Innovation and corporate collaboration
HiLIFE  Innovation and Partnership program promotes cooperation with other research centers, key stakeholders and industry.

Ongoing collaborations include a number of big pharma companies, startups and joint projects within the Horizon 2020 and Innovative Medicines Initiative Program carried out by HiLIFE operative units in their focus areas (biotechnology, structural biology, molecular medicine, neuroscience).

HiLIFE also supports early stage innovations through  proof-of-concept grants (programme launch in 2017). These HiPOC grants are aimed to accelerate commercialization of research findings and development of novel technologies within life sciences at three stages: i) pre-invention disclosure; ii) pre-patent; iii) improving filed patent application. HiPOC fills the gap between early stage research findings and getting external funding for inventions and innovations. 

Together with the  Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, as well as Luomus HiLIFE maintains a  Life Science Stakeholder Program (HiStakes). HiStakes supports and utilizes ongoing pilots and prior experience of life science units to develop a program that involves researchers throughout life sciences. Outcomes of the  HiStakes program includes SLUSH Y SCIENCE. This is an extension of the globally renown SLUSH startup event and provides a novel platform for  interactions between scientists, companies and investors. HiLIFE is also involved in several innovation activities organized in collaboration with the local and international life science innovation ecosystem.

Y SCIENCE, AN OFFICIAL SIDE EVENT OF SLUSH

Since 2017, HiLIFE has been partnering with Slush to organize Y Science, an official side event focused on life science innovation. Every year, Y Science gathers the international life science community within Slush to foster connections between academia and industry, promote science-based business, and encourage scientists to embrace a different way of thinking about impact. For more information on the Y Science event, you can check its official website or write to hilife-y-science@helsinki.fi.

COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER LIFE SCIENCE INNOVATION EVENTS

Health Talks Health

Talks is an event series covering a variety of contemporary as well as future topics relevant to innovative health and life science entrepreneurship. Health Talks are coordinated by Terkko Health Hub and organized in collaboration with a network of life science organizations across Finland, including HiLIFE.

Biotech Week

Since 2021, HiLIFE has collaborated with other local biotech organizations to create events during the European Biotech Week, which takes place yearly during the last week of September.

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL LIFE SCIENCE INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

HiLIFE directly invests in the Helsinki life science innovation ecosystem by supporting Terkko Health Hub and Health Capital Helsinki.

HIPOC GRANTS

HiLIFE has supported early-stage innovations through proof-of-concept grants (programme launch in 2017). These HiPOC grants aimed to accelerate commercialization of research findings and development of novel technologies within life sciences at three stages: i) pre-invention disclosure; ii) pre-patent; iii) improving filed patent application. Through 7 calls and over 1 million euros in funding, HiPOC supported the translation of 33 projects from early-stage research findings into inventions and innovations

Contacts

For inquiries on the innovation activities organized by HiLIFE, please contact Chiara Facciotto chiara.facciotto@helsinki.fi