Ocean Tunicell AS

Our Vision

We work towards a longer and healthier life for the human population. The business of Ocean TuniCell is to provide clinically relevant scaffold material that can bridge the gap between the research community and clinicians in order to facilitate the translational process in the field of regenerative medicine. Our core invention is the production and processing of medical grade tunicate cellulose nanofibrils, TUNICELL, with excellent properties for 3D reconstruction of tissues and organs. We aim to be the preferred biomaterial supplier for in vitro and in vivo applications within the field.

Our Business

Founded upon more than 20 years of research expertise in the fields of marine molecular biology, biopolymer chemistry, engineering and business development. We have generated patented technology towards supplying the highest quality nanocellulose to the biomedical market.

Our Team

We combine decades of experience in tunicate molecular biology, biopolymer chemistry, marine engineering and business entrepreneurship, dedicated to providing superior quality nanocellulose for scaffolding in biomedical applications. Customer service is a priority for us and we welcome collaborative feedback to further tailor our products to your specific application needs.

Christofer Troedsson, Ph.D.

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  • PhD in marine molecular biology from the University of Bergen.
  • >20 years of experience in molecular biology, life history strategy, marine production, harvesting and processing.
  • Former research group leader of the Molecular Ecology at NORCE and associate professor at University of Bergen.
  • CEO and board member in Ocean Bergen AS.
  • Inventor of tunicate technology used in Ocean.

Eric Thompson, Ph.D.

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  • PhD in Biology from the University of Southern California.
  • Expertise in tunicate biology from the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology and Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen.
  • Manager of numerous funded projects developing tunicate resources.
  • Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen and former group leader at the Sars Centre.
  • Former CSO in Ocean Bergen AS.
  • Inventor of tunicate technology used in Ocean.

Jean-Marie Bouquet, Ph.D.

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  • PhD in marine biology from University of Bergen.
  • Expertise in tunicate biology, production and processing.
  • Previously built the largest pelagic tunicate laboratory in the world at the Sars Centre.
  • Former research technician in Ocean Bergen AS.
  • Inventor of tunicate technology used in Ocean.

Thomas Aarstad, Mar.Eng.

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  • Marine engineer.
  • Expertise in large scale operations at sea.
  • Former engineer in Ocean Bergen As.
  • Inventor of tunicate technology used in Ocean.

Yadong Zhao, Ph.D.

Cellulose Production Manager

+47 400 08 280

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  • PhD in biopolymer chemistry from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
  • Expertise in cellulose and nanocellulose chemistry.
  • Experience as PhD and Post doc in research projects developing cellulose extraction procedures and nanocellulose protocols.
  • Former researcher at Ocean Bergen AS.
  • Inventor of tunicate technology used in Ocean.

Heloisa Galbiati, Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Aberdeen, UK.
  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology analyses.
  • Solid experience in laboratory management from the SARS International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway.
  • Certified for clinical analysis, with focus in hospital laboratory.

Emma Watkinson, M.Sc.

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  • M.Sc. Sustainable Aquaculture Systems from University of Plymouth UK.
  • Aquaculture research and production experience.
  • Research and development of low trophic cultivation methods.
  • Welfare and health assessment within aquaculture production.

Katrine S. Skaar, Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Bergen.
  • Broad experience in molecular and cellular biology methods with expertise in qualitative and quantitative techniques and analyses.
  • More than 10 years of experience in routine aseptic procedures.
  • Former department engineer and molecular biology facility responsible at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre.
  • Previously involved in building and starting up new laboratory facilities, including an ancient DNA laboratory at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre.

Rita Ullmann

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  • Executive assistant with Board Certified Apprenticeship and diploma in Office Management from Handelsinstituttet.
  • Executive officer and Consultant at Bergen Kommune
  • Executive Assistant at Ogilvy & Mather

Laurence Hoareau, Ph.D.

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  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Reunion Island, Fr.
  • Long experience in cell and tissue culture, particularly in human primary culture.
  • Strong expertise in stem cell research, based on organoid models, mesenchymal stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Experience in R&D, with biological validation of biomaterials and development of medical devices.

Barbora Tencer, Ph.D.

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  • PhD in Biophysics, Slovak Academy of Sciences.
  • Former Postdoc at Dept. of Biomedicine, University of Bergen and researcher at Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Norway.
  • Expertise in biomedical research with related experience in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Long experience in a wide range of methods for studying the function of organ systems from isolated tissue to single cells and subcellular fractions.
  • Experience in liposomal drug delivery systems and controlled release.
  • Certified for working with laboratory animals.

Maria Kalkvik, M.Sc.

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  • B.Sc Cell- and molecular biology from NTNU
  • M.Sc Entrepreneurship from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship
  • Specialised in technology based business development
  • Experience with early phase technology startups and sales

Board Members

Hans Kristian Hustad

Chairman of the Board

Alf Bjørseth

Board Member

Rolf Benjamin Johansen

Board Member

Jorunn Tyssø

Board Member

Håvard Sletta

Board Member