It started as a skin cream and is now fighting common colds everywhere – meet Enzymatica

March 28, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

Next week, Enzymatica will be taking over our Instagram account, so we sat down with Ulf Blom (EVP Marketing) and Louise Forssell (Executive Assistant) to find out more about who they are and what they do.

“We are a life science company that develops and sells medical devices against infectious diseases, like the common cold. Our products are based on a barrier technology, which includes marine enzymes. Our first product is ColdZyme Mouth Spray that can prevent cold, and can shorten the disease period”, says Ulf. “What makes our product different is that it works on the virus itself and thereby acting on the cause of the disease”.

“ColdZyme has been launched in ten markets, for instance in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Greece. The launch in Sweden was the best product launch since the 1970s”, says Ulf. “The strategy is to continue to grow by strengthening our position in existing markets and expanding to more geographic markets through established partners.”

“Our headquarter is here at Ideon and we are listed on the Nasdaq First North”, says Louise.

Can you tell us more about the history of the company and what inspired you to start it?

“The story of our product starts in the 1970s in Iceland. Researchers there were looking into why the hands of workers in a fish cleaning facility, that cleans tons of fresh-caught cod, were so healthy and soft. They found out that the reason was a cold-adapted enzyme that was present in cod and when in contact with the warm human skin and mucus membranes becomes super active. The Icelandic company Zymetech then got a patent for that enzyme”, explains Ulf.

“In 2007 a team of five people: a lawyer, a board member and executive managers (including Ulf, note from Ideon), saw the opportunity to use this enzyme for treatment and prevention of diseases. We signed an agreement with the Icelandic company to further develop and do research on what could be done with their patented enzyme and Enzymatica was created. For the first four years the five of us worked on this project mostly on the weekends and during our free time. We launched ColdZyme in 2013 and in 2016 we merged with the Icelandic company Zymetech. During the last couple of years the strategy has shifted towards expansion on European and other markets”, says Ulf.

Can you tell us more about the people working at Enzymatica?

“We are sixteen people working here in Sweden and we have nine more colleagues in Iceland, where we make all of our raw enzyme material”, says Louise. “Most of the people working at Enzymatica come from international life science companies, from other Ideon companies or  from the University.”

What are the benefits of being a part of Ideon for you?

“The biggest benefit for us is the networking. Everything and everybody is intertwined, as we already mentioned even most of our employees come from other Ideon companies. By being part of Ideon you have the chance to learn and interact with various different companies within different industries and help each other. Also, another great advantage is that Ideon has great and strong connections with the city of Lund, which is a great University city that has many highly qualified young people”, says Ulf.

What are you planning to show us next week?

“Since we work with prevention we get many great pictures and stories from consumers and our representatives and we would like to share some of them with you. We are planning to give some tips regarding the common cold, and of course show you who we are here at Enzymatica”, says Louise.

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Students from the Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be taking over our Instagram account next week

March 16, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

#INSTATAKEOVER Next week, two students from the Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lund University will be taking over our Instagram account to show us what they are doing, what projects they are working on and tell us about the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE). We met up with the students, Antonia Mühlbauer and Gisele Azad, as well as faculty member Lottie Norrsén from the SKJCE.

Can you tell me a bit about the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Master’s programme?

-We are a hub for entrepreneurship at Lund University. Our aim is to advance both entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship research. We focus on the areas of teaching, research and societal engagement. Our current research projects include: Refugee and Immigrant Entrepreneurship, New Venture Teams, The Entrepreneurial Process, Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Learning.

-We teach students how to be better entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs. We teach at all levels from basic courses to our Masters programme and PhD level, to commissioned education.

-Our flagship in terms of education is our Masters Programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Master’s Programme has 55 students, divided into two tracks; New Venture Creation and Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We have 75-85% international students in the programme and 40% of the students are women.

It must be a popular program; do you have many applicants?

-This year we had approximately 1700 students applied and 55 were accepted. We look at grades and experience from work and entrepreneurship. The applicants also have to submit a statement of purpose and a video.

You have a demo day at Ideon, what is that?

-The Demo Day is the crescendo of the programme, this year it is scheduled for May 25th, so mark your calendars! This is the time where the students present the startup that they have launched during the year.

-Another great upcoming event is Dragons at the University, a competition where students from the Master’s programme, VentureLab’s incubator companies and other students from Lund University get the chance to pitch their business ideas for venture capitalists – the “Dragons”.

How many companies are created each year?

-We create entrepreneurs, not companies. All of our students continue as entrepreneurs in some way, either in the project they create during their studies, or they join another start-up, some become social entrepreneurs, some join larger companies and some continue their studies. We are not an accelerator, we focus on the development of the individual. But if you want to know of some successful students, we can mention ApParkingSpot as well as BookBoost, Renjer, NordGrona, Nattaro Labs, Suntribe, Kever Genever, Pow Unity and Uniti as some great examples.

