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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 maximise the benefits of a Barley EGF skincare routine.

Dr. Björn Örvar.

Dr. Björn Örvar is the co-founder of BIOEFFECT and Chief Scientific Officer of ORF Genetics. 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.

Favourite 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

Sigrún Dögg Guðjónsdóttir, M.D.

Sigrún Dögg is the Chief of Research and Development of BIOEFFECT. She oversees product- and skin trials along with developing and shaping our product line. Sigrún received her B.Sc. from the University of Iceland and completed an M.D. from the University of Copenhagen. In previous years, she has worked in the field of dermatology and as a medical specialist within clinical drug development.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Power Cream

“I have always found the human skin interesting. It is the body's largest organ and I find it a privilege to assist people achieving healthier skin. When it comes to science, curiosity and innovation are what drives me. Luckily, that's perfectly in line with the BIOEFFECT brand and the products we make.”

Dr. Sigrún

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.

Favourite 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

Ildikó Nagy, PhD

Dr. Ildikó Nagy is the Director of Protein Sciences at ORF Genetics. Her main focus is finding and innovating technologies to produce and analyse growth factors, the active ingredients found in BIOEFFECT products. Ildikó received her PhD in Structural Biochemistry from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. She worked as the principal scientist at Process Technology and Innovation Department of Alvotech, Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company, prior to joining our team.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Eye Serum and Hydrating Cream

“We in the RnD are challenging ourselves every day. We try. We fail. We learn. Together we make a difference. This way drives us towards superior products.”

Dr. Ildikó

Berit Noesgaard Nielsen

Berit has an M.Sc. in Biochemistry and works as a Biochemist in our Formulation and Analytics team, mainly focusing on product development. She previously worked on Mass Spectrometric Analysis at DeCode Genetics, before joining ORF Genetics and BIOEFFECT in 2008.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Day Serum

“Every day is different here at the lab as each day brings new challenges – and new chances. We strive to find the perfect combination of different ingredients in order to create the perfect product, that works as desired.”

Berit Noesgaard Nielsen

Guðrún Valdís Halldórsdóttir

Guðrún Valdís received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Iceland. She has worked on Protein Development, Formulations, and currently as a Formulation Research Associate here at BIOEFFECT. Her main task is researching and testing ingredients and ideal packaging as well as developing and formulating new products.

Favorite BIOEFFECT product: EGF Serum and EGF Power Cream

“I have always had a passion for science and research. That is exactly what the job requires. Formulating and pairing the right ingredients, developing a new active product, is as exciting as it is challenging.”

Guðrún Valdís Halldórsdóttir