Three to watch: Spinouts from Aarhus University


Line Breckling

December 14, 2021

University-spinouts are startups that are commercializing a product, solution or method developed through research. These solutions have the potential to create fundamental change within their field of expertise.


Founded in 2019, MedicQuant is a spin-out from Aarhus University. The founders are developing a device for rapid and local testing of a new class of anticoagulants, called Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs). The device allows clinicians at hospitals to make better, data-based decisions with just 10 minutes of blood testing.

The Team

The startup is founded by CEO, Line Debois Frejlev Nielsen, and CTO, Malthe Hansen-Bruhn who both hold a PhD in nanoscience from Aarhus University and have worked on the technology for more than five years. They founded the company with Professor Kurt Gothelf who serves as Scientific Advisor and has more than 20 years of experience within assay development, bioconjugation and chemistry.

The startup is currently looking for investments that enable them to mature the technology and business to reach the next value inflexion points.

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The Aarhus University BioTech Spin-out, iNotify, has the ambitions to develop a hormone-free fertility treatment. The startup focuses on activating the so-called dormant follicles – a process that is pivotal for fertile eggs to mature.

About 1 in 10 women with fertility issues are suffering from low ovarian reserves, meaning they do not benefit from the existing hormonal treatment. This adds up to millions of women worldwide, where this non-invasive method may enable them to give birth to a child of their own.

The Team

Behind the startup is Researcher at the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University, Karin Lykke-Hartmann. Karin has a PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from Yale University, USA, and has since 2006 worked at Aarhus University researching Molecular Biology, Genetics, and biomedicine.

Founder, Karin Lykke-Hartmann (Foto: Simon Byrial Fischel, AU Health)

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Danish Graphene

Imagine a material that, without compromising durability and strength, can decrease the weight of cars and aeroplanes and even improve the effectiveness of wind turbines. That is what Andreas Brunsgaard Laursen can produce with his Aarhus University spin-out, Danish Graphene.

The startup has developed a method for producing a modified version of the material graphene. The material has mechanical properties and exceptional electrical and thermal conductivity capabilities. It can also be combined with plastic, which means that a very strong new material can be produced to replace metals or heavy composites. It can lastly be used as a surface treatment, improving durability and anti-static properties.

The Team

Danish Graphene was founded by CEO, Andreas Brundgaard Laursen, who holds an MSc. in Nanoscience. The company was co-founded by Steen Uttrup Pedersen, Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry/iNANO and Kim Daasbjerg, board member and Professor at Department of Chemistry/iNANO both from Aarhus University.

CEO and Co-founder, Andreas Brundgaard Laursen, photographed in The Kitchen

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