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Feel the pain, then push harder

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Hemispherian Oncology

Feel the Pain, then Push Harder

Published February 26, 2020

It is a moment in every marathon race where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, ‘I can do this’. We know, it is a cheap trick to use sports lingo to describe entrepreneurship. However, in the case of Adam Robertson, Chief Scientific Officer and scientific founder of Hemispherian Oncology, it is more than tempting. It is necessary. Adam is a no-bullshit type with the stamina of a sleigh dog, his upbringing being far from winter and snow.

During boyhood years he was fed on Brunswick stew, peanut soup, and marble cake in Virginia, the birthplace of America. His father’s military assignment brought him to Guam for three years before he attended Virginia Tech and later University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for doctoral work. It was, however, as a postdoctoral researcher and group leader at Oslo University Hospital he understood that academic life was really not for him. Another day, another paper. Adam wanted to feel the pain, push harder, make an impact. He invented a novel CRISPR-like technology called RACeR, but what finally made him pull out of academia was the discovery that a group of small molecules would selectively kill glioblastoma cells. Glioblastoma patients have a median survival of 15-16 months. It was a no brainer: he wanted to make an impact, he exited academia.

Hemispherian Oncology has been hand built and bootstrapped by Adam, his Swiss partner Zeno Albisser (CEO), and a small dedicated team of scientists. This year they will do a seed round, imagine what they can do with money. Back to the sports lingo. The marathon is not really about the running (or the running entrepreneur), it's about the shared struggle. You will not be surprised that Adam is a marathon runner both intellectually and as a matter of fact.

Adam Robertson will give the lunch seminar at ShareLab 5 March 2020 at 11 am titled ‘Glioblastoma: not licenced to kill’. The seminar is open to all interested. Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and pastry will be served. Check more details here

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Lunch Seminar Program WS 2020

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Lunch Seminar Program W/S 2020

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Lunch seminars WS20

Published 13 December 2019

ShareLab's lunch seminar program is out. Biotech lovers are in for a real treat 

In 2020 we will take a full dive into the science underpinning our member companies. The first four seminars are dedicated to human drug og dx start-ups covering inflammation, Alzheimer, and cancer. Closer to summer we will be introduced to how stem cell research may render it possible to culture meat, while our last seminar in June is reserved for fish health and aquaculture. The title of the latter seminar is yet to be announced.

Bring your own lunch to ShareLab – we will serve coffee and drinks. All interested welcome. Seminars are held in our co-working space at Oslo Science Park unless otherwise announced. Please show interest by using our Facebook event page posted 3 weeks ahead of the seminar date.

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IP Clinic at ShareLab

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Dehns at ShareLab

IP Clinic

Published 27 September 2019

Do you struggle with your biotech IPR? Do not despair. European patent attorneys Dehns are running an IP clinic at ShareLab on 1st October 2019. 

Dehns are members of ShareLab and offer current and future members a helping hand. If you are in need, please send an email to sharelab@dehns.com

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About HPLC*

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HPLC at ShareLab: scientists from member company Vaccibody having a ball.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About HPLC*

*But Were Afraid to Ask

Published 6 May 2019

Would you like to separate, identify, or quantify components in a mixture? At SharaLab we have both analytical and preparative HPLC systems at you disposal. No or little experience? No, worries! Join our workshop 29 May and we will make you fly. 

The workshop is a collaboration between Matriks and ShareLab. We start off with a little theory before we head off to the lab to run some real samples. If you would like to run your own samples, you are welcome to join our community. Also, if you would like help with the first samples (or the whole campaign for that matter), we have HPLC experts ready to help you off the ground. Check out the program and sign up HERE. Other questions? Reach out via FaceBook's Messenger.
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Something Fishy is Going On

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Something Fishy is Going On

Published April 9 2019

How may life scientist help better control this biological risk in aquaculture?

ShareLab kicked off 2019 with an excursion to Bremnes Seashore’s fantastic hatchery at Trovåg and has since then spent time with the industry at every major aquaculture conference. We already have aquaculture startups within biofilm, lice vaccines, salmon genomics, and submersible pens. Going forward we would like to see DNA vaccines, pathogen bioinformatics, biological counter lice measures, and rapid diagnostic tests.

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Bioprocessing: Stirred, But Not Shaken

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Bioprocessing: Stirred, But Not Shaken

Published Descember 29th 2019

Do you want to give your shake flasks cultivation an extra boost? Then do not wait any longer and transfer to a bioreactor or fermenter. ShareLab will teach you how. Sign up for the workshop 6 February 2019.

The workshop is a collaboration between Eppendorf, SINTEF, and ShareLab. The workshop will kick off with a teach-in on the advantages and challenges of shaker cultures, before participants are introduced to bioreactors by Eppendorf experts. Bioreactors are not just about scaling up and scaling down, but also to gain control and enhance reproducibility. You probably know that bacteria, yeast, plant cells, insect cells and mammalian cells are cultured in bioreactors, but did you know that stems cells may also be cultured this way? Inga Marie Aasen from SINTEF will share great cases and work from her labs and after lunch there will be a hands-on demonstration of a bioreactor in ShareLabs. We will use the the Eppendorf BioFlo® 120 and the DASbox® as demonstration systems.

Challenges with you own culturing, fermentation or expression? No problem, bring your questions and consult the experts during the workshop.

