Anja Boisen from IDUN is appointed Novo Nordisk Foundation Distinguished Innovator

14. July 2021

Head of center and Professor Anja Boisen from the Center of Excellence IDUN at DTU is among the three professors who have been awarded a DKK 6 million grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to investigate the commercial potential of a research discovery. The grant also carries the title of Distinguished Innovator, which means that the grant recipients will also serve as ambassadors for innovation.

Professor Anja Boisen. Photo: Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond
Professor Anja Boisen. Photo: Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has appointed head of center and Professor Anja Boisen from the DNRF’s Center of Excellence IDUN at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) as a Novo Nordisk Foundation Distinguished Innovator, which means she will serve as an ambassador for innovation. The title also comes with a DKK 6 million grant that will be used to investigate the commercial potential of a research discovery. The three researchers chosen will also receive support from experts in the fields of legal services, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

 

“With the grants, we want to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at the universities, thereby enabling many excellent research discoveries to be translated into new products and solutions that benefit society. The projects that have been awarded grants are all very ambitious and have great potential, and we look forward to supporting them and following them over the next three years,” said Mikkel Skovborg, senior vice president, Innovation, at the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

 

New method for cell culturing 

Professor Boisen’s project wants to develop and research growing cells on a platform that resembles a compact disc, which can remove the barrier normally found in working with cell culturing, which usually demands a lot of manual labor.

 

The end goal is to create a spin-off company in Denmark that provides both an affordable and a reliable platform for cell culturing with online automated monitoring.