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Y Science 2019

An official side event of  Slush for Life Sciences

Helsinki, Finland, Messukeskus
November 22nd 2019

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.

A big thank you for everyone who participated at Y Science 2019! We would also like to congratulate Medicortex for winning the Life Science Pitching competition.

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"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


09.00 - 10.00 Science is the basis for innovation

Host: Giles Dudley, BioInnovation Institute


Opening keynote: Roger Franklin, Hadean Ventures - The value of innovation

Thomas McWilliams, University of Helsinki - Destroying powerhouses to defeat disease

Virpi Lummaa, University of Turku - The science of healthy ageing

Rolf Saager, Linköping University - Seeing tissue in a new light: emerging optical techniques for clinical imaging

Kirsi Mikkonen, University of Helsinki - Towards sustainable food

Eero Castrén, University of Helsinki - How does the brain work?


10.00 - 11.00 Life Science Pitching Competition for pre-startups and early phase startups

Host: Liisa Mayow, Kaskas Media


Pitch finalists:

  1. Begum Utz, Medicortex

  2. Peter Mouritzen, Twelve Bio

  3. Keenan Pinto, Nordetect

  4. Michael Tessier, Cohesys

  5. Tejesvi Mysore, Chain Antimicrobials

  6. Kasper Gubba Ørtenblad, Proxi Biotech

  7. Preethy Paul, Anison

  8. Sebastian Loy, Nanoglue

On stage jury:

Rodrigo Mallo Leiva, RebelBio

Gerald Parloiu, Global Founders Capital

Laura Pontiggia, European Research Council

11.00 - 12.00 Founders' stories - What it's like to combine life sciences and business

Host: Giles Dudley, BioInnovation Institute

Keynote: Hans GCP Schikan, Pharm D., Former CEO of Prosensa - The rollercoaster ride of a biotech company


Andreas Lindblom, Sciety - Angels in life science

Inka Mero, Voima Ventures - Founding a VC passionate about science

Stine Mølgaard Sørensen, Radiobotics - High Risk - Low Reward? - Why building a life science business is not a good idea!

Antoine Hubert, Ÿnsect - Scaling from lab to large-scale factory: an example in the Ag-Tech space


11.55 - 12.00 Life Science Pitching Competition - Announcing the winner


Speaker introductions

Thomas McWilliams

University of Helsinki

Virpi Lummaa

University of Turku

Rolf Saager

Linköping University

Kirsi Mikkonen

University of Helsinki

Eero Castrén

University of Helsinki

Hans Schikan

Pharm D., former CEO of Prosensa

Giles Dudley (host)

BioInnovation Institute

Roger Franklin

Hadean Ventures

Andreas Lindblom


Inka Mero

Voima Ventures

Antoine Hubert


Stine Mølgaard Sørensen


Life Science Pitching on stage jury and host

Liisa Mayow (host)

Kaskas Media

Laura Pontiggia

European Research Council

Gerald Parloiu

Global Founders Capital

Rodrigo Mallo Leiva



Life Science Pitching

Life Science Pitching competition for early-stage science-based startups

Are you already on the path of turning your discovery into action? Our pitch-competition is for you! We invite early-stage startups with a focus on life-sciences to apply for a pitching competition held at the Y Science event on 22nd of November 2019. The winner will be granted 30 000 euros to take their exciting idea further! All finalists will receive a pitching training from experienced communication specialists before the event.



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.

On November 22nd,
Slush and HiLIFE from the University of Helsinki start a journey of discovery. Our path will pass through scientific discoveries, 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.