The million euro prize money will be equally divided between three research projects. The projects are developing a method for treating age-related macular degeneration in the eye, commercialising laboratory products for cellular research and developing a quick test for monitoring water quality.
In May 2016, Tampere3 higher education institutions – Tampere University of Technology (TUT), the University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) launched the research innovation competition Powering up Tampere business by research and the commercialisation of the results. The competition was funded by the City of Tampere and it searched for research projects that would produce the greatest possible added value for commercial and industrial activities in Tampere.
Thirty-one applications fulfilling the criteria of the competition were submitted. The universities’ own panel chose nine project proposals for a shortlist from which a jury composed of business representatives chose the winners. The million euro prize was equally divided between three projects. The awarded projects are Photovision, SOLAB and TAM3WAT.
Innovation and novelty value were special criteria when the winners were chosen and so were the potential, market access schedule and the international applicability of the results. The most important aspect considered was the incentive the awarded projects would provide for new business and employment in Tampere.
“The level of the suggested projects was high so choosing the ones to be awarded was a challenge. The results from the awarded projects are expected to best meet the central goals of the competition, especially the effect they will have on business in Tampere,” said Harri Länsipuro, head of innovation services at Tampere University of Technology.
The awarded projects
The project is developing an advanced method for treating the dry form of age-related macular degeneration in the eye (AMD). The project is undertaken as a cooperation between the Research and Development Center for Ophthalmic Innovations (SILK) at UTA and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at TUT.
For more information, please contact: Professor Hannu Uusitalo (UTA) and Senior Research Fellow Antti Härkönen (TUT)
The project is commercialising various laboratory products for cellular research developed at BioMediTech, the joint institute of Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere.
For more information, please contact: Project Manager Juho Väisänen (UTA) and Professor Pasi Kallio (TUT)
The project is developing a testing platform using genome multiplication and a new generation sequencing method in order to provide one test for detecting all the microbes in a water sample. The quick tests will facilitate the microbiological monitoring of water. The project is being carried out by the construction engineering and environmental technology unit of TAMK, the research groups on international medicine, virology and anatomy at UTA and the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at TUT.
For more information, please contact: Senior Lecturer Eeva-Leena Viskari (TAMK), Postdoctoral Researcher Kirsi-Maarit Lehto (UTA) and University Teacher Marja Palmroth (TUT)
The internal panel of the higher education institutions
Vice President for Education and RDI Marja Sutela TAMK
Professor Pertti Haapala UTA
Vice President for Research Ulla Ruotsalainen TUT
Research Director Perttu Heino TAMK
Head of Research Development Markku Ihonen UTA
Head of Innovation Services Harri Länsipuro TUT
The panel of business representatives
Director Kari Kankaala City of Tampere
CEO Juha Sarsama Panostaja Ltd.
Director Peer Haataja Tampere Chamber of Commerce
Director Jukka Matikainen New Factory Innovation Center
Senior Advisor Jouko Salo Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Secretary: Harri Länsipuro TUT