“A really great program that has enabled several important contacts for our company and helped to grow as a entrepreneur.” Harri, Sartar Therapeutics
“Surgify received highly important expert advice and international networks from the SPARK Finland -program. This is the place-to-be for a starting medtech entrepreneur!”


SPARKees – our teams

See alumni teams
Batch: Fall 2023
KAJO Neurotechnologies

Batch: Fall 2023

Developing pathophysiologically relevant in vitro models for human neurodegenerative disorders for drug discovery

Contact person: Joel Noutere


Batch: Fall 2023

A novel, non-invasive approach for cancer screening and diagnosis

Contact person: Andrew Erickson


    Batch: Fall 2023

    Timely diagnostics of developmental conditions with eye tracking

    Contact person: Anna Ptukha


      Batch: Fall 2023

      Developing and new tumour-specific agent designed to diagnose and treat metastatic brain tumours.

      Contact person: Pirjo Laakkonen


        Batch: Fall 2023

        Accelerating preclinical epilepsy drug development with brain-on-chip

        Contact person: Susanna Narkilahti


        Batch: Fall 2023

        Cancer immunotherapy testing on a chip

        Contact person: Heidi Haikala

          Batch: Spring 2023
          MIOR Immunotherapy

          Batch: Spring 2023

          Developing new immunotherapies for cancer

          Contact person: Carlos Rogerio Figueiredo


            Batch: Spring 2023

            Immunoliposomes to detect rupture prone intracranial aneurysms

            Contact person: Behnam Rezai Jahromi


              Batch: Spring 2023

              Non-invasive method to diagnose intestinal diseases

              Contact person: Lauri Polari

                Avec D

                Batch: Spring 2023

                Intra-articular calcipotriol for treatment of (osteo)arthritis

                Contact person: Johanna Huhtakangas

                  Daring Birth DTX

                  Batch: Spring 2023

                  Digital therapeutics treatment for fear of childbirth

                  Contact person: Annika Järvelin


                  Batch: Spring 2023

                  DNA Nanoswitches-enabled Visual Colorimetric Diagnostics

                  Contact person: Jacky Loo


                    Batch: Spring 2023

                    Next-generation bioinks for 3D bioprinting living tissues and organs

                    Contact person: Anni Mörö


                      Batch: Spring 2023

                      Improved early-stage cancer detection and sensitive disease monitoring

                      Contact person: Pyry Helkkula


                        Batch: Spring 2023

                        Early intervention for hearing health

                        Contact person: Tanja Tervonen


                          Batch: Spring 2023

                          Novel method for optimized and personalized labor induction care

                          Contact person: Hanna Castrén-Niemi

                          Batch: Fall 2022

                          Batch: Fall 2022

                          A smart optical sensor for arthroscopic surgery

                          Contact person: Isaac Afara


                          Batch: Fall 2022

                          Graphene based dry electrodes for biometric measurements

                          Contact person: Teemu Ruotsalainen


                          Batch: Fall 2022

                          Protein production optimization

                          Contact person: Rashad Ismayilzada


                          Batch: Fall 2022

                          Novel biomarker and early drug intervention for Alzheimer's disease

                          Spin-out to R2therapies Oy

                          Contact person: Ilkka Fagerlund


                            Batch: Fall 2022

                            Image-guided surgery without Instruments.

                            Contact person: Paavo Vartiainen

                            3D CelluGel

                            Batch: Fall 2022

                            A Novel Cell Growth Matrix by 3D Printing of Biopolymers

                            Contact person: Chunlin Xu

                            Batch: Spring 2022

                            Batch: Spring 2022

                            Digital hearing diagnostics

                            Contact person: Aarno Dietz


                              Batch: Spring 2022

                              Light- reconfigurable substrate for cell cultures

                              Contact person: Arri Priimägi


                              Batch: Spring 2022

                              Mental health platform and services

                              Spin-out to Brightlife Oy

                              Contact person: Eero Haikonen


                              Batch: Spring 2022

                              Delivery of encapsulated mitochondria as novel pharmaceutical solution

                              Contact person: Hongbo Zhang

                              Multivision Diagnostics

                              Batch: Spring 2022

                              Automated and scalable tool for precision diagnosis and personalized treatment

                              Contact person: Karolina Punovuori

                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              AI for the detection of heart transplant rejection

                              Contact person: Juha Peltonen


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Novel method for diagnosing respiratory suppression

                              Contact person: Antti Vehkaoja


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Non-invasive solution to support rehabilitation from AUD.

                              Got into SmiLe Incubator (Lund, SWE).

