Start of marine bioprospecting project in the Trondheimsfjord. SINTEF in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Establishing the biobank based on samples from sediment, sponges and sea surface. Collection and pre-screening of material. 2006. First strain collection established. 7000 bacterial isolates, several extracts of which with proven strong antiinfective and/or anticancer activity.
Expansion of the strain collection to more than 10000 bacterial isolates representing strains of high taxonomic diversity. The collection is pointed as one of the most central bio-banks for bioprospecting in Norway.
Further documentation of the strain collection as source of possible new drugs.
MarBiLeads AS established by SINTEF based on the exclusive access to the biobank and to the unique R&D results from the marine bioprospecting project obtained by SINTEF/NTNU.
Business development supported by grants from Inovation Norway (IN)
Expanded R&D programme financed by grants from Norwegiamn Research Council (NCR)
MarBiLeads expands its biobank access to include the National strain collection «MarBank» at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø.