Cutting Edge Updates

Norway´s largest technology festival, 24 OCTOBER, 2019

17 OCT 2019

Roche – the global leader in personalised Healthcare is coming to Cutting Edge Festival 2019

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. More than thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2018 employed about 94,000 people worldwide.


Daniel Malarek is currently the General Manager of Roche Diagnostics Norway, the local and global leader in in-vitro diagnostics.
Daniel has worked for Roche in various functions in Switzerland, Austria, Russia, India and just prior to coming to Norway he was based in California working for Roche Molecular Diagnostics in development, assessing new technologies and setting up strategic partnerships. Daniel holds a PhD in Chemistry from The University of Melbourne and postdoc from the University of Basel and is passionate about personalised healthcare in order to positively impact society and improve patient care.

We are proud to have Roche as one of our sponsors, and look forward to hear Daniel Malarek+´s talk at Cutting Edge Festical 2019!


30 SEP 2019

The future of flying is electric – see the first Norwegian designed and built electric plane at Cutting Edge Festival 2019!

Electric aircrafts are happening – and it is happening fast! It´s going to change how we fly short to medium distances in the near future, and it might disrupt the existing industry in a big way with zero / extremely low emissions, dramatically lower cost, and higher frequency flights.

The Norwegian company Equator Aircraft is well positioned to be one of them. The company was founded  by Tomas Broedreskift in 2010, based on a Diploma he did together with Øyvind Berven, at Oslo school of Architecture and Design.
10 years with hard work and countless revisions and tests later, they executed the first test flights of their concept plane P2 this summer.

At Cutting Edge Festival 2019 you can experience the future of aircrafts close up and personal, and meet the team that designed and engineered it – Equator´s P2 plane will be a part of this year´s exhibition!

Join us at Oslo Science Park on 24th October – get your tickets now!

26 SEP 2019

Will artificial intelligence help or destroy humanity? Meet the director of the up and coming documentary iHuman at Cutting Edge Festival 2019!

Very few people truly understand AI’s full potential or can see clearly what is coming our way. The up and coming documentary iHUMAN goes inside the booming AI industry to explore the opportunities and challenges AI presents, investigate the dilemmas experts face as they drive this technology forward, and examine what impact AI is having and will have on the world and our humanity.

The director, Tonje Hessen Schei, is a Norwegian award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked with independent documentary production since 1996. Tonje is the director of DRONE, a documentary on the secret CIA drone war. The film also won the Norwegian Gullruten and Amanda awards, the Golden Nymph Award and received the award for The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year at Cinema for Peace in Berlin. Tonje has been featured in national and international media, including The Guardian, Monocle, VICE, Wired and has been on the BBC and CNN.

We are thrilled to hear her closing keynote on AI at this year´s Cutting Edge Festival, and in the exciting debate that follows!


23 SEP 2019

Holographic computing – a paradigm shift in medicine? Meet HoloCare at Cutting Edge Festival 2019!

HoloCare – Innovation Centre for Mixed Reality in Health, was established in March 2017 by The Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital and Sopra Steria.
It was facilitated by Norway Health Tech.

Henrik Brun from Oslo University Hospital will speak at Cutting Edge Festival, showing how they use technology from Microsoft HoloLens in the planning
of heart surgery, and how holographic computing will change how we use visualisations in medicine to improve procedures and save lives.
Is this a paradigm shift and what is next for HoloCare? Get your festival ticket and find out!


17 SEP 2019

Can a Norwegian pharmaceutical company cure cancer?

Ultimovacs is a pharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapies against cancer. The lead product candidate is UV1, a peptide-based vaccine inducing a specific T cell response against the universal cancer antigen telomerase.
UV1 is being developed as a therapeutic cancer vaccine which may serve as a platform for use in combination with other immuno-oncology drugs which require an ongoing T cell response for their mode of action.
Ultimovacs was established in 2011, its proprietary technology is based on pre-clinical and clinical research on immunotherapies conducted at the Oslo University Hospital. 

Øyvind Kongstun Arnesen, the CEO of Ultimovacs, is one of our keynote speakers this year.
We look forward to ask him: Will we have a vaccine to cure cancer within the next 5-10 years? 


16 SEP 2019

Minister of Digitalisation will open this year´s festival at Oslo Science Park

The Minister of Digitalisation is responsible for ICT policy in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. The Minister is also responsible for the work on electronic communications, including responsibility for the Norwegian Communications Authority. In addition, the Minister is responsible for the Altinn portal, business-oriented ICT, the Digital21 strategy for digitalisation of businesses in Norway, and resources for ICT research.

We are honoured to have the minister as our opening keynote speaker this year!

14 SEP 2019

Erik Solheim will speak at Cutting Edge Festival 2019!

Erik Solheim is a well known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-12. During that period he initiated the global program for conservation of rainforests. He brought Norwegian development assistance to 1%, the highest in the world. Erik has been chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the main body of world donors) 2012-as well as Executive Director of UN Environment. Erik led the peace efforts in Sri Lanka as the main negotiator of the peace process and has played a vital role in peace efforts in Nepal , Myanmar and Sudan. Currently he is senior adviser at World Resource Institute and Convener of the Global Coalition for Green Belt and Road.

We look forward to meet Erik Solheim at Cutting Edge Festival 2019!

7 SEP 2019

Environmental entrepreneur & world known futurist: Meet one of our keynote speakers, Ed Gillespie.

Ed Gillespie is a seriously credible and experienced voice on a range of key future-focused issues; from ‘Big Data’, through the future of work and the impact of AI, robots and technology, to how climate action can and must be reframed as seismic opportunity not just catastrophic threat. Professionally Gillespie is known for his own unique brand of authentic ‘insultancy’ – being strategically and playfully cheeky to clients, with judicious wit and wisdom to inspire them to greater heights and aspirations. He is highly adaptable, constructively challenging and pushes audience assumptions of business as usual, opening hearts and minds and then mapping possible practical solutions and opportunities.

A regular media contributor from the BBC to the Guardian, Gillespie is a sought after speaker, event host, lively compere and trusted Chairperson. Since 2001, he has presented all over the world, from Hong Kong to Bratislava, from Korea to Auckland and by audiences, from the UN and national governments, to multi-national corporations – we are lucky to get him to Oslo and Cutting Edge Festival 2019!


3 SEP 2019

Meet ShareLab – one of our collaborators

ShareLab is a launchpad for entrepreneurs and start-ups aiming to develop new products and services based on life science and biotechnology.
They offer office space, a fully equipped lab, lab management services, a commercial and scientific network, and mentoring – all on one floor at the vibrant Oslo Science Park.

You can meet them and learn more at Cutting Edge Festival!