities in India. Samar has previously worked as a researcher at IBM and CERN. He is an avid traveler and amateur photographer who likes to document the everyday world.

Ola Nilsen

Ola Nilsen, professor in nanotechnology at UiO and CEO in Baldur Coatings AS, inventing thin films for batteries, solar cells and cell growth.

Joel Glover

Joel Glover has been working at the University of Oslo since the 1980s. He is the head of a research group focusing on brain development, spinal regeneration and stem cells at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. He also serves as head of the National Centre for Stem Cell Research.

Bente Edvardsen

Bente Edvardsen, professor in Marine Biology at the Universitet of Oslo.
She explores the diversity and distribution of microalgae and other protists in the Ocean by metagenomics, advanced microscopy and culturing.

Sabrina Sartori

Sabrina Sartori is originally from Italy, where she earned her PhD in 2003. She joined the University of Oslo in 2013 as associate professor, where she teaches science and technology of renewable energy at the Department of Technology Systems.

Tom Lysemose

Bjørn Simonsen

Gunnar Lindberg

Anita Kåss

Physician and researcher, Anita Kåss, is the developer of a hormonal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, based on her PhD at the University of Oslo. This work led to the largest licensing agreement made by a Norwegian hospital. Anita lost her mother at the age of 13 to arthritis, spurring Anita to pursue a career in the research of rheumatism with a focus in arthritis.

Henning Mork

Evandro Fang

Dr. Evandro F. Fang is investigating the molecular mechanisms of one of the most fundamental and fascinating topic: “human aging”. After he finished his Ph.D training in Hong Kong, he started a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Aging USA with Dr. Vilhelm Bohr, focusing on the roles of the “human power house” mitochondria in human aging and age-related diseases, including neurodegeneration. He started his independent career at the University of Oslo in September 2017.

His laboratory is working on the molecular mechanisms on how cells clear their damaged and aged mitochondria, a process called “mitophagy”, and the roles of mitophagy in Alzheimer’s disease. He is fascinated to and actively engaged in moving his laboratory findings to translational applications, and with the overarching goal to establish novel and safe biological approaches to promote longer and healthier human lives.

Ivar Meyvantsson

Dr. Ivar Meyvantsson is the CEO of the Norwegian-Icelandic medical device company Mentis Cura AS, which is in the process of building clinically-validated software to aid in diagnosis of brain disorders including Alzheimer‘s Disease. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA.

He has helped bring four start-up companies off the ground over the past 12 years, all focused on innovations in biomedicine, ranging from cancer drug optimization to improved sample prepration for Next Generation Sequencing. Prior to Mentis Cura Dr. Meyvantsson headed up operations for biologics drug discovery innovator Invenra Inc.

Charles Martin

Dr. Charles Martin is a specialist in computer music, interaction and musical AI. At UiO, he is developing new ways to make social music on smartphones.

Bjørn K. Haugland

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland is Executive Vice President and the Chief Sustainability Officer in DNV GL Group. In his capacity as CSO for DNV GL group he oversees the groups sustainability performance and drives company-wide sustainability initiatives. Haugland has extensive experience assisting multinational companies in areas such as sustainability, climate change and innovation.

Haugland is board member in StormGeo, the University of Bergen, WWF, Germanischer Lloyd SE, Global Maritime Knowledge Hub and in SUSTAINIA. He is responsible for the Global Opportunity Report and the Global Opportunity Explorer, a joint initiative together with UN Global Compact and Sustainia.

Michael Solem

Michael Solem (BSc, MSc, DIC) is a biologist with extensive knowledge in nature and plant physiology with a strong background in the hydroponics industry. Mr. Solem has worked throughout the hydroponics industry with some of the foremost experts from sectors such as architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, IT and agriculture, developing hydroponic growing solutions. He specializes in terrestrial biology, and how plants respond to biotic and abiotic stresses. MSc and DIC in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, 2009, BSc in Ecology, Lancaster University, 2008.

Adam Robertson

Dr. Adam Robertson is the head of the DNA metabolism project group at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Oslo University Hospital. Through his research and in collaboration with others, he has developed a method to precisely edit the genome. In parallel, Dr. Robertson studies the biological effects of naturally occurring DNA base modifications. Dr. Robertson received his BS in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech, USA). He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He has authored multiple publications in diverse fields, including DNA repair, helicase biochemistry, and DNA modifications. His detailed studies of nucleic acid metabolism have yielded several patents, industrial collaborations, and commercial licensing agreements.

Steven Ray Wilson

Steven Ray Wilson is an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo. Wilson´s field is analytical chemistry, developing novel approaches for e.g. measuring hormones, drugs, proteins, lipids and environmental pollutants. Primary tools are mass spectrometry and chromatography. Key focuses are analysis of very small biosamples, and automation. In the later years he has focused on diagnostics, primarily in cancer research. Wilson is a part of the convergence environment “Organ on a chip and nano-devices” and the strategic environment “Diatech@UiO”. Multi-disciplinary research is a key to Wilson´s work. He is also an advocate for open access publishing, to make research as available as possible to as many as possible. Wilson is an award-winning lecturer, recently winning the “Lecturer of the Year” award at the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Anders M. Fjell

Anders Martin Fjell is professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Oslo. His research is focused on how the brain develops during childhood and changes throughout the rest of the life, and which consequences these changes have for cognitive functions. An important aspect of this research regards the brains potential for change – so-called neural plasticity – and factors that restrict this plasticity. Together with professor Kristine B Walhovd, he established the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition, now consisting of about 25 researchers.

Marie E. Rognes

Marie E. Rognes, PhD, is a Chief Research Scientist at the Section for Computing and Software at Simula Research Laboratory. Marie is an applied mathematician and her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. From 2012-2016, Rognes led the Biomedical Computing Department at Simula Research Laboratory, an interdisciplinary and international research team spanning mathematics, computer science, physics, physiology and medicine. In 2015, Rognes won the 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, was elected a Founding Member of the Young Academy of Norway, and received the 2015 Simula Research Award. She was also awarded a FRIPRO Young Research Talents Grant from the Research Council of Norway for the project ‘Waterscape: The numerical waterscape of the brain’. In 2016, Rognes was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in Mathematics for the project ‘Waterscales: Mathematical and computational foundations for modelling cerebral fluid flow’.

Talks at Cutting Edge

We have two main stages at Cutting Edge – talks only.
Forum
Oslo Science Parks largest conference hall, fitting up to 150 people. Talks held in Forum will also be streamed in our bakery (Parken Bakeri) and in the cinema – see map.
Dome
Built above the premises of Oslo Science Park, on a large grass field, measuring 30 meters in diameter and 15 meters tall the dome will fit up to 700 people.

In addition we have a third stage for start-up pitching and product or news launches. You can find the Launch Stage in immediate closeness to Forum.

Please note that people are seated on a first-come, first-served basis – in the order of arrival. Streaming is made available at designated areas.