Creating highways for international commercialisation; EU and USA

Panel discussion followed by Q&A by the Audience.

17th-18th June, Stavanger


Kathrine Myhre


Kathrine Myhre established the health cluster Norway Health Tech (previously named Oslo Medtech) in 2009 and has since then been the CEO of the organization. Norway Health Tech was awarded NCE (Norwegian Centre of Expertise) by Innovation Norway’s cluster program in 2015 and received Gold Label-status by the European cluster organization in 2016 and is a non-for-profit member organization focusing on innovation in the health space.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo in political science and built on this for her Master degree in Political Science from the University of Reading, UK in 2001. She then went on to working with innovation strategies and business creation based on novel research from the University of Oslo (UiO) until 2008 – from 2004 until 2008 as the Director of Innovation at Birkeland Innovation (now Inven2), the technology transfer office at University of Oslo.
From 2008 she held the position as Director of Innovation at the company IT Fornebu. It was from this position the concept of Norway Health Tech was formed and launched in 2009.
Kathrine Myhre has initiated and led numerous strategic and innovative processes and projects, within a broad spectrum: conduction of creative processes, market analysis, business creation, handling of IPR, marketing and sales and facilitating financing of key projects and businesses.
Kathrine Myhre has over the years built a solid network in the health sector, nationally and globally, and is a renowned speaker in the field of health innovation and technology.

Norway Health Tech

Lance Black

Associate Director, TMCx

Lance Black, MD, MBID is the Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center’s TMCx Accelerator program.

Also within the TMC Innovation umbrella, Lance served previously as Medical Device Innovation Lead – where he utilized his extensive military, medical, and engineering expertise to support the resident companies of TMCx in developing innovative healthcare technologies.

After earning his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University and his M.D. from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, Lance entered the U.S. Air Force, where he completed a residency in family medicine with additional training in aerospace medicine. He had the opportunity to deploy twice during his service – first as Chief of the Medical Staff at Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan – and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in Manas, Lance helped to create a mobile modular medical facility aimed to uplift the surrounding defunct healthcare system. In Japan, he responded to in-flight emergencies and orchestrated protocols ensuring the safety of F-22 pilots and their crew.

His work with wounded warrior amputees during his military career and his background in biological engineering prompted him to refocus his efforts from patient care to the design and development of medical devices. Following the completion of his commitment to the military, Lance attended Georgia Tech’s Masters of Biomedical Innovation and Development program – which included one year in its Masters of Industrial Design program.

“I believe proximity is key in everything we do here at TMC Innovation,” Lance emphasized. He added, “When you are close to something, you develop a new understanding of it and your whole person, physical and emotional, draws into focus. That is why I believe in what I do – because a lot of entrepreneurs are close to the problems that they are solving and truly care about making it better for those who follow.”

At TMC Innovation, Lance enjoys being around amazing, motivated people whom he believes are ‘the change’ needed in healthcare. He is passionate about technology and learning new approaches to healthcare. Lance is inspired every day at TMC by the fact that he is able to collaborate with people who are passionate about what they do.


The TMC Innovation Institute is shaping the future of health care by uniting promising innovators with the best minds in academia, science and medicine. Its programs help startups streamline the development of therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device and digital health breakthroughs in world’s largest medical complex. Housed within its 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, TMC Innovation focuses on bringing the best solutions to unmet health care needs to the Texas Medical Center by providing tools and action plans necessary to move products and companies forward, regardless of development stage. TMC Innovation also lowers the barriers of access to hospital stakeholders and key opinion leaders across the TMC campus. In addition, no medical center offers as many opportunities to discover solutions that are shaping the future of health care as the Texas Medical Center.

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TMC Innovation Institute

Martin G. Friedrich

Dr. Med.

Senior Physician Heart Surgery, Senior Physician Thoracic Surgery, Head of Clinical Research and Development, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; User Integration & Innovation Management; Development University Hospital, University Medical Center Goettingen, Georg-August-Universität

1990: Medical studies at the University of Göttingen and clinical research as a student in cardiac surgery; 1996: approbation as physician; 1996: Promotion in cardiac surgery; 1996-2011: assistant physician and specialist in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of the University Medical Center Göttingen; 2005: Specialist in cardiac surgery; 2008: Specialist for thoracic surgery; 2011: Senior Physician at the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of the University Medical Center Göttingen; 2018: Certificate Medical Didactics; Main areas of research: organ protection and extracorporeal circulation, blood flow optimization, turbulence-free suction to maintain the integrity of the blood,Influencing surgical performance, communication systems in high-tech environment; therapeutic Light-Application; 2018: Head of clinical research and technical development and user integration & innovation management for Development University Hospital, University Medical Center Goettingen

Georg-August- Universität Göttingen

Lilian Wikström

Chief Executive Officer

Karolinska Institutet Innovation AB

Jan Wende

CEO and founder

Mediq Innovation Experts

Inge Hovd Gangås

Investment Director

Inge Hovd Gangås is an Investment Director with SINTEF Venture, the venture capital arm of the SINTEF Foundation. The SINTEF Foundation is one of the largest independent research institutes in Europe with 2 000 employees from 75 nations performing contract research for Norwegian and international industry. SINTEF Venture invests in deep tech start-ups from SINTEF, NTNU and other Norwegian research institutes. He has worked with technology transfer and early stage technology start-ups for more than 15 years as investor, founder and in CEO and COO capacity for more mature start-ups. He holds a MSc in Materials Science from NTNU and an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sintef TTO / Sintef Ventures

Peter Alberius

PhD, Head of International Business Development

Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

Jim Sargent

Managing Partner

RQR Partners

Relevant issues/questions:

What can you offer to international Partners, related to i) R&D, and; ii) Innovation

What can you offer to international technology ventures, related to i) market access, ii) investors, iii) clinical trials, iv) other

What are your interests/desires/demands related to international Partners?

How would you like to start?

Which institutions, companies and goverment entities do you bring to the table?

Finne de riktige hub'ene og financing mechanisms

Welcome to 37 ºC

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37 ºC presents an excellent occasion for participating in discussions, product demonstrations and networking, all leading to new business collaborations.

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