Owners and partners

We support ten research institutions in commercialisation, technology transfer and innovation projects. Researchers, faculties and students from these institutions provide BTO with up to 100 new innovative ideas and technologies each year, from a broad range of exciting projects.


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University of Bergen (33,43%)

University of Bergen (UiB) is a young, middle-sized European university, with close to 15 000 students and about 3 600 employees. UiB covers most of the classic academic disciplines across its six faculties. UiB is a member of a number of European and global networks of research institutions and universities. In the 2016-2022 strategy, the university has designated marine research, global development and climate research as its major focus areas.

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Haukeland University Hospital (33,43%)

Haukeland University Hospital is the largest hospital in Bergen, and is one of the most specialized hospitals in the Nordic countries, with several competence centers and special functions both on national and regional level. In addition to patient treatment, the research activity is extensive. Haukeland University Hospital is owned by the Western Norway Regional Health Authority.

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Institute of Marine Research (14,52%)

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is the largest marine research institution in Norway, providing professional consulting to authorities, industry and society. IMR conducts research on marine resources, marine environment, coastal zone and aquaculture, with the primarily focus on the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. IMR provides collaboration between research and administration and is owned by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

SIVA (13,56%)

Siva facilitate innovation by building, owning and developing infrastructure for industry, startups and research environments. They have ownership in innovation companies across the country. SIVA develop knowledge and startup environments, and connect them to regional, national and international networks. The partner network supports and supervises several thousand entrepreneurs and startups every year. Siva is a part of the public funding agencies for innovation and work closely with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Research Council and the Norwegian Patent Office.

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Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (3,82%)

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is a state educational and research institution, with about 16 000 students, making it one of the largest institutions for higher education in Norway. HVL offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels, primarily within the fields of health and social sciences, engineering and business administration, teaching and social studies.

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NHH (1,23%)

NHH Norwegian school of economics is one of the leading business schools in Scandinavia, and is students’ number one choice for a business education in Norway. Since the opening in 1936, NHH has been dedicated to preparing highly talented and motivated students for leadership challenges in a changing world. NHH offers study programmes at all levels and is renowned for its high academic standards and contributions to the international research community.


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Christian Michelsen Research

Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) is a research organization with focus on technological research and innovation. The company was established in 1930, as the first independent research institution in Northern Europe. CMR comprise four business areas: Prototech AS, Gexcon AS, CMR Computing and CMR Instrumentation. CMR conduct research on industrial development and is placed in the intersection between research and industry. CMR is owned by UiB (50 %), Uni Research (35 %), Statoil (5%), Sparebanken Vest (5 %) and CGG Veritas (5 %).

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Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital

Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital AS is one of the largest non-profit hospitals in Norway and serves as a local hospital in internal medicine for 135,000 residents in Bergen and Nordhordland county. The hospital has a regional function in geriatrics and palliative care (Sunniva Center) in addition to a large surgical clinic that has excelled in several areas, including shoulder, knee and colon surgeries. The hospital offers specialized health services in internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, anesthesiology, radiology and monitoring with associated outpatient activity.

Helse Fonna

Helse Fonna HF is a local health trust offering specialised health services to the 180 000 residents of the 19 municipalities in the Northern Rogaland, Hardanger and Sunnhordaland region. Other main activites are education of health professionals, research and innovation. Helse Fonna HF manages four somatic hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, four community mental health centres (DPS) and the local ambulance service.

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Kunnskapsparken i Sogn & Fjordane

Kunnskapsparken is a regional development company, operating in the county of Sogn & Fjordane. The company was established to help entrepreneurs and companies with viable business ideas to achieve success. They are active participants in the commercialization of business ideas, and are a part of the national incubator program SIVA. They also help companies find the right competence within research and development, contribute with project development and assist with possible financial opportunities.

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Nofima, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, is one of Europe’s largest institutes for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food. Nofima carries out internationally recognised research and develops solutions that provide a competitive edge throughout the value chain. The head office is located in Tromsø, and the research divisions are located in Alta, Bergen, Sunndalsøra, Stavanger, Tromsø and Ås. In Bergen, Nofima has the BioLab, the The Aquafeed Technology Centre and several scientists within fish nutrition and feed technology.

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Sjukehusapoteka Vest

Sjukehusapoteka Vest is the largest pharmaceutical academic community in the western part of Norway. We have hospital pharmacies in the four largest hospitals in Førde, Bergen, Haugesund and Stavanger. Our main task is to ensure the supply of medicines to hospitals and patients, offer pharmaceutical services of the highest standard and contribute to the increase in patient safety. Sjukehusapoteka Vest is owned by the Western Norway Regional Health Authority.

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Uni Research

Uni Research Ltd is a research company with more than 400 highly-qualified employees from all over the world. The company carries out research and development in the fields of health, environment, biotechnology, climate, energy and social sciences. Uni Research was established in 2003, and is owned by UiB (85 %) and the Foundation for University Research in Bergen (15 %).