Record-breaking number of inventions in 2017

The University of Helsinki produced a total of 108 inventions in 2017, a new record. Viikki Campus was the University’s innovation leader, with 43 inventions. Kumpula was a close second, with 38 inventions. Meilahti Campus produced 22 inventions and the City Centre Campus, five.

Researchers announce any inventions they make to Helsinki Innovation Services (HIS) with the invention disclosure form. The invention disclosure is the first step in commercialising research.

Once Helsinki Innovation Services receives the disclosure, its experts determine whether the invention is commercially interesting and patentable. If they find the invention to be viable, they launch the commercialisation process, which can lead to the licensing of the invention or the establishment of a spin-out company.

“The commercialisation of innovations is on the rise at the University of Helsinki. The goal is for the inventions to benefit humanity at large. Commercialisation can also increase the impact and significance of research results. This is particularly useful when applying for international research funding,” says Sara Kangaspeska, who is in charge of the innovation process at HIS.

Invention disclosures 2013-2017 

Team producing the 100th invention received a prize

The 100th invention of 2017 was made on the Kumpula Campus. Its creators were researchers Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Alistair King, Jussi Helminen, Gabriel Partl, Paulus Hyväri and Eva Gazagnaire. The team received champagne and flowers.

We wish the members of the winning team every success - and the same to all of the University’s innovators!

Read more about the benefits of commercialisation.

Pictured from top left: Jari Strandman, Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Gabriel Partl, Alistair King

Bottom row: Pia Sundell, Sara Kangaspeska, Pia Kostiainen, Eva Gazagnaire, Jussi Helminen, Paulus Hyväri