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.

Bjørn-Morten Nerland

Co-founder and owner of Stargate Media, Grit Solution and Spinnable Experienced and passionate Cinematographer, working in the media production industry for over 17 years. Skilled in high- end VR/360 production, Film Production, Television production, as Nobel Peace Price Concert, Rihanna BBHMM VR experience to name a few. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Medieteknikk from Høgskolen i Lillehammer / Lillehammer University College (HiL).

Bjørn Morten has also been nominated to “Gullrutens Fagpris” several times in these categories: “This year’s innovation” and “Best photo multi-camera”.

Renate Fossum

Co founder and owner of Stargate Media, Grit Solution and Spinnable Experienced and passionate in VR with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in high end VR Campaigns, Film Production, Television, Media Production and Project Coordination. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Fjernsynsteknikk from Høgskolen i Lillehammer / Lillehammer University College (HiL).

Anne-Marthe Hellgren
Charlotte Ramstad Kleiveland

Charlotte Kleiveland completed her PhD thesis at University of Oslo in 2008. The work was conducted at Institute of Immunology, Oslo University Hospital. She continued her work as a postdoctor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) with in the areas of food and health. She has worked with questions related how environmental factors (including food and microorganisms) affect mucosal immunology, microbiota and molecular mechanism of the intestine.

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

Bjørn Simonsen is Vice President Market Development and Public Relations in Nel Hydrogen, a world leading hydrogen technology company. Bjørn has 9 years’ experience within the hydrogen sector, and holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from NTNU. He gets his inspiration from nature. At age 25 he spent one year in the mountains and forests of Norway, walking from the north to the south, and back again.

Gunnar Lindberg

Digitalization has open up new possibilities to improve customer experience of public transport. The market of public transport will be challenged and blurred with entrance of point-to-point car service at one end and larger buses at the other end. Design of contracts will be challenged by the future mode-neutral customer experience.

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’.

Aksel A. Transeth

Dr. Aksel A. Transeth received his PhD in robotics from the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2008. His PhD thesis was entitled “Modeling and control of snake robots”. During his PhD he was a visiting researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA, and at the University of Zürich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland. After his PhD, Dr. Transeth has worked at a Norwegian research institute, SINTEF, with projects on robotics ranging from the subsea to the space domain – and with applications within petroleum, space, manufacturing and search and rescue. Within snake robotics, Dr. Transeth has been a key resource in two research projects on snake robot locomotion, as well as two ESA projects on snake robots for space applications. Other areas of expertise and interest include motion estimation, modeling and business development.

Anna Fæhn Follestad

Anna Fæhn Follestad, M. Sc, is a Ph. D Research Fellow at the University of Oslo with a background in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research is focused on ionospheric physics and how space phenomena such as coronal mass ejections from the sun and northern lights influence modern satellite technology. The main goal of her research project is to develop a method for predicting the influence of space weather effects on worldwide navigation systems such as GPS and Galileo. This is part of the multidisciplinary strategic research initiative 4D Space at the University of Oslo, which aim is to increase our understanding of energy transfer, transport and coupling between different scales in the near Earth space.

Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda

Wilfried fuels today IOTA’s global business development efforts towards large corporations and leading institutions. Based in Oslo, he also drives IOTA’s collaboration with its growing Norwegian ecosystem of partners. He brings 16 years of nordic and international experience working for leading established firms and new venture start-ups as corporate strategy/M&A/business development professional, management consultant and entrepreneur. Starting his career in Offshore Oil & Gas in early 2000s, Wilfried pioneered the cleantech revolution in Europe working with players such as Statkraft, Econ Poyry Management Consulting, Scatec or Multiconsult and transitioned to work across siloes with disruptive digital technologies and business model innovation. Wilfried holds an Global EMBA from INSEAD and MSc from NTNU in Norway and Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France.

Tormod Fladby

Prof. Tormod Fladby is inventor of the patented technology which Pre Diagnostics AS is based on. In cooperation with leading industry experts, now Pre Diagnostics is developing the technology towards commercialization, with a blood test for early diagnosis of Alzheimers disease as the first product candidate. Tormod Fladby is professor of Neurology with tenure at Oslo University (UiO), senior consultant and head of the Department of Neurology at Akershus University Hospital (as of 01092017 Director of Research and Innovation) and chairman of Nansen Neuroscience Network. This year he was awarded “The dementia researcher of the year” by the National association for public health.

Ove Fredheim

Ove Fredheim (55) is head of the Business division in Telenor Norway, and has the main responsibility for Telenor’s activities and deliveries related to digitization of Norwegian cities and municipalities, small and large enterprises. He has previously been CEO in Telenor Serbia and Montenegro, member of the board in Telenor Norway, head of Group Markets in Telenor Group and has been CEO in Telenor Hungary in addition to several senior positions in Telenor in Norway and internationally. He has a Master in Marketing and Management from BI Norwegian Business School. Fredheim is from Drammen and lives in Asker.

Jon Harr

Jon Harr is senior adviser at the Norwegian Space Centre where he leads the activities dedicated to satellite projects. The latest are the two Norwegian mikrosatellites NorSat-1 and NorSat-2, which were successfully launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on July 14. NorSat-1 and 2 are currently orbiting Earth, monitoring maritime traffic and testing science and technology payloads. Before Jon Harr took up his current position at the Norwegian Space Centre he worked as a space engineer and project manager at the French space agency CNES. He has also worked as a range operations director DDO at the European Space Agency’s space port in French Guyana, launching Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega rockets.