                              Contact person: Jukka Planman


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Diaper embedded biosensor platform, that screens abnormal clinical conditions

                              Contact person: Oguz Tanzer


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Prevention of pressure ulcers

                              Contact person: Nuno Nobre


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              Viability analysis of organ transplants, and neuronal and cardiac implants

                              Contact person: Jarno Tanskanen


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              MechScopy provides mechanical microscopy with the goal of making cancer 3D cell cultures reproducible and physiological.

                              Contact person: Juho Pokki


                              Batch: Fall 2021

                              How to make vaccines thermostable

                              Contact person: Manlio Fusciello

                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              Rapid diagnostics of human picornaviruses based on viral proteases

                              Contact person: Petri Susi


                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              Novel method for histology

                              Contact person: Ilkka Paatero


                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              mTMS – multilocus transcranial magnetic stimulation

                              Contact person: Kicic Dubravko


                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              Personalized prediction of the risk for aortic dilatation and rupture

                              Contact person: Marja Hedman


                              Batch: Spring 2021

                              Poly(jasmine lactone): A Versatile Platform for Drug Delivery

                              Contact person: Kuldeep Bansal

                              Batch: 2020

                              Batch: 2020

                              Method for objective assessment of infant motor development.

                              Contact person: Sampsa Vanhatalo


                              Batch: 2020

                              Tissue specific therapy for skin diseases

                              Contact person: Tero Järvinen


                              Batch: 2020

                              Functional brain imaging reshaped

                              Contact person: Marko Havu


                              Batch: 2020

                              Functional insight into hypercholesterolemia patients.

                              Contact person: Simon Pfisterer


                              Alumni: 2018
                              Team Scheperjans

                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Microbiome therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
                              IP turned into NeuroBiome Oy that has contract with a large company

                              Contact person: Filip Scheperjans


                              Batch: Fall 2017

                              Tissue analysis for breast cancer surgery.
                              Spin out to Olfactomics Oy

                              Contact person: Antti Roine


                              Batch: Pilot 2016 / Spring 2017

                              Nano structure for bioimaging.
                              Spin-out to XFold Imaging Oy

                              Contact person: Timo Jäntti


                              Batch: Pilot 2016 / Spring 2017

                              Caries and infection prevention and treatment.

                              Spin-out to Koite Health Oy

                              Contact person: Tommi Pätilä


                              Batch: Pilot 2016 / Spring 2017

                              Safety mechanism for surgical drills.

                              Spin-out to Surgify Medical Oy

                              Contact person: Visa Sippola

                              Alumni: 2019
                              Liquid Biopsy Solutions

                              Batch: Fall 2018

                              Laboratory and computational method for liquid biopsies.
                              Spin-out to Genomill Health Oy

                              Contact person: Manu Tamminen

                              PPI Modulators

                              Batch: Fall 2018

                              Rational discovery of protein-protein interaction modulators.

                              Spin-out to Aurlide Oy

                              Contact person: Olli Pentikäinen


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Light controlled protein production.
                              An alumni due Project Manager got recruited to Bayer.

                              Contact person: Jari Rossi


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Extra cellular vesicle solution for bleeding disorders.
                              An alumni due Project Manager got recruited to Mayo Clinic (USA).

                              Contact person: Mayank Saraswat


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Novel single cell omics methods.
                              Spin-out to Scellex Oy

                              Contact person: Päivi Saavalainen


                              Batch: Fall 2017

                              Laser solution for eye treatment.

                              Became a development case for industry.

                              Contact person: Jukka Viheriälä

                              SMART PD

                              Batch: Spring 2017

                              Peritoneal diagnostics for dialysis patients.
                              Spin-out to Smart PD Solutions Oy

                              Contact person: Pirgit Silvast-Äikäs


                              Batch: Pilot 2016 / Spring 2017

                              Cancer drug for GIST.
                              Spin out to Sartar Therapeutics Oy

                              Contact person: Harri Sihto

                              Alumni: 2020

                              Batch: 2019

                              Vertigo diagnostics for primary care.

                              Got remarkable funding for another project.

                              Contact person: Tuomas Hyytiä


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Method for extra-cellular vesicle isolation.
                              Spin-out under establishment

                              Contact person: Maija Puhka


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Method to monitor the oxygenation of myocardial tissue.
                              Spin-out to SpectroCor Oy

                              Contact person: Kalle Kotilahti


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Novel heat treatment for age related macular degeneration.
                              Spin-out to Maculaser Oy

                              Contact person: Jani Tirronen

                              TB Biofilm

                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Mycobacterial biofilms as anti-tuberculosis drug targets.
                              Became a cornerstone of an extensive multinational research program.

