Event Series on Health, Life Sciences & Entrepreneurship

The Concept

Health Talks is an events series focusing on health, life sciences and entrepreneurship. It is organized together by Aalto University, Health Design, Kuopio Health, OuluHealth, Terkko Health Hub and Upgraded – Health Startup Association of Finland.

Health Talks covers a variety of contemporary as well as future topics relevant to innovative health and life science entrepreneurship. With the event series we invite different professionals and experts to share their knowledge and wisdom with everyone who’s interested in the topics.

Artificial Intelligence and Health: Pros, Cons, Impacts?

December 3rd at 10:00-11:00

Artificial intelligence-based applications can bring a number of benefits to the health sector. They can streamline processes, speed up clinical decision-making, lighten staff workloads, and bring efficiency and accuracy to diagnosis. But what ethical issues do we run into when a machine replaces a human? And how can we measure the effectiveness of artificial intelligence-based applications and their benefits? These questions will be tacked in this upcoming Health Talk with our guest speakers: Antti Väänänen (CEO at Vireum), Janne Parkkila (CEO at Orkestr.io Oy) and Erkki Soini (CEO at ESiOR Oy).

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Previous Health Talks

Safe Design in Health Technology

October 29th 13:00-14:00

This Health Talk is focused on minimizing risks associated with potential use-errors. Although regulatory requirements and guidance have been enhanced to minimize design induced errors, they are still too general to provide any real assistance on risk management, verification design, models or practices. These problems will be discussed during this Health Talk with Satu Peltonen from InXso, whose experience is focused on the method development and optimization of biomedical products like drug delivery devices, implantable devices and diagnostic devices to ensure their safety for patients and healthcare professionals alike.

Shareholder agreements

January 18th 2020

The first Health Talk of 2020 tackled the topic of Shareholder Agreements for health tech and life science startups. To introduce different viewpoints to the topic a selection of experts was gathered: Maria Storey and Juuso Turtiainen form Lexia attorneys shared insights about the importance of a good Shareholders Agreement and the most common pitfalls that startups step into. Kari Sinivuori from Uute Scientific covered the startups point of view on the matter, and Jussi Sainiemi from Voima Ventures shed light from the investors perspective.

Sustainable and Smart Health

December 9th 2019

With the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands we gathered interested people to learn about advanced technologies with improved environmental performance and sustainability in healthcare. The Netherlands have taken huge steps towards smarter healthcare solutions as well as the Nordics. Speakers for this Health Talk included Robert Metzke from Philips and two Finnish health startups – Resistomap and Megical.

International Regulations

November 18th 2019

The restricting factors in the marketing process are the ever so complex regulations monitoring healthtech markets. In this November Health Talk, experts from Lean Entries, Clinipower, Clinius, GE, Kasve and Planmed shared their know-how on getting Finnish healthtech products into the markets both in and out of Europe. The topics were processed in a panel discussion and the participants got to ask questions during the talks.

Healthy Food Innovations

October 24th 2019

The Health Talk of October dived into the growing field of foodtech & health. Speakers were Saarikko form Founder Institute Finland, Mika Kukkurainen from Nordic FoodTech VC as well as Miikka Kiiski and Kyösti Pennanen from crEATe – an innovation ecosystem orchestrated by VTT, Fazer and IBM. In addition to interesting presentations from three different experts, we spared some time for networking.