Team iCombine selected as the winner of the Helsinki Challenge idea competition

The winner of the science-based idea competition Hel­sinki Chal­lenge was announced 24 November. The prize was di­vided between two teams. An international jury selected teams iCombine and HeatStock as the winners and both will receive a prize of 187 500 euros for implementing their solution.

Team iCombine is led by FIMM Group Leader Jing Tang. The team also includes several other researchers from FIMM: Tero Aittokallio, Evgeny Kulesskiy, Ashwini Kumar, Dimitrios Tsallos and Muntasir Mamun. The other team members, Samu Kurki, Emma Andersson, Olli Dufva and Mikko Keränen represent the Auria biobank (University of Turku & Turku University Hospital) and the Hematology Research Unit Helsinki (University of Helsinki & Helsinki University Central Hospital).

Team iCombine is working on a decision support system which will enable doctors to easily search for the best possible personalised treatment for each cancer patient. The iCombine solution would speed up the process of finding the most effective treatment and reduce the costs of drug treatment.

Warmest congratulations to the whole team!

Jing Tang receiving the price. Photo: Helsinki Challenge/Eino Ansio

We won! Photo: Helsinki Challenge/Eino Ansio

About the Helsinki Challenge:

The Helsinki Challenge is an idea competition that aims to find new science-based solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. The competition themes – people in change, a sustainable planet and urban future – link to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. The Helsinki Challenge was organised by ten Finnish universities.