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Y Science 2022
An official side event of  Slush for Life Sciences

Helsinki, Finland, Messukeskus
November 17th 2022, 12.00-16.30

Y Science is an event that brings together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to the society in the field of life sciences.

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Attendance is free-of-charge, but requires registration. Registration to Y Science is now open via the Slush platform.


To register:

  1. Visit the Slush platform page

  2. If you don't yet have a profile on the Slush platform, create one

  3. On the left bar, select "Browse events"

  4. Select "Y Science" and then click on "Register now"

"Y Science is one of the best events to get in touch with a diverse set of the top-notch researchers and science-based startups from the Nordics."


—  Michael Lütolf, Creathor Ventures



Y Science 2022 will take place on November 17th 2022, 12.00-16.00, in Messukeskus, Siipi room 101AB (Messuaukio 1, Helsinki). 

12.00 - 13.10 - Health & Pharma session

Host and moderator: Juha Paakkola - Director, Health Capital Helsinki

Welcome words

Jari Koistinaho - Director, Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), University of Helsinki

Opening keynote - Y we love life science: blood, sweat & tears

Pekka Simula, Founding partner at Innovestor Life Science

Panel discussion - Shaking the status quo: the road towards psychedelic-assisted therapy

Aleksi Hupli, Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere University 

Iikka Yli-Kyyny, Clinical psychologist, HUS Helsinki University Hospital

Health pitching competition


  • Matti Kurki - CorFlux

  • Martti Vakkala - Nosore

  • Päivi Saavalainen - SCellex

  • Mehreen Ali - Veil.AI


  • Bobby Soni - CBO, BioInnovation Institute

  • Madeleine Thun - Senior Director, Alliances and Strategic Partnerships,  A.Catalyst Network, AstraZeneca

  • Milla Koistinaho - Partner, Innovestor

  • Vincenzo Cerullo - Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki

Student pitch

Amna Gul - Aalto-Helsinki iGEM team

13.10 - 13.30 - Networking break

Mingle with other attendees and check out the stands in our networking area

13.30 - 14.25 - Food Systems

Host and moderator: Laura Forsman - Manager, Viikki Food Design Factory, University of Helsinki

Panel discussion - Investors and founders: How to work together

Mika Kukkurainen - Founder and partner, Nordic FoodTech VC

Simo Ellilä - CEO and co-founder, eniferBio

Food system pitching competition


  • Oliver Rotko - Arctic Farming

  • Gaëlle Thomas - BinkiApp

  • Ossi Paloneva - MOLT

  • Jere Vento - Five Letter Foods


  • Keith Bonnici - Investment director, Tesi

  • Lauri Reuter - Founder and partner, Nordic FoodTech VC

  • Louise Heiberg - Senior Investment Manager, PINC (Paulig Incubator)

Pre-germinator program introduced by Reetta Kivelä

Student pitch

Idowu Onyinye Adesanya - Pre-germinator team

14.25 - 14.45 - Networking break

Mingle with other attendees and check out the stands in our networking area

14.45 - 15.40 - Environment & Forest

Host and moderator: Marjaana Suorsa - Manager, Innovation policy, Finnish Forest Industries

Panel discussion - Combining different expertise to build a winning team

Antti Valtonen - CMO, Sulapac

Mari Saario - Director of Sustainability, Sulapac

Startup showcase

  • Aino Erkinjuntti - Sales & Marketing Director, Innomost - Upcycled birch from Nordic forests – the journey of Innomost

  • Nina Forsman - CEO, LignoSphere - Bringing biomaterials out of the lab and into the market

Award ceremony

Health pitching competition

Food systems pitching competition

Closing words

Jari Koistinaho - Director, Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), University of Helsinki

15.40 - 16.30 - Networking drinks

Stay for a glass of sparkling wine and get to know other attendees

Looking for more science-based event? Check out UNICORNER!

UNICORNER is an official side event of Slush organized by Helsinki Innovation Services (HIS). The event will take place in Tiedekulma On November 17 at 17.00-20.00.

Pitch Competition

Pitching Competitions

Are you already on the path of turning your discovery into action? Our pitch-competitions are for you!


In 2022, Y Science will host two pitching competitions:


All finalists will receive pitching training from experienced communication specialists before the event, as well as a ticket to attend Slush and the opportunity to showcase their idea to potential investors on November 17th.


The winner of each competition will be granted a 5,000 euros prize to take their exciting idea further!

Why Science

Why Science

We're here to bring forth the value of science-based business, and encourage scientists to embrace a different way of thinking about impact. Y Science invites all those enthusiastic about life sciences and commercialization of research for a moment of mutual enlightenment.

The event, now at its forth edition, originates from a collaboration between 
Slush and HiLIFE from the University of Helsinki. This year we take it one step further and we welcome Finnish Forest IndustriesHealth Capital Helsinki, and Viikki Food Design Factory as co-organizers.


On November 17th, join us for a journey of discovery. Our path will pass through scientific breakthroughs, possibilities for concrete action and tasty teasers of what you can do with your skills if you just set your mind to it.

The event is one of the official side events of Slush, the biggest startup conference in the Nordics.

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