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Innovation Norway is a state-owned company and a national development bank. It was formed in 2004 through the merger of four governmental organizations. These organizations were: The Norwegian Tourist Board The Norwegian Trade Council The Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund The Government Consultative Office for Inventors The goal of Innovation Norway is to promote nationwide industrial development with focus on both the business economy and Norway's national economy. It also has the goal of releasing the potential of the different districts and regions in Norway by contributing to innovation, internationalisation and promotion. Innovation Norway has offices in all the Norwegian counties, with the head office in Oslo. It also has offices in 30 countries around the world. Innovation Norway runs Visitnorway.com which won three Webby Awards in 2009.Innovation Norway has over 500 employees worldwide and has supported maritime transportation, biotechnology, thin film, alternative fuel and many other types of projects.The evergreen investment company Investinor was established in 2008 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Innovation Norway. Investinor's mandate is to invest in private companies aiming for international growth and expansion. In December 2012 the ownership was transferred to the Ministry of trade and industry. Wikipedia.

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Myhr A.I.,Innovation Norway
Current Issues in Molecular Biology | Year: 2017

DNA vaccines have great potential as preventive or therapeutic vaccines against viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases as well as cancer, and may also be used as gene therapy products. Although many human and veterinary DNA vaccines have been investigated in laboratory trials, only four of these have been approved for commercial use. In this paper an overview of the regulatory requirements for the development of DNA vaccines is given. The regulatory process in EU and USA is described. A discussion concerning the relevance of national regulations on gene technology is included. In addition the main safety concerns associated with DNA vaccines, relating to unwanted side effects in the vaccinated mammal or fish, are presented. Finally, the need for greater openness regarding the assessment information is discussed. © 2017, Caister Academic Press. All rights reserved.

Kristensen V.N.,University of Oslo | Kristensen V.N.,Akershus University Hospital | Lingjaerde O.C.,University of Oslo | Russnes H.G.,University of Oslo | And 4 more authors.
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2014

Combined analyses of molecular data, such as DNA copy-number alteration, mRNA and protein expression, point to biological functions and molecular pathways being deregulated in multiple cancers. Genomic, metabolomic and clinical data from various solid cancers and model systems are emerging and can be used to identify novel patient subgroups for tailored therapy and monitoring. The integrative genomics methodologies that are used to interpret these data require expertise in different disciplines, such as biology, medicine, mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics, and they can seem daunting. The objectives, methods and computational tools of integrative genomics that are available to date are reviewed here, as is their implementation in cancer research. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

Berentsen S.,Innovation Norway
Hematology. American Society of Hematology. Education Program | Year: 2016

Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a specific, clonal lymphoproliferative B-cell bone marrow disorder results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The immune hemolysis is entirely complement-dependent, predominantly mediated by activation of the classical pathway and phagocytosis of erythrocytes opsonized with complement protein C3b. Typical clinical features in CAD have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Pharmacologic treatment should be offered to patients with symptom-producing anemia or disabling circulatory symptoms. CAD should not be treated with corticosteroids. Based on an individualized approach, rituximab monotherapy or rituximab-fludarabine in combination is recommended as first-line therapy. Rituximab-bendamustine is still an investigational therapy. Although complement-modulating agents are still to be considered experimental in CAD, therapy with the anti-C1s monoclonal antibody TNT009 seems promising. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology. All rights reserved.

News Article | February 23, 2017
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OSLO, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Near Field Communication is used for quick and easy contactless payments every day. One2Touch, a global innovator in NFC-powered continuous communication technology and products, is pushing the boundaries of NFC technology beyond mobile payments to deliver “tap-and-stay” communication for next-generation IoT toys, gaming, wearables and mobile accessories. By leveraging the O2T NFC platform’s “tap-and-stay” capability, mobile accessories can be manufactured without a need for batteries or charging, enabling seamless integration of personal smart devices to a user’s physical world. The result is a wide range of exciting IoT applications that consumers can continue enjoying, as long as they want. Visit with One2Touch in Barcelona at MWC 2017 to immerse in the future of NFC. Where to see One2Touch’s NFC Continuous Communications Platform in action at MWC 2017 Innovation Norway Pavilion. Hall 6, Stand 6H20: One2Touch will display a new innovative NFC keyboard cover in addition to showcasing demos in collaboration with LEGO and AiQ. Visitors can interact with one common game through three “stations”: One2Touch has created an innovative NFC-based technology platform engineered for seamless, secure and continuous communications between main/hub devices and accessories. Based on power harvesting and One2Touch’s protocol stack for continuous communication, mobile devices and accessories can both connect and communicate via NFC. One2Touch is an embedded hardware and software engineering services company working to shape the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M through Near Field Communication products. With headquarters and R&D facilities in Norway, we enable NFC devices beyond payment, for tap-and-stay communications. Our technology vision calls for bridging the digital and physical worlds in consumer electronics, gaming, toys, wearables, smart furniture and industrial applications. We are currently evaluating strategic partners who align with our vision of NFC for tap-and-go communications. The One2Touch NFC-based SlimType keyboard was named one of the best mobile accessories from CES 2016. Additionally, One2Touch was recognized in the CTIA’s Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards 2015 honoring the industry’s emerging, innovative and cutting-edge mobile services, solutions and technology and was selected as one of five “Cool Vendors” in NFC by Gartner in 2014. For more information, please visit www.one2touch.no.

Schwach V.,Innovation Norway
ICES Journal of Marine Science | Year: 2014

That recruitment of juveniles to the stocks of fish is subject to natural variations is considered a scientific truth, if not a truism, in marine science. However, in 1914, when the zoologist Johan Hjort (1869-1948) published the notion, it meant a basic change in the understanding of the biology of the sea fish. A century later, his insight is a topic still at the centre of interest in fish biology. Hjort based his concept largely on investigations of herring (Clupea harengus) and cod (Gadus morhua) in the North Atlantic. He was the mastermind, but worked with a small group at the Directorate of Fisheries in Bergen, Norway, and in cooperation with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The theory of natural fluctuations prompted an important step from migration thinking to population thinking, and gave the emerging fish biology and multidisciplinary marine science a theoretical basis. The article aims to explore the set of important facts and reasoned ideas intended to explain the causes for variations in year classes, and in this the fluctuations in the recruitment to the stocks. It argues that in addition to scientific factors, economic and political circumstances had an important say in the shaping of the understanding of stock fluctuations. The mere existence of a theory does not alone account for a breakthrough, and the article draws attention to the acceptance of scientific results. © 2014 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. All rights reserved.

Economics does not come in only one version. In order to understand the emergence of carbon markets, this paper turns to the offices of politics and administration and argues that carbon markets ought to be seen as an effect of different versions of economics. Hence, the paper suggests that, in analysing and exploring the emergence of carbon markets, it is not sufficient to focus on market devices. We must study a wider set of devices, such as modelling practices, planning documents, and paper trails. The basis for this analysis is a study of a particular office, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. The paper traces how, within this office, the climate issue was transformed into an oil issue and how accounting and planning technologies took part in enacting the macroeconomy, rather than the environment, as an endangered object. Hence, when studying the performativity of economics, the macroeconomy must be included, the paper argues, and so must the study of the issue that is being enacted. In pursuing the analysis in this way, the paper seeks to demonstrate that the emergence of carbon markets pertained to not only an emergent climate issue but also to an emergent oil issue. © 2014 Pion and its Licensors.

Fitjar R.D.,Innovation Norway | Rodriguez-Pose A.,The London School of Economics and Political Science
Research Policy | Year: 2013

This paper examines the sources of firm product and process innovation in Norway. It uses a purpose-built survey of 1604 firms in the five largest Norwegian city-regions to test, by means of a logit regression analysis, Jensen et al.'s (2007) contention that firm innovation is both the result of 'Science, Technology and Innovation' (STI) and 'Doing, Using and Interacting' (DUI) modes of firm learning. The paper classifies different types of firm interaction into STI-mode interaction (with consultants, universities, and research centres) and DUI-mode interaction, distinguishing between DUI interaction within the supply-chain (i.e. with suppliers and customers) or not (with competitors). It further controls for the geographical locations of partners. The analysis demonstrates that engagement with external agents is closely related to firm innovation and that both STI and DUI-modes of interaction matter. However, it also shows that DUI modes of interaction outside the supply-chain tend to be irrelevant for innovation, with frequent exchanges with competitors being associated with lower levels of innovation. Collaboration with extra-regional agents is much more conducive to innovation than collaboration with local partners, especially within the DUI mode. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

