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PROGRAMME 2023

12.00 - 13.15 - 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 "CRISPR: Going Small for Big Solutions"

Trevor Martin - CEO and co-founder, Mammoth Biosciences

Fireside chat "From bench to bedside: The role of start-ups in shaping the future of healthcare"

  • Eeva Salminen - Senior Director of Health & Consumer Business, Business Finland

  • Marcel Hofstetter - Scientific Officer, Innosuisse

Health and Pharma pitching competition

Finalists:

  • Chiara Fedele, L-Cell

  • Heidi Haikala, Solid-IO

  • Karolina Punovuori, Multivision Diagnostics

  • Petr Obraztsov, coldXray

Jurors:

  • Lutz-Peter Berg, Head of Science and Innovation (UK, Ireland, Nordics), Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

  • Markus Herrgård, Chief Technology Officer, BioInnovation Institute

  • Stefan Vlachos, Head of Health Works, AstraZeneca

Swissnex pitch

  • Özgür Genç, Translation_X

 
Student pitch

  • Rafeul Hasan, Aalto-Helsinki iGEM

13.15 - 13.30 - Networking break

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

13.30 - 14.30 - Food Systems session

 

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

Speeches and fireside chat "Science-based systemic solutions for food system transformation – the stories of Metabite and Volare"

  • Michael Quarshie - co-founder and CEO, Metabite

  • Tuure Parviainen - founder and CEO, Volare Solutions

Food Systems pitching competition

​Finalists:

  • Karoliina Iso-Kokkila, Acornia Greentech

  • Surendra Pradhan, Resource Pulling

  • Sara Ahlberg, Nuts about Nuts

  • Jussi Hildén, MyShroom

Jurors:

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

  • Lauri Reuter, Founder & Partner, Nordic Foodtech VC

  • Keith Bonnici, Investment Director, Tesi

14.30 - 14.45 - Networking break

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

14.45 - 15.45 - Forest and Environment session

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

  • Luana Dessbesell - assistant professor in sustainable bioproducts innovation, Aalto University

  • Ilona Leppänen - research scientist, VTT

New Materials pitching competition​
Host and moderator:
Patrik Hollos - Innovation Advisor at Aalto University
Finalists:

  • Annukka Raukko, CIRPA

  • Burak Yirmibesoglu, NPHarvest

  • Pauli Turunen, HyCom Core

  • Valentin Schwarz, Bubbles with Benefits

Jurors:

  • Nina Forsman, Research Scientist, Nordic Bioproducts Group Ltd

  • Elina Holkko, CFO, Lifeline Ventures

  • Hanna Hiidenmaa, Head of Healthcare, Materials&Strategy, Vertical

 

Student pitch

  • Ahmed Hadi, MIMIR Fellows

15.45 - 16.00 - Networking break

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

16.00 - 16.50 - Science to Business runway

Host and moderator: Andrea Dichlberger - Commercialsation Manager at Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd​

Pitches from the University of Helsinki commercialisation projects:

  • Jaan-Olle Andressoo, MammalExpress

  • Amanda Sandelin, KAJO Neurotechnologies

  • Askican Hacioglu, HydroXGel

  • Pirjo Laakkonen, Navigator

  • Thomas Holm, Co-Creation Radar

  • Tommi Mikkonen, SootSense

  • Margareta Brummer-Korvenkontio, ReCure

Panel discussion “The role of science-based innovations in boosting local economic growth”

  • Marja-Leena Rinkineva - Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki

  • Jouni Hirvonen - Vice-rector overseeing innovation and infrastructures, University of Helsinki

16.50 - 17.00 - Award ceremony and closing words

 

Health and Pharma pitching competition

Food Systems pitching competition

New Materials pitching competition

Closing words

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

17.00 - 18.00 - Networking snacks and drinks

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