“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

Batch: Fall 2022

Batch: Fall 2022

A smart optical sensor for arthroscopic surgery

Contact person: Isaac Afara


Batch: Fall 2022

Contact person: Teemu Ruotsalainen

    Mammal Express

    Batch: Fall 2022

    New method for protein production

    Contact person: Rashad Ismayilzada


      Batch: Fall 2022

      Novel biomarker and early drug intervention for Alzheimer's disease

      Contact person: Ilkka Fagerlund


        Batch: Fall 2022

        Image-guided surgery without Instruments.

        Contact person: Paavo Vartiainen

        Batch: Spring 2022
        Omakuulo – digital hearing diagnostics

        Batch: Spring 2022

        Contact person: Aarno Dietz


          Batch: Spring 2022

          Light- reconfigurable substrate for cell cultures

          Contact person: Arri Priimägi


          Batch: Spring 2022

          Mental health services

          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 computational tool for precision cancer diagnosis and personalized treatment selection

          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

          Improving patient safety by monitoring: novel method for diagnosing respiratory suppression

          Contact person: Antti Vehkaoja


          Batch: Fall 2021

          Non-invasive and non-pharmacological solution to support rehabilitation from AUD

          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

            In vitro diagnostic test that predicts which patients will benefit from immunotherapy

            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

                  Mathematic algorithm for personalized prediction of the risk for aortic dilatation and rupture

                  Contact person: Marja Hedman


                  Batch: Spring 2021

                  Detection of Corrosion from Stainless Steel Implements.

                  Contact person: Juho Lehmusto


                  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

                  Integrated Secretion Solutions

                  Batch: 2020

                  Platform for optimized production of biotechnological proteins

                  Contact person: Ville Paavilainen


                  Batch: 2020

                  Cognitive assessment in virtual reality

                  Contact person: Susanna Stjerna


                  Batch: 2020

                  Quantifying Epilepsy

                  Contact person: Veikko Jousmäki


                  Batch: 2020

                  Functional brain imaging reshaped

                  Contact person: Marko Havu

                  3D CelluGel

                  Batch: 2020

                  A Novel Cell Growth Matrix by 3D Printing of Biopolymers

                  Contact person: Chunlin Xu


                  Batch: 2020

                  Functional insight into hypercholesterolemia patients (former HyperFunc project).

                  Contact person: Simon Pfisterer


                  Alumni: 2018
                  Team Scheperjans

                  Batch: Spring 2018

                  Microbiome based 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

                  Dialysis team

                  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

                  High-quality vertigo diagnostics for primary care physicians.
                  Alumni due got a 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 (FIN, AUS, U.S., ZA...)

                  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 (FICAM based stem cell model).

                  Became a new solution for toxicity testing for FICAM.

                  Contact person: Tuula Heinonen

                  Ocular Surface Precision Panel

                  Batch: Spring 2017

                  Ocular biomarker panel and analysis.
                  Spin-out under establishment

                  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 Algoa Progress.

                  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.

                  Alumni due project manager got recruited as Innovation Manager at University of Turku.

                  Contact person: Erik Niemelä

                  Team Scheperjans

                  Batch: Spring 2018

                  Microbiome based 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 pilot use in industry.

                  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.

                  Contact person: Esa Räsänen

                  Solving the Mesh

                  Batch: 2020

                  Implantable mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse

                  Contact person: Jani Kuula


                  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.

                  VIRI became Arivin Therapeutics and was accepted to German/Swiss 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, new things emerging with MJFF funding.

                  Contact person: Eleanor Coffey