In the head of a business advisor
Hello there Susanne and Ingrid, business advisors at Uppsala University, who work in the field of utilisation and play a supportive role with both students and researchers.
When can a researcher benefit from a business advisor?
Susanne: We are here to help with the researcher’s questions and concerns about the utilisation of research results. What does the researcher want to happen when the research project is finished? Can the results be used in some way outside the immediate research environment? That is what we help to explore! We can provide skills and resources that complement the researcher’s own and that will help them move forward more quickly with the development of their results and ideas towards broader societal benefits.
Ingrid: The title business advisor can be a bit misleading, as it implies that the idea or result the researcher has must absolutely lead to a business undertaking. Our role is to guide the researcher based on what they want to achieve and the circumstances of the individual project. Working together, we define who might use the results and how they need to be packaged to create the best possible conditions for achieving the final goal.
Both Ingrid and Susanne have research backgrounds, in materials science and pharmaceutical formulation respectively, but then moved on to industry before stepping into the role of business advisor at the University. Susanne built a research-based company from the ground up, and Ingrid worked with research and development at another spin-off company from Uppsala University.
How does this combination of experience come in handy in your job as a business advisor?
Susanne: We understand what the job of a researcher is all about, and what you might struggle with in day-to-day life, while our industry experience has given us knowledge about what requirements might be placed on a future product, service or method.
How would you describe the first meeting with a business advisor?
Ingrid: The first meeting is for me as a business advisor to get an understanding of the knowledge or results that the researcher wants to utilise and the help needed to tailor further support. Everything said during our meetings is confidential, so we can talk freely.
Susanne: The first meeting is without preconditions; no preparation is required. The researcher tells us about their project and its objectives. We tell them about UU Innovation, and what support we can offer. Our aim is to verify the ideas and for the researcher to gain new knowledge about the conditions and potential of the ideas. We want to contribute to the idea bearer having a good basis for making decisions about the next step.
How does it work to develop an idea in parallel with research and teaching?
Susanne: We do not require innovation projects to move forward at a certain speed, but our support is tailored so that you can continue researching while developing your idea further.
Ingrid: Of course, the researcher needs to put in their own time to move forward, but it is our job to help structure the process and break it down into smaller pieces to make the way forward feel feasible.
Is there anything in particular a researcher might need to think about when it comes to utilisation and innovation?
Ingrid: I think many researchers want their research to be useful outside of the purely academic context, but it can feel difficult to know where to start, or whether what you have and know is enough. If I could give one piece of advice, it is to have the courage to try and to get help as early as possible.
Susanne: As a researcher here, you own your results, so you decide what to do with them. Naturally, there is a level of responsibility in that, but above all I want to highlight the opportunities, which not only contribute to a broader societal benefit, but are also about learning something new and broadening your network – which can also create new ideas for research.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK TO A BUSINESS ADVISOR?
There are several ways to get in touch with the business advisors at UU Innovation!
- Send an email to email@example.com
- Attend the “Identify the hidden potential in your research” seminar, which is held once a month (the next seminar is 13 June from 12:00 to 12:45). Link to more information and registration.
- Take UU Innovation’s self-test to see whether what you are developing in your research has the potential to create value for others as well – and remember to submit it as the last step. Link to the self-test.
Updates and stories
“I want the method to be utilised, not stored in a drawer”
With his novel and patented method to fabricate a membrane electrode assembly, Robin Dürr, a PhD student in physical chemistry, hopes to accelerate the use of electrochemical cells and hence the transition to renewable energy sources. UU Innovation has asked him a few questions about his invention and the plan for getting it out into practical use.
New approach to reduce shoplifting
Adib Ahrari and Ali Jumaa have started the company Datana together with five fellow students from Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. They aim to reduce thefts from shops using smart technology that helps store staff to work preventively.
New chemical biology method aims at more specific disease diagnoses
Are there more effective ways to detect diseases in biological samples than the standard ones today? A new method developed at Uppsala University seems promising. Daniel Globisch, an associate professor and former SciLifeLab fellow at Uppsala University, believes his method will be a tool for future clinical use.
How innovation from Uppsala University can reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Treating severe infections with a combination of antibiotics has long been standard practice in Swedish medicine. Despite this, at present there is no clinical test to prove how well it actually works. Researcher Nikos Fatsis-Kavalopoulos wants to change that.
