Plant Power researchers nominated for Innovation Award – University of Copenhagen

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22 July 2015

Plant Power researchers nominated for Innovation Award


The Diterpenoid Group of Center for Synthetic Biology, which is also involved in the Plant Power project, is among the nominees for this year's Innovation Award granted by the University of Copenhagen for efforts in turning excellent science into benefit for society and industry.

For the fifth time the UCPH Innovation Award is given to outstanding research converted for the benefit of society and industry.

The Diterpenoid group consists of Birger Lindberg Møller, Irini Pateraki, Johan Andersen-Ranberg, Dan Luo, Morten Thrane Nielsen and Björn Hamberger from Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

They have been nominated for:

  • Outstanding achievements in developing technology and securing inventions, effective industrial collaborations as well as top-level communication and outreach.
  • Filing no less than eight provisional patent applications within the last two years. License agreements are currently being negotiated for all applications. According to the KU tech-trans offer, this level of activity and industrial interest demonstrated is unprecedented at KU.
  • Establishing an effective working relation to several companies and built a highly successful collaboration with the Swiss-Danish biotech company EVOLVA.
  • Undertaking lecturing at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in the course Entrepreneurship and supervising several bachelor groups (3-6 students/group) focusing on business plans and commercialization of synthetic biology
  • Successfully mentoring the student driven spin-out TychoBio that won VentureCup 2014 overall top prize (200.000 DKK plus free mentorship)
  • Being nominated to and winning the PhD Cup Competition 2015 (Johan Andersen-Ranberg presenting the groups work)

Last year's Innovation Award was won by Matthew Johnson, who has led the research and development of a new method for purification of air, which is the basis of a newly formed cleantech spin-off company.

The Assessment Board of the Innovation Award has received 15 nominations in total for prize, the nominees are:

  • Anders Miki Bojesen  Professor, Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. 
  • Thomas Bjarnsholt Professor, Dept. of Int. Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
  • Thue W. Schwartz Professor, Dept. of Neurosciences and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science.
  • Postdoc Carl Meusinger med Professor Matthew S. Johnson Dept. of Chemistry, Center for Atmospheric Research, Faculty of Science.
  • Professor Jonas Jermiin Ravn Moll & Assistant Professor Tariq Osman Andersen Dept. of Computer Science, Faculty of Science.
  • Esben Bistrup Halvorsen Postdoc, Dept. of Algorithms and Programming Language, Faculty of Science.
  • Renate Müller  Professor,  Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science.
  • Diterpenoid Group
    Birger Lindberg Møller, Irina Pateraki, Johan Andersen-Ranberg, Dan Luo, Morten Thrane Nielsen, Björn Hamberger, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science.
  • Ingolf Thuesen Head of Department, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities.
  • Kristian Moltke Martiny PhD Fellow, Dept. of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities.
  • Ayo Wahlberg  Associate Professor/Postdoc, Dept. of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Associate Professor Karen Lund Petersen & Center for Advanced Security  Dept. of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Claus Thustrup Kreiner Professor, Dept. of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • David Dreyer Lassen Professor, Dept. of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Jesper Lau Hansen (On behalf of working group on Entrepreneurship and Law) Professor, Copenhagen Centre for Commercial Law, Faculty of Social Sciences.