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Oulu Bioscience Networking Event (OBNE) is a networking event organized by the Bioscientific Society of Oulu for all bioscientists in the Oulu area. The first OBNE took place in 2013 and is currently arranged biennially. Each time we have great spekers covering a specific theme of the event.


Almost all the events for 2020 have been cancelled, and Oulu Bioscience Networking Event 2020 (OBNE20) is no different. Instead, we decided to launch a blog series in an OBNE fashion to showcase biosciences in Oulu. The theme for OBNE20 was Innovative interdisciplinary research in Oulu, and now the blog series follows with the same theme.

Check out the blog here.


The Oulu Bioscience Networking Event 2018 was organized on the 2nd of November at the Kontinkangas campus of the University of Oulu. The theme of the evening was “Seeds to Successful Collaborations – Biobusiness Sprouting from Academia”. The aim was to discover the secret to successfully getting one’s foot in the door with business collaborations or start-ups as an academic. The event gathered 100 bioscience professionals from academia and local biobusinesses.

The keynote for the event was given by the distinguished biobusiness professional, President and CEO of JouZeNet Consulting Jouko Haapalahti, followed by the personal success stories of our invited visiting speakers Antti Ylipää (CEO, Genevia Technologies) and Virpi Muhonen (CEO, Askel Healthcare). We also heard how Post Docs in Companies PoDoCo could help us connect with the business world by the Program Manager Essi Huttu. During the networking session, the conversations continued accompanied by wine and delicious cocktail snacks.

Next we heard our very own success stories from Oulu, when Professor Johanna Myllyharju presented the collaboration with FibroGen, CEO Tejesvi Mysore the story of Chain Antimicrobials and Research professor Jussi Hiltunen talked about university collaborations with VTT. The last inspiring speech of the evening was given by M.Sc. Prateek Singh, who recently secured an EU funding for his new start-up FinnAdvance.

The atmosphere in the OBNE2018 was pleasant and inspired, and the participants left the event looking forward to the OBNE2019.

The event was organized by the Bioscientific Society of Oulu, with the help of the BioBio Society, University of Oulu Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme and Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, BusinessOulu and Oulu Health, The Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences Loimu, The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers and the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.



The annual Oulu Bioscience Networking Event was organized on 3rd November at the University of Oulu, Ice Breaker stage. This year the theme was “Linking Nordic Biosciences – Over the Arctic”. The event gathered plenty of bioscience professionals from the academic and the private sector from Finland, Sweden and Norway. The event aimed to increase networking between the bioscience professionals over the Arctic, and to discuss about the current themes in the field of biosciences and collaboration between the Nordic countries.

obne_audience_smallThe introduction to the evening’s theme was given by Professor Tiina Kinnunen from the University of Oulu after which the Arctic Biodiscovery Centre & Biotech North, OuluHealth Labs, Ginolis Ltd, Admescope Ltd and Sangen Ltd told about their activities. After the delicious snacks and wine served during the netobne_food_smallworking break, Hannele Savela from the Joint Arctic Agenda introduced the joint venture between the Nordic countries. Collaboration between the Nordic countries was further addressed in the panel discussion. The panelists were: Eirik W. Lundblad from the Arctic Biodiscovery Centre & Biotech North at the Arctic University of Norway, Tanja Pyhäjärvi from the Department of Physiology and Genetics at the University of Oulu, Björn Ekström from Ginolis Ltd, Kalevi Virta from Nordic Test Beds and Hannele Savela from the Joint Arctic Agenda.


The event was organized by the Biochemical Society of Oulu, and it was sponsored by BioBio Society, Biocenter Oulu, BusinessOulu, the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Oulu, Finnish Union of Experts in Science LAL, Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu Health, Nordic Infrastructure for Mouse Models, the Finnish Union of Expert in Science and the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.