                              Contact person: Mataleena Parikka


                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Light-activated antimicrobial surfaces and materials.
                              IP acquired by Plasmonics Oy

                              Contact person: Alexandre Efimov


                              Batch: Fall 2017

                              Toxicity test for heart cells.

                              Solution in use at FHAIVE, a reference toxicity laboratory for EURL ECVAM.

                              Contact person: Tuula Heinonen

                              Ocular Surface Precision Panel

                              Batch: Spring 2017

                              Ocular biomarker panel and analysis.
                              Project manager got recruited to another project.

                              Contact person: Ulla Aapola

                              GreenSeq/ Seqnom

                              Batch: Spring 2017

                              Microbiological Analyses on (Blue) Bio- and Circular Economies.
                              Spin-out to GreenSeq Oy

                              Contact person: Kirsi-Maarit Lehto

                              Alumni: 2021

                              Batch: 2020

                              Cardiac Micrograft Therapy™ for treating Ischhemic Scars and Heart Failure.

                              Spin-out to EpiHeart Oy.

                              Contact person: Kai Kronström


                              Batch: 2020

                              Long-term oral drug delivery.

                              Alumni due Prof. Helder Santos got recruited as Head of Biomedical Engineering at UMCG (Groningen, NED).

                              Contact person:


                              Batch: 2020

                              Natural medication for human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated warts.

                              Spin-out to Anison Therapeutics Oy

                              Contact person: Preethy Paul

                              Algoa Progress

                              Batch: 2020

                              Personalized treatment planning of osteoarthritis.

                              Spin-out to MSK Technologies Oy.

                              Contact person: Joona Kemppainen


                              Batch: 2019

                              Novel treatment for limbal epithelial stem cell deficiency.

                              Spin-out to StemSight Oy

                              Contact person: Laura Koivusalo


                              Batch: 2019

                              Topographically tuned and sustainable surfaces for biological applications.

                              Potential licensing case. Project manager got recruited as Innovation Manager at UTU.

                              Contact person: Erik Niemelä

                              Team Scheperjans

                              Batch: Spring 2018

                              Microbiome diagnostics for Parkinson’s disease.
                              IP turned to NeuroBiome Oy that has joint development and licensing agreement.

                              Contact person: Filip Scheperjans


                              Batch: Fall 2017

                              AI solution for toxicity testing.

                              Solution in use at FHAIVE, a reference toxicity laboratory for EURL ECVAM.

                              Contact person: Dario Greco

                              Alumni: 2022

                              Batch: 2020

                              Smart heart monitoring.

                              Spin-out to Sonai Health Oy.

                              Contact person: Arto Kotimaa


                              Batch: 2020

                              Accurate correction for QT interval ‒ the most important cardiac risk measure.
                              Spin-out/ licensing under development.

                              Contact person: Esa Räsänen

                              Solving the Mesh

                              Batch: 2020

                              Implantable support to treat pelvic organ prolapse.
                              Spin-out to Lignum Medical Oy

                              Contact person: Eija Raussi-Lehto


                              Batch: 2020

                              Indoor air diagnostics with fluorescent C. elegans nematodes.

                              Lead to a co-research project.

                              Contact person: Päivi Koskinen


                              Batch: 2019

                              Therapeutics for antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

                              Spin-out to Arivin Therapeutics Oy, was accepted to INCATE Incubator.

                              Contact person: Christopher Jonkergouw


                              Batch: 2019

                              Distal radius fractures artificial intelligence diagnostic tool.
                              Preparations for a startup in progress.

                              Contact person: Jorma Ryhänen


                              Batch: 2019

                              Ultrasound solution for cancer biopsies
                              Spin-out/licensing under development.

                              Contact person: Jouni Rantanen


                              Batch: 2019

                              Simple droplet devices for biomedicine, diagnostics and pharma.
                              Got continuing development funding.

                              Contact person: Päivi Saavalainen


                              Batch: 2019

                              Diagnostic test for vitamin B3 metabolism deficiency.

                              Spin-out to NADMED Oy

                              Contact person: Liliya Euro

                              PARKS – Parkinson’s Biomarker Test

                              Batch: Fall 2018

                              Parkinson’s signature biomarker assay.
                              Ongoing large validation study with Michael J Fox Foundation funding.

                              Contact person: Eleanor Coffey

                              Alumni: 2023
                              Integrated Secretion Solutions

                              Batch: 2020

                              Platform for optimized production of biotechnological proteins

                              Spin-out to a startup in the U.S. and Finland. Stay tuned.

                              Contact person: Ville Paavilainen