This week’s editorial

Firstly Id like to wish you all a happy new year, and I hope that the planning for the research year is well underway and please see Amras, Silkes and Eysteins piece below with respect to upcoming application process and deadlines this spring.

Prior to the Christmas break I had the opportunity to participate in the EATRIS combined platform meeting in Slovenia. EATRIS is the European Research Infrastructure Consortium for Translational Medicine ( and its goal is to support researchers (academia, funders, SME & biotech/pharma) in developing their biomedical discoveries into novel Translational tools and Interventions for better health outcomes for society. It has 5 platforms of expertise, namely; Biomarkers, imaging and Tracing, small molecules, ATMPs and biologicals, and vaccines. The idea of the consortium to facilitate public-private collaboration and provide research services and access to expertise, provide regulatory support and to collaborate between academia and industry in development and validation of novel tools. In particular for those who are working in these areas and planning H2020 applications I would suggest that you contact Eartris to see if they can help you partner with industry for the development of your ideas. University of Bergen is currently a member so please consider exploiting this opportunity to strengthen your applications or development of your commercial ideas.

The University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO), Biomedical Network and Digital life Norway would like to inform you about an IP seminar to be held at Bikuben, Haukeland University Hospital, Monday January 28th 2019, 12:30 -18:30. With a number of exciting speakers this seminar will give you several reasons to engage in innovation, and demonstrate how patenting and publishing both can be successfully achieved, enlighten how to accomplish an impact for your innovation, and Norwegian and international projects will be presented and discussed. Seats are limited so please register for this event. More details can be found here. Furthermore, the organizers are inviting a wider audience to seminars on Start-ups and Innovation mindset and a workshop on Design thinking.

Finally, Id like to remind you about the upcoming research presentations from the Research School in Clinical Medicine (23 – 24.1.) K2 is nicely represented, so a good chance of getting to know what your colleagues have been doing in 2018.

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