In this paper, we explored the relationship between self-efficacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) user profiles, and gender. Self-efficacy is an important theoretical and empirical concept to identify and describe how students perceive their own ability to solve a task. ICT user profiles were developed as an empirical framework to identify and categorize students based on how frequent they use ICT. In this paper, we have chosen six ICT user profiles in order to distinguish between leisure activities and school activities. Each ICT user-profile was computed by combining two dimensions (frequency of ICT use for leisure purposes and frequency of ICT use for school purposes). We tried to identify how students' perception of their ability to solve a task is related to both their gender and how frequently they use ICT. The results showed that student's self-efficacy varied between the ICT user profiles. The findings showed how an increased level of self-efficacy in ICT High-level tasks is related to both an increased level of leisure use and with an increased level of educational use. Further, our findings provided evidence in support of positive relationships (for both males and the females) between Self-efficacy in ICT and the ICT user profiles. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

News Article | November 16, 2016
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Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based company that develops geospatial software for defence applications, was one of several companies representing the Canadian defense industry at a joint Canada – Norway symposium on Arctic sovereignty and security that took place at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on November 7th. The symposium was attended by over 100 government and industry representatives from both countries, and featured speakers from the defense industry, government, the military of both countries, and academia. HRH Haakon Magnus, the Crown Prince of Norway, was in attendance for part of the day. The event was the first of its kind and was organized by Innovation Norway - Norway’s state-owned international business development bank - in cooperation with the Norwegian embassy, to mark the occasion of HRH Prince Haakon’s state visit to Canada, and in the hope of fostering new opportunities for the two counties to cooperate on addressing the challenges of maintaining sovereignty and security in the high Arctic. Per Otto Dyb, Chairman of the Board at Innovation Norway, said that he hopes this event and others like it can lead to increased trade between Canada and Norway: “Norway is a small country”, he explained “For Norwegian companies to succeed, they have to go abroad. Kongsberg is an excellent example of how you can grow when you grow internationally”. Kongsberg Gruppen employs 7,688 people worldwide. Mr. Dyb expressed his gratitude for Prince Haakon’s support of the event “We are very appreciative of the Royal Family’s involvement to help create awareness and interest. It’s really extremely positive for us.” Ranald McGillis, president of Kongsberg Geospatial, gave the closing presentation at the symposium, speaking on the topic of the Norwegian defense industry and its approach to the Canadian market. Mr. McGillis is uniquely positioned to understand the defense industry in both countries: Kongsberg Geospatial is a Canadian company, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen. “Events like this are very valuable to both nations”, said Mr. McGillis. “This symposium created an opportunity for both countries to share information on projects of interest and shared concerns in the Arctic, and for defense companies in both Norway and Canada to learn a little more about conducting business with our northern allies.” While both countries will continue to work together on areas of shared concern in the Arctic, Innovation Norway has no immediate plans for a follow-up event.