She is creating brilliant chances for cancer patients
Radiopharmaceuticals that fight cancer are on the rise and Marika Nestor is doing everything she can to contribute to their development. An antibody from her lab offers hope for a future treatment for those affected by anaplastic thyroid cancer, a currently incurable form of cancer.
Collecting recipes and the stories behind them
Historical recipes and cookbooks abound to teach us about past foods and dietary. Less is known about the people who actually wrote them. A historical documentation project based in Uppsala University is trying to change that.
In the head of a business advisor
Hello there Susanne and Ingrid, business advisors at Uppsala University, who work in the field of utilisation and play a supportive role with both students and researchers.
Honoured for progress from idea to innovation
UU Innovation recognises research-based innovation projects that have engaged funders, investors and customers for further development and exploitation. Six new projects have been honoured with the Attractive Innovation Project award.
Eight Uppsala University research projects on IVA 100 List
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has announced its 100 List 2022. The theme for the list is technology in the service of humankind and the chosen projects are all deemed to be ready for utilisation in the immediate future. Eight of the 70 projects on the list are being conducted at Uppsala University.
Uppsala researcher honoured as innovative entrepreneur
Anders Ajaxon Persson, a researcher in space technology at Uppsala University and co-founder of the company Fourth State Systems, is one of the ten innovative entrepreneurs in Sweden to be awarded the ÅForsk Entrepreneurial Grant for 2022. He is being recognised for his drive to equip the healthcare sector with a new solution for monitoring the health of premature babies.
Successful matching in UU Innovation’s mentor programme
The UU Innovation’s mentor programme offers extra support for those looking to develop an idea towards innovation. The application deadline for the autumn semester is 30 April. One of the researchers currently in the programme is Daniel Camsund, who has a technical idea that could speed up the development of biologic drugs.
Frida Henningson Johnson joins the team at UU Innovation
Research, innovation and communication are close to her heart. Frida Henningson Johnson has now switched back to academia after several years in the business world, joining the UU Innovation team as a new business advisor on 1 April 2022.
Vem formar framtiden? (inspelning)
Se inspelningen från UU Innovations digitala seminarium 8 mars 2022 om inkluderande innovation, som nu finns tillgänglig med undertexter på både svenska och engelska.
Mentor as a sounding board for utilisation
Hello there Liza Löf, researcher at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. You are one of the researchers participating in the UU Innovation mentor programme, which is once again open for applications. What do you consider the best thing about the programme?
Sight set on new treatment for COVID-19
Hello there… Jens Carlsson, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and one of the researchers behind a promising new molecule for a drug to combat coronavirus.
Hjärnäpplet - an innovation prize with many dimensions
The “Hjärnäpplet” Innovation Prize was first developed to reward materials researchers with sustainable business ideas. Now it rewards all kinds of innovation at Uppsala University, and does so with plenty of built-in symbolism. Former researcher Richard Karmhag is responsible for the design.
UU Innovation Mentor Programme open for application
Applications are now being accepted for the UU Innovation Mentor Programme for doctoral students and researchers interested in getting an extra boost in their utilisation projects. Apply by 30 April for the opportunity to be awarded a place in the programme for the autumn semester 2022.
Useful knowledge to realise the value of research results
Three questions to Arindam De Tarafder, PhD student in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology who took UU Innovation’s postgraduate course on intellectual property in research in the fall of 2021. A new round of the course is currently ongoing.
Materials company in Uppsala launches special toothpaste
Hello there... Håkan Engqvist, Professor of Materials Science at Uppsala University and co-founder of Psilox, the company bringing new biomaterials to the dental market. Psilox has now launched its first product under the brand name Caposal.
Cleaner air on the bus could soon be a reality
During the corona pandemic, most people who had a choice steered away from travelling by bus. We have been urged to avoid and not contribute to congestion on board. New technology for air purification in buses offers hope for safe public transport even in times of pandemic.
Learn the essentials of intellectual property
The course on intellectual property in research is now open for registration. Learn about useful strategies and practices in this course that is aimed for doctoral students and researchers and provided by UU Innovation in collaboration with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV.
From medical genetics to Russian studies - 14 researchers join UU Innovation's mentor program
The UU Innovation mentor program of spring 2022 is now up and running. At the kick off on 24 January, all participating researchers met their mentors on Zoom, marking the beginning of a six-month collaboration.
Get publicity for your research
Increase the publicity around your research, your contacts with the business community and the innovation readiness of your research results. Apply to IVA's 100 list 2022.
