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About the Bio Studio program

Karsten Kristiansen
Professor, University of Copenhagen

"Karsten Kristiansen has worked in the field of molecular biology since the late 70s. He is a Professor at the Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Biomedicine in the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen and has served as a member of Scientific Advisory Boards in several life science companies, such as Evolva, and in research institutions around the world such as The National Institute of Nutrit..."

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Nikolaj Petersen

"Nikolaj works as an Entrepreneur in Residence in BII's Bio Studio program. Nikolaj has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen and has worked in academic groups studying lipid biology in Molecular Plant Biology and Oncology. Before becoming an Entrepreneur in Residence, he worked nine years with rare lysosomal and neurodegenerative diseases in a Danish startup, Orphazyme. Here, he worked wi..."

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Interview with Karsten Kristiansen

What have you learned about establishing companies that you can use in academia?

I have learned that companies work with strict deadlines and clear goals, which we are not always used to in academia. Another thing I have learned is to always keep in mind that pursuing patents is what creates real value.

How did you develop an eye for potential spinouts or translational projects?

I think I have always had an eye for that. Personally, I don’t do science just for the sake of science, and to make an impact, you must translate it. I believe it comes naturally for many researchers as most of us wish to benefit society through our discoveries. After spending 30 years looking at different technologies, it has become easier to see the differentiators and identify what could bring value.

What are the most promising technologies or solutions you have seen come out of industrial biotech?

We are only just seeing the beginning of what we can do when sequencing is coupled with bioinformatics and extensive sets of metadata. The advances that have been made in other fields of life sciences can be applied in the agricultural space, and this will lead to a real change in how food is produced over the next ten years.

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