cover art for Beyond the Breakthrough featuring Ole Kristian Hjelstuen

Photo: Inven2/Moment Studio

Ole Kristian Hjelstuen is the chief executive of Inven2, the tech transfer organisation owned by University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, which doesn’t just handle all of the typical research commercialisation aspects but also manages clinical trials at its partner institutions (which include all the health trusts in the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority).

Hjelstuen has been in the job since 2012, when he joined from GE Healthcare, and he also holds positions with the Oslo Cancer Cluster and incubator Aleap. He tells us how those last two add value to his job at Inven2, and why he also continues to be a professor of pharmaceutics at Arctic University of Norway.

Norway may be “on the edge of Europe”, as he remarks in this episode, but it is very much punching above its weight not only in life sciences but also in more surprising sectors, like space tech.


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Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).