Idea Garage - Personalised Medicine Solutions

When 13 June, 2015

Where Tartu, Estonia

  • Overview
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    The Idea Garage offers an opportunity to all those interested in personalised medicine to propose and validate new ideas on how personalised medicine can better solve medical and healthcare related problems. 

    The aim of the idea garage is to gather people with different backgrounds and skillsets to elaborate on innovative personalised medicine ideas in small teams.

    The focus of the event is to find new ideas in the field and validate them during the event with help of mentors.  No prototypes are built yet.

    So if, for example, medical experts know how personalised medicine could solve certain healthcare challenges, then IT experts have experience on how to build relevant software or hardware solutions and the business experts know what it takes to turn the idea into product or service. Thus, we are looking for participants with backgrounds in medicine and healthcare, ICT, natural sciences (chemistry and physics), marketers, and visionary entrepreneurs. Students, practitioners, scientists as well as anyone with an innovative idea related to personalised medicine are welcome.

    Why personalised medicine?

    Personalised medicine is a fast-growing field that focuses on the provision of customised healthcare services that are based on individual health, behavioural and genetic data. It is about tailoring medical treatment according to the specific characteristics, needs and preferences of each individual, guiding decisions in all stages from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. By shifting focus from a reactive approach to a preventive approach in healthcare, personalised medicine helps to predict disease susceptibility, improve disease detection, pre-empt disease progression, prescribe more effective drugs, eliminate trial-and-error inefficiencies and failures etc. As personalised medicine is closely connected to R&D new ideas need to be developed and validated in order to innovate the field.

    Estonian Government is preparing an ambitious Personalised Medicine Pilot Programme for years 2015-2018 aiming to put Estonia into the forefront of development of Personalised Medicine Applications. Read more about the programme HERE.

    About Registration

    All the registrations will be reviewed and once approved you can participate at the event.


    The Idea Garage is organized by Garage48 Foundation and Buildit Accelerator in cooperation with Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs.

    How will it look like?

    We’ll gather in the morning and split up into small groups. In these groups we will work on the following:

    • We identify what kind of a problem the idea solves.
    • We detail the solution.
    • We identify the target customers and the market.
    • We see if there is a sustainable (business) model for the solution.
    • We discuss what could be the scope of the initial prototype – is there anything what can be built during 48h hackathon.
    We will prepare a presentation and a small pitch to introduce the outcomes of the work to all participants. The best ideas presented will receive special awards from the Jury.


    10:00 – 10:30     Registration, welcome coffee and snacks 
    10:30 – 10:40    Opening remarks and introduction of the Estonian personalised medicine pilot project - Ain Aaviksoo, Vice-Chancellor of Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs 
    10:40 – 11:00     Introduction into the developments and perspectives of personalised medicine in Estonia and in the World - Prof. Sulev Kõks, Dr. Achim Orzechowski, Parscal Werner

    11:00 - 11:10 Introduction to the day - Priit Salumäe, Garage48

    11:10 - 12:10 Pitching of the selected ideas by idea owners

    12:10 - 12:30 Team formation,

    12:30 - 13:00 Introduction to the Value Proposition Methodology - Krists Avots, Garage 48

    13:00 - 14:00 First working session and lunch in teams 

    14:00 - 14:30 How to test value proposition & customer discovery - Krists Avots, Garage48

    14:30 - 15:00 Customer interviews/ Coffee Break

    15:00 - 16:30 Second working session and preparing for pitching 

    16:30 - 17:30 Pitch training

    17:30 - 18:30 Final pitching

    18:30 - 19:00 Jury deliberations and announcing the winners

    19:00 - Beer and Wine!



    The Mentors 

    Prof. Sulev Kõks
    Prof. of Pathological Physiology at the University of Tartu, Member of the Board at Sports Gene
    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Prof. Andres Metspalu
    Director of the Estonian Genome Center
    Rene Tõnnisson
    Co-founder and Member of Executive Board of Baltic Innovation Agency and Buildit Accelerator
    Tarmo Kivi
    Technology Entrepreneur and Investor
    Ain Aaviksoo
    Vice Chancellor for E-Services and Innovation at Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs
    Heidi Kakko
    Partner of BaltCap Growth Fund
    Prof. Jaak Vilo
    Head of Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu
    Erki Mölder
    Entrepreneur and Investor, Former CEO of Quattromed
    Krista Kruuv Käo
    Personalised Medicine Programme Manager at Competence Centre on Health Technologies
    Indrek Kask
    Health Technology Entrepreneur
    Achim Orzechowski
    COO at Adduct Analys AB, Former Director of AstraZeneca for External Collaborations
    Jaanus Pikani
    Chairman of Tartu Biotechnology Park
    Karin Hygge Blakeman
    Director for Business Development Neuroscience at QPS, former Team Leader at AstraZeneca
    Martin Pärn
    Professor of Strategic Design at Estonia Academy of Arts, CEO of Iseasi
    Eriks Jakobsons
    Head of Cell Transplantation Centre at Pauls Stradins University Hospital
    Henrik Matthies
    COO at Mimi Hearing Technologies
    Pascal Werner
    Co-Founder at Mimi Hearing Technologies
    Kaja Kuivjõgi
    HealtTech Coordinator at Estonian Development Fund
    Krists Avots
    Director of Business Development @ Lattelecom
    Prof. Aamir Shahzad
    President of European Society for Translational Medicine (EUSTM)
    Tarvo Tamm
    Head of Business Development of MotionChart
    Prof. Vallo Tillmann
    Professor of Paediatrics, Chairman of Tartu University Children’s Hospital


    This event is supported by European Regional Development Fund through Estonian Research Council and Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs