Jan Buch Andersen
CEO and Founder, PhD
Jan is a serial entrepreneur and native Dane who has been involved with numerous start-ups in the field of biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen in plant molecular biology in 1989. After leaving academia, he built a distribution company that specialized in molecular biology/cell culture reagents in Denmark, which was sold to Fisher Scientific in 2002. He has had Sales Manager tenures with both Invitrogen and Roche Diagnostics, leading to the co-founding of InMold Biosystems, a company in the advanced laboratory plastics area allowing functional proteins to be moulded into plastic surfaces. After his withdrawl he spent a year in India working for Bangalore Genei, leaving after it was sold to Merck Millipore for a position as Managing Director of ArcticZymes in Tromsø, Northern Norway. Still based in Tromsø, Jan founded Barentzymes in 2014, and the Njorth Bio_group in 2015/16.
Over the years Jan has acquired a solid commercial network and deep understanding of what it takes to do business on a global scale. He is commercial in all he does, and knows every aspect of building a bio-based business from the ground up. Jan has experience in a wide variety of publicly traded, international companies with offices located throughout the world. He has delivered outstanding results leading turn-around processes at several troubled companies.
Jan has been the chairman for the Industrial Biotech Network Norway, which has added substantially to his international network in the field of bioeconomic development. He is also a member of the program board for the largest biotechnology program (Biotek2021) at the Norwegian Research Council and has been an invited speaker to many international conferences on industrial biotechnology.
Chairman of the Board
Erik Kromann holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Danish Technical University and a business degree in accounting (HD) from the Copenhagen Business School.
He worked at Sadolin & Holmblad (now Akzo Nobel) for 12 years holding various positions in Denmark and abroad. Having been Executive Vice-President, Sales, and Regional Director, the Americas for Hempel Coatings, Inc., he participated in a management buy-in of the pharmaceutical company Scanpharm A/S as Executive Vice-President, Science and Technology. For 7 years he worked for the Superfos Group as President for Superfos Chemicals and later Superfos Biosector (now Brenntag Biosector), a biotech company focused on vaccine adjuvants.
In recent years he has hold responsibilities as President and CEO in start-ups in the biotech field, and Director in a number of high-tech companies. From September 2000 until July 2007 he has been a licensing professional assisting companies and research institutions in technology transfer and commercialization. His responsibilities also encompassed NOVI Innovation A/S (now Borean Innovation A/S), a science incubator that provides financing and incubator facilities to innovative start-up companies.
Post retirement in July 2007 he has been active as director in start-up bio- and med-tech companies.
Head of Business Development and Office Administration, MSc
Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Jessica decided to move from the U.S.A. to Tromsø and study Business Creation and Entrepreneurship at the master level at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway in 2011. She received her degree based upon her thesis entitled: Connecting a Science-based Research Idea with a Viable Commercial Strategy, for which she received an A. At Central Michigan University she received a B.A.A. in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts (Communications) with a minor in Marketing in 2005.
Jessica has recently worked as Head of Communications and Sponsorships for BIOPROSP_17 – The 8th International Conference on Marine Bioprospecting, and as Head of Communications for innovation cluster organization Biotech North. She also recently completed a two year stint as a research assistant in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previous business experience from the U.S. includes Project Manager at Diana Rua Media, Account Executive at CBS Radio, and Assistant Manager at both Macy’s Department Stores and Bath and Body Works Direct, Inc.
She has a Norwegian child, loves to paint, and is learning to dance West Coast Swing and Salsa.
Naga Pardha Saradhi Borra
Head of R&D, PhD
Through his academic and industrial research work, Saradhi has acquired knowledge, experience and skills on various Molecular biology, Microbiology, Protein chemistry and Structural biology techniques. He has a PhD from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, thesis entitled Structural and biochemical characterization of Metallo -β-lactamases; Insights into the antigenic binding sites, which he received in September 2012. His MsC in Microbiology was received from Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur, India in 2001.
Saradhi has worked as a research technician in molecular biology and microbiology at Barantzymes AS in Tromsø, as a research technician for an EU project called ACE-approaches to control multi-resistant Enterococci: studies on molecular ecology, horizontal gene transfer, fitness and prevention at UiT, and as a research assistant on a project entitled Aspects of protein biosynthesis in Eubacteria, & DNA repair in Eubacteria at the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore, India.
He has two beautiful children with his wife Dhivya and has lived in Tromsø since 2008.
Antonina completed her Master’s degree in “English language and literature” in Ukraine and continued her education through post-graduate studies with a specialization in “Comparative historical and typological linguistics.” Before moving to Norway, she worked as a business-focused English teacher in Kirovograd College of Economics and Law.
Antonina has always been interested in marketing, so after spending a year and a half as HR manager at Manpro AS, she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management (“Økonomi og administrasjon”) with a specialization in Marketing at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. She is due to graduate in the spring of 2019.
She adores painting and photography.