Apply for ÅForsk’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship 2022
ÅForsk’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship is for entrepreneurs who are connected to a university environment, either as a student, a doctoral student, a researcher or as teacher. Sweden's 10 most innovative entrepreneurs will be awarded SEK 200,000 each. The application period is open.
Learn how to successfully plan for research impact
Impact Planning Canvas is a tool for identifying the possible impact and planning for how you can achieve it in the best way. In January and February, UU Innovation will host a workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn about the tool, and also apply it to your own project.
New technology detects rare mutations
Fast, sensitive, and reliable technology for detecting rare mutations. This is the invention behind Rarity Bioscience, a spin-out company from Uppsala University.
Patent protection creates opportunities
Hello there Ana Belen Iglesias Gonzalez, PhD student at the Department of Neuroscience, who recently filed a patent application for a new type of box for handling test tubes.
They want to develop healthcare from within
No more piles of papers for rounds and decisions in healthcare. That is the goal of RoundBit, a company founded by two doctors who see the need to develop healthcare from within.
Innovation prize awarded to Uppsala student
Hello there… Mamduh Halawa, a student in the Psychology Programme at Uppsala University, who developed the Zeeds app and is now being honoured with the “SKAPA-talang” innovation award for young innovators in the national finals.
The UU Innovation team grows stronger with new business advisor
As of 1 November, Ingrid Ajaxon is the new business advisor at UU Innovation. She joins the team from Uppsala-based Disruptive Materials, which brought the groundbreaking material Upsalite to market.
More people want to test their ideas
This year’s new initiative at UU Innovation has paid off. The number of ideas submitted by researchers and doctoral students this year reached the same level as 2020 as a whole – after just the first nine months. The previous year’s skewed influx of ideas has been straightened out, and a larger number of women are among the idea owners seeking support to test the potential of their ideas.
Algorithm makes it easier to detect sepsis
Each year, nearly 8,000 Swedes die of sepsis, commonly known as blood poisoning. Inger Persson and her team have developed the NAVOY Sepsis algorithm to aid healthcare professionals by enabling the early detection and treatment of sepsis, a disease that is difficult to diagnose and often progresses very quickly. The goal: to save more lives.
Research group that wants to eradicate cervical cancer
Eradicating cervical cancer is the driving force behind the self-sampling and testing concept developed by a research group at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. After extensive studies, the HPVir concept is ready to be used on a larger scale.
The UU Innovation Mentor Program for researchers is now being launched in a new and improved form
The UU Innovation Mentor Program matches researchers (including doctoral students) with experienced people working outside of academia. They contribute their knowledge and contacts to ensure that research results find an actual use in society. Applications for a place in the program for spring semester 2022 are now being accepted.
Test yourself – what good ideas can be found in your research?
Which of your research results have the potential to solve a problem in a new way? Take UU Innovation’s self-test to see whether what you are developing in your research has the potential to create value for others as well.
Intellectual property in research in focus in credit-bearing course
Learn how to identify, protect and make use of your intellectual assets. Sign up for the postgraduate course Intellectual property in research: strategies and practices, which starts in September. The course is provided by UU Innovation in collaboration with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office.
Nominate candidates for the Innovation Prize Hjärnäpplet 2021
Nominate your candidate between 22 March and 25 April 2021. All Uppsala university employees may nominate and contribute to the process of appointing this year's winner of the Uppsala University Innovation Prize - Hjärnäpplet.
Apply for IVA's 100 list 2021 with research that can contribute to sustainable crisis preparedness
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, calls for research in engineering and economic sciences focused on sustainable preparedness for future crises to go on its 100 List 2021. The last day to apply is 21 March.
Equal opportunities - why bother?
On 8 March, Uppsala University Innovation in collaboration with Junior Faculty and the Society for Women Researchers in Uppsala invite you to an online event focussing on women's opportunities to fully engage in solving future challenges.
Five new projects collaborate on societal challenges
Five new projects have received funding within the framework of Uppsala University's Verification for collaboration program, VFS. The projects concern for example virtual learning and museums and the implementation of the Philani Mentor Mother Model in socially deprived communities.
Postgraduate course on intellectual property and commercialisation
UU Innovation invites doctoral students, postdocs and researchers to sign up for a new round of the course on intellectual property and commercialisation (3 ECTS). The course runs in March and is now open for registration.
Ny organisation av Uppsala universitets gemensamma innovations- och samverkansstöd
Den 1 januari 2021 gjordes en uppdelning av UU Innovations verksamhet och två nya enheter bildades med placering under rektor: UU Innovation respektive UU Samverkan. Syftet är att stärka universitetets gemensamma innovations- och samverkansarbete i enlighet med UU Mål och strategier.
Diversifying the past with digital technology
"We are all one humanity, so how do we use technology to communicate that?" asks Anna Foka in this short talk. The question clearly captures her focus and drive as a researcher.
Researchers need to support the implementation of new knowledge
As a professor of social medicine, she has the entire population as her patient. Anna Sarkadi's research concerns societal interventions to prevent child and parent mental health problems and promote wellbeing. She sees her research group as a resource that can have an influence on the national arena and she firmly claims that it is simply not enough to publish scientifically, not if you, like her, work with applied research. As a researcher, she thinks it is important to work to ensure that the knowledge that is produced is also implemented. Even so, she knows from her own experience, which includes parental support in preschool environments and methods in child health care, that implementing research is not easy.
“Implementing evidence-based practice is a huge challenge for our welfare society,” says Anna in this interview.
Develops new tool for profiling potential perpetrators of violence
Which people are interested in using peaceful methods and which are prone to resorting to violence to accomplish something? And how can we measure risk indicators for extreme behaviors? These are questions of great interest to Nazar Akrami, associate professor of psychology, in his research on prejudice and attitudes linked to personality. Together with research colleagues at his own department and the Swedish Defense Research Agency, FOI, he has developed a tool that, with the help of algorithms, will help find potential perpetrators of violence, as well as terrorists. The tool can automatically and quickly analyze large amounts of text online based on a range of psychological variables and focuses on assessing the risks of violent and terrorist acts. The tool has aroused great interest among analysts at police authorities around the world and is now being tested by the FBI.
“The interest is there and it comes from different places so there is probably a need, we absolutely believe so,” says Nazar Akrami in this interview.
The tool has been named Dechefr, which is a clear flirtation with the word "decipher" and is now being developed commercially within a company that the researchers started for that purpose.
Sharing is caring
Louise von Essen is a professor of caring science and program director for U-CARE - a strategic research initiative for psychological care via the Internet. At U-CARE, Louise and her research team are developing innovative treatment programs to improve the mental health of people suffering from diseases such as cancer, dementia and heart problems, for both patients and their loved ones. Involving those affected by the research is a natural course of action for Louise and her colleagues and something she thinks more people could be better at. The knowledge that researchers at U-CARE have now built up over 10 years also includes how to design studies to be able to conduct valuable and relevant research. Presently, her thoughts are occupied with how the knowledge of conducting relevant clinical research can be packaged and disseminated to others.
Susanne Bredenberg is new business advisor at Uppsala University Innovation
She has experience from working as a researcher within academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and she has built a company from the ground up. Now she is looking forward to helping other researchers make use of their results outside academia. Uppsala University Innovation welcomes Susanne Bredenberg as a new business advisor.
Gör verkstad av avancerad maskininlärning
Scaleout Systems är ett uppstartsbolag med fokus på att hjälpa organisationer att ta avancerad maskininlärning till produktion. Företaget, en avknoppning från Uppsala universitet, är på frammarsch och har nyligen blivit både partner till den nationella satsningen AI Sweden och tagit sig in på listan över framstående startups inom AI och datavetenskap.
Want to solve problems that affect people
His projects always start in some practical problem that arouses his interest. And they always end up with him wanting to see how the solution actually works. The step to application comes naturally to Alexander Medvedev, Professor of Control Engineering at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University. Rarely does he need to look for problems to study and solve, they are always there. One that affects us all right now is Covid-19 and he is part of the Crush Covid project which is a collaboration between Uppsala University and the Uppsala Region.
“If you want to overcome an epidemic, you have to use automatic control,” says Alexander in this interview.
Medical challenges are particularly interesting to Alexander and one of his goals is to be able to contribute to a solution that has a major impact.
Collaboration drives improvements
Åsa Cajander embraces the great breadth of her field of research with great enthusiasm. She is a professor of Human Computer Interaction at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, and has explored the area in many different settings, not least within healthcare. Collaboration runs as a common thread through both her research and teaching. It becomes a means of creating new ideas and driving improvements that can make a real difference for both organisations and individuals.
“I’m into trying to rescue the world. That’s my mission,” Åsa says in this interview.