(EIT Health presentation) Merike is Innovation Manager at EIT Health
Scandinavia, the European Commission funded network that promotes innovation in
health sector and brings together stakeholders to implement
close-to-market-ideas into everyday healthcare via supporting its financial instruments.
She is also coordinator of program RABBIT (https://www.eithealth.eu/rabbit)
that stands for improving access of biobanks and quality registries to industry
and academia within EIT Health network. Merike Leego has extensive experience
in coordinating scientific research projects. She has held position of
Marketing Manager and Intellectual Property Manager in several biotech
companies in Estonia, and she also reads lecture on bio-entrepreneurship at University
Justin Hein (EIT Food presentation) is the coordinator for EIT Food Hub Estonia and a Marketing
Manager for BioCC OÜ. Working close to food research and promoting scientific
advances outside of Estonia is his main job. With EIT Food Hub Estonia Justin
is coordinating that all the ideas related to food from both students and
companies would be heard on a European level and so that they would have the
support they need to develop even further.
||Triin Kask (design thinking coach).
Triin is a co-founder
and ex-CEO of Nevercode, the SaaS startup that managed to earn the trust of
Google and successfully launch a product with them. Triin has been one of the
initiators of different entrepreneurship activities for students in Tartu, such
as BioWay, the society for entrepreneurial life science students. At the
Bioinnovation Day Triin is going to give you insights about design thinking and
how to focus on the problem, not the solution. This has been the core approach
of making critical strategic decisions at Nevercode.
||Harald Lepisk (moderator).
an international trainer who helps startups develop their business model and
communicate the value of their product. As the moderator of European and Arab
Innovation Academy and numerous startup programmes, Harald is able to navigate,
pinpoint and develop the critical elements of business ideas. Harald holds an
MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management.|
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Piret Hirv is the Head of Health Technology
Division and Connected Health Cluster Manager at Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol bringing together networks which allow companies to find suitable development partners and customers. Piret has graduated from TalTech MA programme specialising in healthcare technology. She has an earlier background in medicine as a nurse, also a degree in business management, communications and public relations. Piret also has numerous work experience starting from pharmaceutical industry and marketing, to being an advisor for e-services and innovation for the Ministry of Social Affairs.|
studied natural resources in University of Life Science and
graduated in communication management from the University of Tartu. He has worked
in the field of marketing & communications, has made salesman work,
organized different profit and non-profit projects. Now he is learning and
helping others mainly through business advisory services. Viljam is member of
Junior Chamber International Estonia (JCI), since 2011.
Karl Peebo is the EU
projects' manager in Graanul Biotech, a company turning residual woody biomass
into feedstock for biomaterials and biochemicals. Main tasks are coordinating
collaboration projects with industrial and public partners. Biotechnologist by training
with background in fermentation, genetic engineering and systems biology
Nemailla Bonturi is a researcher at the University of Tartu.
her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Campinas, Brazil, and
continued working as a Research Scientist at Braskem SA, a biotech company
producing green chemicals. Nemailla joined University of Tartu in 2016, where
as a staff scientist in a Synthetic Biology she is responsible for designing
microbial cell factories.
Kalevi Virta is the founder and the owner of the company eWELL Oy. The Company is offering consultancy services for public
organizations, companies and network organisations. Fields of expertise: eHealth and Innovations, TestBeds, International Health IT markets and networks; working with international organizations like HIMSS, European Connected Health and supporting the establishment of Nordic cooperation and networks
Chris Thompson is an entrepreneur and software engineer who has been
based in Estonia for the past 14 years. He is the founder of Neuroactive AI, a
startup which has developed a system for automated machine learning and
predictive analytics. He previously founded Speak Languages, a popular
language-learning website, which he still manages. His main professional
interests are machine learning, data visualisation, UX, and the performance
optimisation of web applications.
Liina Joller-Vahter is the founder of the
biotech company Power Algae. Their photobioreactors are designed for growing
microalgae in Nordic climate and further, the biomass is a valuable source for
food, feed, cosmetics, and other industries. Besides being an entrepreneur,
Liina is also lecturing the courses of bio-entrepreneurship and innovation
management at the University of Tartu.
Liina Vaher comes from Civitta, running international
projects BIOVOICES (mutual learning and sustainable solutions in bioeconomy),
BIOBRIDGES (value chain of bio products) and PROFUTURE (marketing micro-algae
based innovative food and feed component), contributing to the boost of
bioeconomy and bioproducts in international perspective. Liina supports
hackathon participants with knowledge and guiding in bioproduct value chain
building and sustainability.
Edgar Aronov is an Estonian entrepreneur with a
financial background. Currently Co-Founder of Guaana. Guaana, an Estonian
start-up founded in 2014, has developed a platform to run global challenges for
governments & organizations, and a cloud-based submission management
platform. Guaana is best known for running the MBR Space Settlement
Challenge, where over $540,000 worth of grants were distributed within a month
with participants from 176 universities based at 47 countries.
Strengths: Fundraising, idea validation, and
| || Liis Lutter graduated from Estonian University of Life Sciences from the
field of Food Technologies. After graduating she has been working in
the food industry in both product development and food production side.
At BioCC OÜ Liis is a Product Development Manager and additionally
teaches both microbiology and food product development to the students
of Estonian University of Life Sciences. |
Maldre is working at Elisa as a Start-up Team Lead.
She has an MBA from TalTech and extensive experience in retail. Her goal is to
offer products and services that clients will need tomorrow, not yesterday. Her
areas of expertise include idea validation, launching and marketing.
| ||Triin Junson is a
startup scouter who validates business ideas from all over the world, in order
to always find something new and engaging what to offer Elisa’s clients.
Besides creative and on-her-feet thinking abilities, she is very passionate
about sports and healthy lifestyle – sport has been a huge part of her life. In
addition, she has extensive knowledge about sport science and nutrition, and 2
years of experience working as a personal trainer.|