Antonia and Gisele, can you tell me a bit more about yourselves?

-We are writing our theses on female immigrant entrepreneurship and prototyping in entrepreneurial opportunity recognition. Besides, we are setting up our own business, Femcrunch, a software tool to support gender equality in corporations. We want to show you how we as a team experience the startup journey in Sweden while studying our masters. We have a lot to do in a week, from networking to preparing for client meetings, brainstorming about our marketing and of course, writing our thesis!

-I, Gisele, come from the Netherlands and have worked in a big media agency, for a NGO and I started my first business last year.

-I, Antonia, am German and have worked in corporations doing tax consulting and IT related project management. We want our company to tackle a social problem while being profitable as well.

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Behind the scenes with Bylife #instatakeover

February 8, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

Next week Bylife, who was the winner at the VentureCup idea hunt 2017, will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk with Erik Wilson the CEO and Founder of Bylife.

Erik Wilson - Bylife
Erik Wilson – Bylife

Hi Erik, can you explain a bit more what your company does? What is unique in what you are providing? What inspired you to start your business?

In short – We (Bylife.io) are bringing nature indoors to improve peoples’ quality of life. This means we are developing what we call “a smart living wall” i.e. a bookshelf, covered with green indoor plants that make you feel great from simply being near it. Just like being outside.

What’s unique about our product is that the wall knows what type of plant sits where and how it should be taken care of. In that way you can sit back and enjoy the plants not caring about maintenance, and start thinking about who you are and how you would like to express yourself in life, by life.

What inspired me in creating it? The nature, seeing how good everyone feel in contact with it, and asking myself – how can nature be more accessible and with us in our day to day life. Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, this is where it must be.

Can you tell me more about the people working at Bylife? What backgrounds do you have and what inspires you while working?

Erik Wilson, CEO and founder. Responsible for customer relations, business development and research, while keeping the team together. Worked with light simulation and light design for 8-months during his graduation project in collaboration with Philips Lighting Research. Has also international research experience and a combined master’s in engineering nanoscience, from the engineering faculty, LTH, of Lund University.

Zacharias Holm, Software developer and system architect, co-founder. Responsible for developing software and homepage where the systems are monitored and managed from. Previously co-founded and run his own software consultancy firm. Background in ‘Design and Information systems’, from Lund University.

Markus Karlström, Mechatronic expert and robotic developer, co-founder. Responsible for development of the aeroponic spot irrigation and the robotic growth light. Background in mechatronic from LTH. Recently returned from a 6-month exchange program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Oscar Nilsson, Product developer and supply manager. Last year student. Product development, Engineering Mechanics LTH.

Luca Caruso, Business development. 1st  year exchange student from Brazil. Studying industrial engineering.

Petter Andersson, Full-stack developer. 4th year computer engineering student at LTH.

The feedback we get from both customers and potential customers inspires us to continue working and boosts our confidence that we are doing something that will have a large impact on society.

You are part of Venture Lab, what does that give you?

We have been with VentureLab for almost a year now and it is an amazing place to start. Firstly, you realize that you are not on your own and your confidence is boosted by others. You receive valuable tips and contacts from more mature entrepreneurs who usually have a head start compared to you.

What are you going to show us during your Instagram takeover week?

You will get an insight in our daily work-life, hopefully learn something about plants and what easy steps you can take to improve your indoor environment. Also, I will be revealing why we have been working so hard for the past weeks.

If you want to learn more about Bylife visit  https://bylife.io/

If you want to know more about Eric you can read his latest blog post here

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Behind the science with JOIN #instatakeover

January 16, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

Next week, JOIN business and technology will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk to Pernilla Zetterlund Lind from JOIN. Did you know that JOIN was one of the first companies to move in to the park in 1984?

Pernilla Zetterlund Lind
Pernilla Zetterlund Lind – JOIN

Hey, Pernilla can you tell us a bit more about JOIN and what you do?

– We are a company that helps other companies to make their product so that it can go for production and hence sale. So, it is mostly products that are strongly tech or medical related. People come here with an idea and ask us if the product they want to make is even possible.  We try to make that product work by making a prototype of that. Hopefully if it works they can start manufacturing the product and sell it.

Do you help them just with the prototype or also with the steps after that (like finding an investor)?

– We can help them a bit, we mostly focus on helping them design and make their product. Of course we have already formed different business relationships, so we can help them to get in contact with different people that can further help them. If we do not have the exact contacts we can at least tell them where they should go and who would be able to help them out the most.

Who are the people that work here?

– Most of us are different types of engineers. Technical, mechanical, electronics, we have also a lot of computer engineers. Our whole idea is that we have people for everything for designing the product, creating the program for it, and then we have 3D printers that can create the prototype. We have people in order to do the whole process of getting your product from an idea stage to a working product (production) stage.

