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Meet Our Team of Scientists

At BIOEFFECT we have a dedicated team of scientists that are continually expanding their research of skin cells, growth factors, and innovative ingredients in a quest to maximize the benefits of a Barley EGF skincare routine.

Dr. Björn Örvar

Dr. Björn Örvar is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of BIOEFFECT. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University before returning to Iceland to launch ORF Genetics and later BIOEFFECT.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Serum

I have always been interested in science, ever since high school, but I was also fascinated with creating something truly practical. This is something I got from my father, who was an entrepreneur and always thinking outside the box. He had such an innovative mind and it really inspired me. So, I wanted to do great science, but with practical applications.

Dr. Björn Örvar

Dr. Jón Már

Dr. Jón Már Björnsson is the Chief of Research and Development at ORF Genetics. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Lund in Sweden and was the Head of In Vivo Biology at deCODE Genetics (Iceland) before joining ORF Genetics in 2009.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Body Serum

“I have always been interested in testing things and seeing where that leads me - I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of biotechnology and its important role in so many aspects of our daily life, both now and in the future.”

Dr. Jón Már

Dr. Hilmar Viðarsson

Dr. Hilmar Vidarsson is the Director of Biomedical & Health Science at BIOEFFECT and oversees the in-house efficacy studies and skin research. He has an M.Sc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics from the University of Gothenburg. He worked in stem cell research in Sweden for several years before returning to Iceland to start the skin research lab at BIOEFFECT.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Day Serum

“I always look forward going to work, evaluating new exciting BIOEFFECT products. It is like getting a gift each time a new product lands on my table and I just love the excitement of discovering the power of each product with my skin studies.”

Dr. Hilmar

Dr. Arna Rúnarsdóttir

Dr. Arna Rúnarsdóttir joined ORF Genetics in 2010 is a member of the Research and Development team where her main focus is optimizing purification methods for the growth factors. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. She has worked in the field of biochemistry at the Science Institute University of Iceland and deCode Genetics.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Day Serum

“The day-to-day work in R&D department is never the same. I really enjoy the diversity and developing new products.”

Dr. Arna

Þórdís Þorvarðardóttir

Þórdís Þorvarðardóttir is the Director of Formulation and Analytics at BIOEFFECT and is responsible for developing all new BIOEFFECT products. She received her M.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Iceland and European Fragrance and Cosmetic Master from Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l'aromatique alimentaire (ISIPCA).

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Essence, Hydrating cream and EGF Power Cream… I cannot choose between these great products.

“As someone who has always loved skincare products, it is a dream come true to work behind the scenes – carefully selecting the ingredients we use and figuring out the perfect concentrations in order to create a truly unique and effective product.”

Þórdís Þorvarðardóttir