Check out the program and sign up HERE.

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Corticalis: Creating optimal bone regeneration

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Corticalis: Creating optimal bone regeneration

Published Descember 10th 2018

Corticalis AS was founded in 2001 by Profs Jan Eirik Ellingsen and Staale Petter Lyngstadaas to make material contributions to dentistry. Still, the company’s main assets are immaterial. Since 2001 Corticalis has successfully developed, out-licensed, and sold a number of patent portfolios to major players in the dental implant industry.

"Our vision at Corticalis is that all our products should be thoroughly tested - to more stringent standards than those found in current regulations. We use known materials and manufacture our products in a new way. This is why we believe our products will be a game changer in the medical device market."

Håvard J. Haugen (Research manager)

Corticalis’ main goal is to create optimal bone regeneration. In order to do this, they develop products that enable bone regeneration from both a biological and a 3D structural, mechanical guided (3D-GBR) bone regeneration approach. Corticalis focuses R & D on three new technologies: a titanium based ceramic bone graft material (NuBone®), a synthetic peptide family (NuPep™), and a paste for peri-implantitis treatment (NuGel™). NuGel™ has also been developed to combat oral bacterial infections without antibiotics, to aid in the struggle against MDR bacteria.

"Conditions such as trauma, tumors, cancer, periodontitis and osteoporosis may lead to bone loss, reduced bone growth and lower bone volume. To help these patients, it is critical to find methods to improve bone growth and to regain bone anatomy. Our NuBone may be used as a framework for the cells participating in the bone regeneration process, but also as a substitute for lost bone structure."

S. Petter Lyngstadaas (CEO)

As entrepreneurs, it is important for Corticalis to be part of a community with other like-minded colleagues. ShareLab offers this possibility. In addition, the company also has access to the lab-space needed to continue experimenting and enhancing their products - ShareLab fits the bill perfectly!

The ShareLab team is excited to have Corticalis as a member and wish them the best of luck!

Published by: Iselin H. Wood

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KARINA KOVALCHUK WINS LABORATION

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KARINA KOVALCHUK WINS LABORATION'18 

Published November 24th 2018

The Aker BioMarine and ShareLab Laboration challenge winner is Karina Kovalchuck - congratulations! Karina won a full year at ShareLab (sponsored by Aker BioMarine) with access to lab, co-working space, and mentoring. B'ZEOS, the runner-up, took home 3 full months at ShareLab.

The Laboration challenge started out with eight competitors pitching their ideas to the Aker BioMarine panel on October 11th. The final "pitch-off" between Karina Kovalchuk's vitamin C project and B'ZEOS' bioplastic was held on November 22nd.

For an introduction to the Laboration winner Karina Kovalchuck, check out this video:

Video: Aker BioMarine

Published by: Iselin H. Wood

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LABORATION: Panel Day

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LABORATION: Panel Day

Published October 11th 2018

The first ever Laboration contestants made their pitches to Aker BioMarine panel on October 11. The specially selected eight candidates are competing for a free 12 month membership at ShareLab, with access to lab & lab management, office space, and mentorships – generously sponsored by Aker BioMarine.

The participants’ ideas will be evaluated on innovation level, commercial potential, societal benefits, and several other key factors.

Armend G. Håti, Ph.D. and director of Product Development at Aker BioMarine, said:

"At Aker BioMarine we are strong supporters of thinking outside the ordinary and we always seek to support innovators that also share our drive to improve human and planetary health. Our sponsorship with ShareLab is one example of this. We are pleased to have received lots of interesting biotech cases and were impressed by the cases in our pitch-competition today."

What happens now?

The panel will make their picks, and in November, the three top picks face off in the Laboration final. Who will make out with the head prize? Follow us for updates!

Who is in the running?

Meet our Laboration contestans on our Facebook page.

"Our innovators are the heart of ShareLab. The Laboration sponsorship from Aker BioMarine is both a great opportunity for us to include new members to the ShareLab family and a path for entrepreneurs to lift their projects to a completely new level. We very much look forward to welcoming the Laboration winner"

Esben A. Nilssen, Managing Partner of ShareLab

Published by: Iselin H. Wood

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Sample preparation and real-time PCR

Sample preparation and real-time PCR

VWR hosted a sold-out lab course when they invited to training in “sample preparation and real-time PCR” in ShareLab on September 17th.

It was obvious that ShareLab would be the perfect place to facilitate a lab course with mix of theory and hands-on training including analysis. ShareLab Lab Manager and VWR employee, Inderjit S. Marjara, hosted the full-day course with help from VWR team. Inderjit has over 20 years of experience within biotechnology and lab work. He was enthusiastic after the event:

“Although it takes a lot of effort to host such training, it was all worth it. The best part was the enthusiastic participants, they showed curiosity and asked good questions throughout the event. I soon realized that such training should be offered more often, not only on qPCR and sample handling but also other topics.”

- Inderjit S. Marjara, ShareLab and VWR

Lab course consisted of the whole workflow from taking the sample, through long-term storage, extraction of DNA and qPCR. Followed by a brief section on qPCR analysis. It is more or less an impossible task to cover all this in detail, but active participants and good discussions is key and shows what should be emphasized on.

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Last month’s event was fully booked w/waiting list established. New lab courses are scheduled and will be published later this fall and after Christmas, follow ShareLab newsletter and Facebook page to stay updated.