What are you going to show us next week on Instagram?

– On Thursday, we host a breakfast meeting with companies from Ideon Science Park in order to make new connections and form new business relationships.  We also want to use this as a chance to show who we are and what we can offer. We will finish the week by sharing our experience from the meeting. What happened, how was it, what did we learn.

Find out more about JOIN here

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Behind the scenes with Malmö Yrkeshögskola #instatakeover

October 2, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

With 400 companies and organisations at Ideon, it is difficult to keep track of what everyone is doing. We want to make it easier for all of us to get to know one another by inviting you behind the scenes. Every other week, one company will take over our Instagram account and share their working life with you. This week, Malmö Yrkeshögskola and their program Advanced Programming for iPhone and Android, will be taking over our Instagram.

Hello Claes Magnusson, Principal, can you tell me a little bit about Malmö Yrkeshögskola and the course you have at Ideon?

– Malmö Yrkeshögskola is an advanced vocational college with education at post upper secondary levels, approved and financed by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education and approved by the Swedish Board of Study Support (CSN) for loans and grants.

– In Lund we provide a 1,5 year programme in Advanced Programming iPhone and Android, next class starts in January 2018. We also have several programmes in Malmö and in Helsingborg including Content Manager (2 year) also starting in January, and Mobile Commerce (1.5 year), Content Producer (1.5 year) and Programmer iPhone and Android (1 year) starting in August 2018.

Who are the students that attend the course?

– Students are usually 25-35 year olds, often with a previous academic degree or real skills earned through work.

Can the Ideon companies use the students for smaller projects?

– Absolutely. The students are there for the companies to use, engage and hire. They are allowed to work commercially from day one, but there is also a 20 week LIA-course, Learning in a work environment, where the learning should take place at a company or in an organisation. Please feel free to send us an email 5-10 lines (WITHOUT any business secrets), and we will forward it to our students.

What will you be showing us on Instagram next week?

– We will show what our students are working with and also some reflections from the school about how fast the digital transition is moving. There are a good reason for Learn or die® to be a registered trade mark för Malmö Yrkeshögskola.

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Find out more about Malmö Yrkeshögskola here

Lunch ideas from the Ideon Restaurant app

Did you know that students from the program have created an app that shows you the way to the restaurants at Ideon.

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An intelligent light that can improve the quality of your sleep – follow BrainLit behind the scenes

April 21, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

With 400 companies at Ideon, it is difficult to keep track of what everyone is doing. We want to make it easier for all of us to get to know one another by inviting you behind the scenes. Every other week, one company will take over our Instagram account and share their working life with you. BrainLit are hosting our account this week.

Hello Cathrin Frisemo, what can you tell me about BrainLit?

Cathrin Frisemo BrainLit
Cathrin Frisemo, BrainLit

– BrainLit is Sweden’s most innovative lighting technology company. The intelligent light control system was developed and patented by the tech serial entrepreneur Tord Wingren in 2012.

– We are gaining both national and international recognition, e.g. we were one of the finalists at the Swedish Mobile Awards, and internationally also for BrainLit’s light installation at Lindeborgsskolan in Malmö. A scientific study published last year showed that students at the school had significantly improved their quality of sleep. We also recently received 2 MSEK in funding from Vinnova for development a light meter for measuring light in a new way.

What products or services do you offer?

– Today a large number om people spend 90% of their time indoors, and that has a major impact on our health, in particular on the circadian rhythm, which regulates our body clock. BrainLit provides customers with daylight indoors by the intelligent light control system to improve health and productivity. The indoor lighting is customized to mimic natural daylight by LED-luminaries controlled by sensors connected to the patented software. The lighting system is adjusted and managed by the customers through using panels or/and by an app in the phone or tablet.

– The system is a dynamic self-learning system, with built-in feedback, and based on the latest research in lighting and illumination. The continuous upgrade of the system is secured by BrainLit’s scientific board with professors in high tech and medicine, providing our customers with the best indoor light environment for humans and livestock.

Our five keywords are:

  • Health presence
  • Well-being
  • Productivity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Maintenance efficiency

Who are the people working at BrainLit, what are your backgrounds?

– Together we cover a broad and in-depth competence in technology and medicine, and with experience from working in international environments. We work closely together with our scientific board to assure providing our customers with a cutting-edge light environment solution.

What will you be showing us this week on Instagram?

You will follow the BrainLit team “behind the scenes.” You may also meet us live this Wednesday, April 26, when we are hosting the scientific breakfast at Ideon Agora, 08:30-10:30. The talks are about human needs for daylight to stay healthy and the new way of measuring light.

Are there any areas where you would like a closer cooperation or exchange of ideas with other Ideon Companies?

– We are always open to exchanging ideas since we are continuously developing our light environment system.

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