SINTEF is one of the largest independent non-profit research institutes in Europe with over 2200 employees and an annual turnover of 320 M €. While industry-driven applied research is the core of SINTEF's activity, the institute coordinates and participates in numerous research-driven projects and academic collaborations nationally, and internationally through EU-programs (H2020, ERA, etc). Furthermore, SINTEF is highly active in translating research to commercial applications through licensing of in-house developed technologies and establishment of spin-off companies.
SINTEF Industry, Department of Biotechnology and Nanomedicine is a department of 100 researchers and technical staff and currently participates in over one hundred research projects covering nearly all fields of biotechnology. Marine biotechnology and biopolymers are core areas of expertise and strategic relevance, and SINTEF has over 20 years' experience working with seaweed-derived innovations.
SINTEF Ocean conducts research and innovation related to ocean space for national and international industries. Our ambition is to continue Norway's leading position in marine technology and biomarine research. Many of the challenges of modern society can be solved through sustainable use of the ocean. Transport, food and energy production represent the backbone of ocean-based industries, and are also core areas for SINTEF Ocean. In addition, we focus on environmental technology, with one of the world’s leading professional environments in marine environmental technology. Through cooperation in the SINTEF group, we are also able to integrate our own expertise with expert technological knowledge from other industry sectors. SINTEF has a long tradition for being a knowledge supplier and a good partner for Norwegian companies. We will continue to be so in the future, and through SINTEF Ocean we have established a centre of gravity for marine and maritime research, both in Norway and internationally.