11/12/2015

Team Finland

Growth-driven finnish SMEs present their innovations at MEDICA

Team Finland Health
Press release, November 9th, 2015

Team Finland will attend the MEDICA fair in Düsseldorf together with over dozen startups and SMEs representing the Finnish healthcare sector.

– At MEDICA, the Finnish team consists of sixteen interesting startups and SMEs that have proved their business concept and want to take the next step on the road to internationalization. The companies provide solutions for healthcare professionals for safer and more efficient healthcare, says Heidi Pekkala, Program Manager, Team Finland Health.

– The companies at our stand represent the wide spectrum of Finnish health sector know-how from medical technology to software and services. They provide solutions, for example, for patient security, air decontamination and laboratory automation, Pekkala says.

Team Finland’s stand is located in hall 16/E57. Companies present at the stand are 9Solutions, Carital Group, Chasswheel, FastROI, Genano, Ginolis, Innokas Medical, Medanets, Modz, Novocam Medical Innovations, Optomeditech, Physiofile, PTStudio, Sooma, Specim and Spektikor. More information about the companies can be found at our Team Finland brochure: http://www.slideshare.net/FinproRy/team-finland-health-medica-brochure.

Finnish health innovations are strongly present in Düsseldorf: In total, there are almost 50 Finnish companies taking part in the MEDICA and COMPAMED fair.

One of the few countries that export more medical technology than they import.

Health sector know-how has become one of the key strengths in Finland, where research, education and an extensive public healthcare system have for decades formed the backbone of the society. For the past years Finland’s health technology exports have grown double rate compared to the global growth rate. Health technology already covers almost half of all Finland’s high-tech exports and the country is actually one of the few that export more medical technology than they import.

– Finland has long experience in information and communications technology and many ICT professionals have found a way to combine their digital and mobile knowledge with health technology. Today, we have a booming start-up sector especially in digital health, where the multidisciplinary innovations are aiming to improve people’s health, Heidi Pekkala says.

Aiming for #1 spot in digital health

The digitalization of health solutions provides numerous new possibilities for personalized health and medicine. An unforeseen buzz in the Finnish start-up sector has generated over 250 start-ups aiming to create a healthier future for us all. One of Finland’s objectives is to turn the country into a research and test platform for personalized health. The new Biobank Act, which came into force in 2013, created the best possible environment for biobanks that offer scientists an easy access to large tissue sample collections. Matching electronic health records with other databases by using personal ID numbers provides huge potential for the health industry.

Heidi Pekkala believes that Finland offers significant business and research potential for health sector companies:
– For medical scientists this means possibilities to utilize Finland’s homogenous gene pool to find meaningful genetic variations. Medical technology companies can participate in the challenge by providing real-life data to be matched with other records or to create innovations based on research results.

Contact

Mrs. Heidi Pekkala, Program Manager, Team Finland Health
heidi.pekkala@finpro.fi, mobile +358 46 9235597

Team Finland’s stand, hall 16/E57. MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf 16–19 November 2015.

Team Finland Health

Team Finland Health is a joint public sector growth program that facilitates the internationalization and exporting efforts of Finnish health care companies and attracts investments into Finland. The goals are to create growth for Finland and make the country’s health sector well-known for its research, innovations and new businesses.

The program provides a common platform and methods for efficient marketing co-operation for all actors in the Finnish health care industry and serves as a forum for dialogue and collaboration between the public and private sectors. It supports and cooperates with all national health care initiatives.