News Article | December 5, 2016
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SINGAPORE, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 18,000 oil and gas professionals from around the world gathered at the 21st International Oil and Gas Industry Exhibition and Conference (OSEA) held from 29 November to 2 December 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. With much of the industry focused on keeping costs and investments down, OSEA2016 presented resources and strategies to help firms be effective on a lean budget and prepare for the market upswing. Exhibitor at the Holland Pavilion, GustoMSC -- a design office that develops solutions for the O&G market, showcased Skylax -- a cost effective solution for drilling in mid to deep water. "Research tells us that Skylax will be effective in 94 per cent of wells globally, and is particularly suited to wells in this region. It is very focused, half the size of what you can find in the market, and is therefore considerably cheaper than ultra-deepwater units. The Asia Pacific is a very important market for us, and OSEA, being held in Singapore, where many rig owners have a foothold and many shipyards are located makes it a vital hub for us. We have made good contacts at the show, and I am confident 2017 will see new opportunities for us to add value to our clients and help them distinguish their operations from the rest of the market," said Mattijs Faber, Marketing Manager at GustoMSC. Echoing this, Torunn Aass Taralrud, Director at Innovation Norway Singapore said, "For the past few days, many relevant visitors had visited the Norwegian Pavilion and participated in business meetings, networking, stand presentations, product demonstrations that have provided good leads, potential contracts and partnership opportunities. Given the low energy prices and low profitability levels, there has been a strong cost focus to use advanced and cost effective technologies. This event has been successful to provide additional insights, trends and generated many opportunities for our exhibitors to collaborate with local players to explore growth potential in both within and across industries in areas such as aviation, clean energy and use of advanced technologies." "The future of the Ocean industries is bright; Norway has been for many years and will continue to develop viable, robust technological solutions to bring new competencies related to the whole life cycle of oil and gas fields. We are confident that Norwegian companies are well positioned to seize further opportunities in the various ocean industries and be successful," she added. The highlight of the OSEA2016 Conference -- the combined morning plenary on 30 November saw ambassadors to Singapore and government officials from Australia, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom provide an overview of oil and gas developments in their respective countries, and outline of opportunities for collaboration with firms in the region. The popular session also featured industry thought leaders who expressed optimism about industry recovery from 2017 and beyond, especially in LNG. Keynote speaker Mark A. Edmunds, Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Leader, Deloitte commented, "I am optimistic we are headed toward a period of upward pressure on commodity prices because of the significant pullback in spending to find new oil and gas reserves over the last two years. Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia will all benefit from the rise in importance of LNG as a growing global commodity." Sharing his thoughts, Moderator for the Joint Panel Discussion with Country Representatives Jason Waldie, Associate Director, Douglas-Westwood said, "Although we see global oversupply to sustain until the end of the decade, there are signs that it may begin to subside. The question is how quickly? Rebalancing supply demand will lead to the strengthening of oil price and thus spur increased CAPEX. The long-term outlook for oil and gas remains strong particularly for gas." OSEA2016 Catering to the Needs of the Industry As the biennial event closed on 2 December, visitors and conference delegates to the show applauded the conclusion of a productive event. Overseas visitor from Taiwan, Yeh Kuo Ching from Chen-Chian Marine Engineering said, "OSEA is a very complete, all rounded exhibition. It is a one-stop destination that perpetuates the growth of my business. The exhibitors are warm and friendly which helped ensure smooth and fast transactions. I have expanded my connections and widened my exposure to many new innovations which will definitely be beneficial for my company." "OSEA has been an enriching and eye-opening experience for me. Being in the maintenance and operating services industry, OSEA has been a marvellous platform for me to compare similar or identical products from various companies," said Patricio R. Lopez of P2 Energy & Power International Services Corporation, from the Philippines. "I have found many credible partners and suppliers which will aid in the development of my company. Attending OSEA2016 exposed me to new prospects that I would like to pursue, as well as to new developments and new players in the industry," he added. On the revamped OSEA2016 Conference, Alastair Maclean, Engineering Director, Rubicon Offshore International commented, "The masterclasses provided an excellent opportunity to reappraise our approach to risk management with input from industry experts. It was well worth attending." Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK, organisers of SUBSEA Asia that was held alongside OSEA for the first time this year commented, "The SUBSEA Asia Presentation Theatre has been a hive of activity this week where there were some excellent speakers covering a diverse range of technical topics. The open free to attend format was welcomed by the delegates which allowed them to dip in and out of the theatre to attend specific sessions of their choice. All the speakers had lively audience engagement at the end of their presentations which added to the delegate experience and making it such a success." Wrapping up, Chua Buck Cheng, Project Director of OSEA at organiser Singapore Exhibition Services said, "The lead up to OSEA2016 has been challenging, however, we are very heartened to hear such positive feedback about the event, and that the outlook for the industry is encouraging. We had our eyes on current developments and ears to the ground, to bring us closer to the trends that are predicted to shape the future of the global oil and gas industry." "With valuable insights gathered over the past week, we are looking at how we can design OSEA2018 to serve the industry even better, such as expanding on the morning plenary and SUBSEA Asia. We are certainly looking forward to bring a bigger and better show in 2018," he concluded. The next edition of OSEA will be held from 4-6 December 2018, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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