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  • Anne-Belinda Bjerre

    Professor, PhD

    Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)

    Fernando de la Calle

    Head of Department

    PharmaMar (Spain)

    Dr Fernando de la Calle is currently the Head of the Microbiology Dpt. within Drug Discovery (R&D) at PharmaMar, biopharma involved in the development and commercialization of anticancer drugs of marine origin. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UAM (Madrid) in 1998. He also completed an Executive-MBA at IDE-CESEM (Madrid) in 2005. He has more than 30 years’ experience working in drug discovery from marine microorganisms. He is an Expert in Applied Biotechnology, Molecular characterization of bacterial Biodiversity and the use of Biotechnology tools for Drug Discovery . Co-author of the current hemisynthetic process for manufacturing the anticancer Yondelis®, the first European marine derived compound approved. In addition, he has been external advisor for biotechnology issues to the Spanish Government (INCUAL), current member of the International Advisory Group of european ERA-NET for Marine Biotechnology and Biodiversity, reviewer for H2020 and ERA-NET projects and the scientific contact person from PharmaMar for FP7/H2020 EU projects related to Marine Biodiversity such as MAMBA, MaCuMBA, MicroB3 and INMARE as WP leader. Principal Investigator in more than 10 other nationally funded projects.

    Hordur Kristinsson

    Chief Science and Innovation Officer

    Matis (Iceland)

    Dr. Kristinsson is the Chief Science and Innovation Officer of Matis (English.matis.is), and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Florida and Courtesy Professor at the University of Iceland. He was previously an Associate Professor in Food Chemistry at the University of Florida. He has a PhD in Food Biochemistry, an MS degree in Food Science, an MBA and B.Sc. (hons.) in Molecular Biology. He combines over 20 years of practical experience of working in the food, biotech and functional ingredient industry with extensive commercial and research expertise in the production of various products and ingredients. He is the holder of six patents and has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books. He has led numerous research and development projects funded by industry and competitive grant programs in the USA, Europe and Iceland, and currently manages several major national and international research and development projects. Dr. Kristinsson has worked with several major food companies as well as a large number of SMEs and entrepreneurs. Dr. Kristinsson has been directly involved in and founded several company start-ups in bioprocessing and functional ingredients. Dr. Kristinsson is the chair of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel and was an appointed expert member of the first European Bioeconomy Panel from 2013-2015. Dr. Kristinsson also leads the activities of Matis in EIT Food (www.eitfood.eu), one of the largest food-related initiatives worldwide which aims for Europe to lead a global revolution in food innovation and production in the next seven years.

    Roger Linington

    Associate Professor

    Simon Fraser University (Canada)

    Professor Linington received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the UK, his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada under the supervision of Prof. Raymond Andersen, and postdoctoral work with Prof. William Gerwick at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD where he was a participating member of the Panama ICBG project. During this time he lived and worked in Panama City, Panama, running a semi-independent marine natural products drug discovery program. From 2007 to 2015 he was a faculty member at the University of California Santa Cruz in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since 2015 he has been an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he is also a Tier II Canada Research Chair in High-Throughput Screening and Chemical Biology. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 American Society of Pharmacognosy Matt Suffness Young Investigator award. He has published 68 manuscripts, and his research program focuses on designing new screening and analytical methods for natural products discovery.

    Margareth Øverland


    NMBU, Faculty of Biosciences

    Margareth Øverland has a BSc and MSc in animal nutrition from Montana State University in Montana USA and a PhD in animal nutrition from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Today, she is a professor in nutrition at NMBU and she is the Center Director of a Center for Research-based Innovation (CRI), Foods of Norway. Margareths' research focus is to develop high-quality novel feed ingredients based on renewable natural resources such as tree biomass, marine macroalgae, and animal and fish co-products by use of advanced biotechnology and biorefinery technology. The research also aims to improve feed efficiency by innovative feed-processing technology and by use of advanced genomic analysis to support genetic adaptation of fish and other farm animals to the novel feed ingredients.