Examples on Copenhagen spin-outs

DTU search engine outmatches Google

Rare diseases/illnesses are difficult to diagnose. Now physicians can get help from a customized search engine, doubling the performance of the best on the market.

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Soon producers of milk will have a test at hand that is able to detect the presence of antibiotics in a split second – filling a need in the dairy industry. Getting feedback on the business plan at Venture Cup gave the inventors a push in the right direction.

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Efficient, cheap, and compact filtering

Challenges with the filtering at a juice factory, rollers from a couple of old typewriters and a lot of time. This could be the formula for the creation of Dacofi, a new company, which produces solutions for advanced separation and filtering.

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Intelligent syringe creates new company

A simple and intelligent modification of the syringes used by millions of people for their medicine is the foundation for a new medtech company. Medilet is the first company to have sprung out of ”Bioneer: FARMA” – a successful cooperation between Bioneer and the University of Copenhagen.

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A gel without taste

A dry mouth, pain and difficulties swallowing are common conditions for patients with head and neck cancer, but help is on the way. Researchers at the Universities of Copenhagen and Southern Denmark have developed a gel without taste, the Zero Taste Gel, which effectively lubricates the mucosa and helps food on the way. The new company, Tenacious, was established in no time at all.

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Visible laser beams with Top Precision

Bingo! An EU funded research project surpassed all expectations, and the result was a new type of laser beam of unprecedented quality. Great interest from the industry and a first prize in Venture Cup emphasized a perfect starting point for developing business. But time passed without progress - until the Technical University of Denmark decided to give innovation and external collaboration extra focus.

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We photograph the invisible

A frown in the laboratory turned into a research project at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which has resulted in a hypersensitive camera that can measure pollution and gas leakages, find impurities in food, and over time maybe even diagnose illnesses via patients’ breath. In contrast to existing cameras, it is smaller, faster and cheaper, and, crucially, it works at room temperature, whereas existing cameras need to be cooled down to minus 200 °C.

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Small nano-coated gadgets are in business at DTU

Even before its first anniversary Silmeco already has goods in stock and customers to serve. The project picked up speed when a couple of students from Copenhagen Business School contacted the Technical University of Denmark in search of a case. This led to far more than an assignment.

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Anders Permin og Martin Friis-Mikkelsen, Saxocon

Direct access to counseling with the toxicologists at DTU

New service for business and industry

We have long had access to QSAR computer models, which can help reduce the need for animal testing in laboratories. However, the results are difficult to interpret, and many tend not to get enough information out of the analyses. Now, the new spin-out company Saxocon comes to the rescue, offering advice and guidance directly to researchers who have developed QSAR models themselves. The service is the result of a close partnership between DTU and a vigorous businessman with his own start-up capital.

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Getting chemistry and biology to communicate

The Chemical Biology group at the University of Copenhagen has discovered an entirely new principle for the development of pharmaceuticals and has achieved a significant breakthrough in the pain-control area. This has resulted in the establishment of a new company, Avilex Pharma, which is to turn the idea into reality.

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Anders Miki Bojesen and Morten Rønn Petersen. Photo: Henrik Petit



Owners of valuable thoroughbreds will do practically anything to get their mares in foal, but almost 10 per cent of mares do not become pregnant despite veterinary assistance. Two Danish researchers have now discovered what may be the root of the problem, and they have developed a product that will help horses become pregnant. It is ready for sale and will initially be launched in the USA.

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