Sissel Rønning

Sissel Rønning is a scientist with experience in biotechnology, food research and medical research with great interest and commitment to science. She’s a civil engineer in gene technology at the University of Tromsø and has PhD on GMOs from the National Veterinary Institute. She took her post.doc working on cancer research and human medicine in the Department of Pathology, Rikshospitalet. There she was studying cancer cell development and signaling. Today, she works as a food researcher at Nofima AS, where she’s responsible for in vitro cell systems. Interests: muscle development and food quality, bioactivity, food processes and health.

Ahmet Oguz Tezel

Ahmet Oguz Tezel is a research scientist at Graphene Batteries AS, Oslo. He conducted his M.Sc and PhD works at the department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU with an emphasis on electrochemistry. He currently undertakes engineering and design of various battery electrodes for Li-ion, Li-Sulphur and water-based batteries. He has also been a DJ for 15 years and performs at various clubs in Oslo on occasion.

Knut Fredrik Ramstad

Education MBA, business administation from Freidrich Alexander Universität Nûrnberg. Has more than 20 years experience in the media industry, Schibsted, Aftenposten, MediaNorge, Hjemmet Mortensen AS CEO Weibull AS – M & A, CEO Zentuvo AS. Built up 2 leading online sites FINN.NO and Doctor Online.

Erol Cagatay

Erol Cagatay is the CMO of Robot Aviation, and has been working with aircraft his whole life. His current mission is to accelerate the acceptance of drones into everyday life, especially for business applications with a positive impact both for society and industry. Previously, Erol has worked as a consultant, and in large enterprises such as Airbus and Siemens, with responsibilities including strategy, business development, and designing aircrafts. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a M.Sc. from Georgia Tech, and a B.Sc. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Espen Olsen

Espen Olsen has worked for Toyota for 19 years, as responsible for Products, pricing and sales planning and since 2009 head of PR and corporate communications.

Sergey Shaposhnikov

Dr Sergey Shaposhnikov is Managing Director at NorGenoTech AS and Research Scientist at the University of Oslo. For the last fifteen years closely connected with different aspects of life science and technology. Responsible for numerous innovations; co-author of many of the most highly cited papers in the area. Recent research focused on creating reliable tools for assessing DNA damage in individual cells. Applications include personalised medical diagnostics and safety assessment of novel chemicals and drugs.

Pål Bråthen

Pål Bråthen has thirty years of senior management experience from both publicly listed and privately held technology companies including more than 10 years from the Life Sciences industry. He has lived in Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and China in addition to possessing extensive business experience from the US and Japan serving as EVP for publicly listed companies such as Alpharma, PhotoCure and Tomra Systems. In 2016 Pål returned to Norway from Shanghai after heading Innovation Norway’s office there since 2013. Pål has extensive investor and board member experience from tech companies and holds a B.Sc. in business from Norway and a degree in international management from Germany.

Dag Falk-Peteresen

One- and two-seater fully electric aircraft have already taken to the sky. But will they ever be available for regular passenger traffic? Dag Falk-Petersen has been CEO of Avinor, Norway’s airport operator and air navigation service provider, since 2011. He was trained and served for several years as a pilot on a number of aircraft in the Royal Norwegian Air Force, including F16, and has held a wide range of operational and management positions in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). Before Mr. Falk-Petersen came to Avinor, he was CEO of CHC Helikopter Service in Norway. He still maintains his private pilot certificate.

Irep Gözen

Irep received her PhD in chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2013, and held postdoctoral positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, USA, from 2013-2016. Since September 2016, Irep is a group leader at the Nordic Centre for Molecular Medicine (NCMM), and adjunct associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, UiO. Irep’s current work focuses on artificial cells and cell organelles made from advanced biomaterials to understand biological complexity, and to develop medical & environmental applications.

Maren Hjorth Bauer

Maren has 10 years of experience from strategy, business development and marketing. She has worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co, Head of Strategy and Finance in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, VP Business Development in Orkla ASA and in Group marketing for Orkla Health. She is an active investor and advisor to several startups.

Jo Jørgen Stordal

J.J is the CEO and founder of Pointmedia and leads the AR and VR development from oil, gas to educational use.

Pointmedia develope AR-software for eyewear. AR is now a big part of the digitalization, and with eyewear you have an digital assistant that becomes a part of you.

Thiago Guerrera Martins

Thiago is the Principal Data Scientist in AIA Science. He heads the internal development of the AIA Analytics Suite and Analytics Engine, but is at the same time leading the Trondheim data science team and involved in some client projects.

Thiago joined AIA Science with a mission to help create a company that is truly centered around data and to address shortcomings in the industry that I have identified throughout his career. Statistics, Probability and decision making under uncertainty are fields of work that Thiago has worked with for many years. He holds a PhD in Statistics and started his career in finance and economics. He has experienced first hand the challenges of building large scale learning systems from his role as a Data Scientist at Yahoo. There, he worked on the search engine platform that powers many of Yahoo products. Nothing brings Thiago more joy than to overcome such challenges and to see the real value added by systems that are able to learn from data.

Thiago has a PhD in Statistics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Håvard Haugen

Haugen received a Master in chemical engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, UK in 2001 and a doctoral engineering degree in biomaterials from the Technische Universität München in 2004. Previously Håvard has been working with porous materials for biomedical purposes at the Central Institute for Medical Engineering in Munich (2001-2004), calcification of heart valves at Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Aachen (1999-2000), Germany and scaffolds production for the Tissue Engineering Center at Imperial College, London (2000-2001). Since 2013 he has been Associate Professor and Head of Department of Biomaterials, and Professor in Biomaterials since 2014. Haugen has been successful in attracting numerous research project with funding from EU and RCN. His research interests are biomaterials for soft and hard tissue regeneration. Haugen has published around 70 papers and has 8 patents.

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.