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New RDI environment launched in Helsinki

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The grand opening of Health Proof Helsinki was held on 5 October 2022 at the Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.

Health Proof Helsinki is a a new health sector test environment ecosystem for research, development and innovation (RDI) providing companies with a service chain from early product development towards clinical testing.

This is a collaborative project between the City of Helsinki, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and HUS Helsinki University Hospital. The services provided include health care and hospital environment research and testing services, as well as health technology product development verification and validation procedures in authentic and simulated environments. The cooperation partners of the project are members of the Health Capital Helsinki alliance. The project is financed by the City of Helsinki innovation fund.

The product development process of the company carrying out testing is verified and validated as a collaboration between ecosystem operators. The service provides companies in different phases with better conditions for RDI work, commercializing their solutions and internationalization with the networks of the ecosystem. “I believe that Health Proof Helsinki’s research and trial cooperation with the City’s Social Services and Health Care Division will help companies develop solutions that meet actual needs in health care and have even broader demand. The operations will further strengthen the City’s Testbed activities,” says Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development, the City of Helsinki.

“Utilizing the clinical know-how and health data of HUS will promote the development of both new solutions and companies in the health care sector. The services of Health Proof Helsinki also provide companies with opportunities to take part in other networks as well, such as the CleverHealth Network innovation ecosystem coordinated by HUS, in terms of testing and validating digital solutions based on health data,” says Visa Honkanen, Development Director, HUS.

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