Yesterday evening, the Futurena science team of the University of Oulu was voted straight into the final stage of Helsinki Challenge, the science-based idea competition. The idea of the 3D printed kidney by the Futurena team and their impressive pitch appealed to the audience more than any pitch of the other 19 semifinalists.
Only the winner of the semifinal in Helsinki made it straight to the final stage. The other six finalist teams will be selected by an international jury on 19 June. One of the teams fighting for a place in the final is the other team from Oulu, science team Myonit.
The Futurena team of the University of Oulu seeks to grow mini-kidneys from kidney cells, which can then be used, for example, in testing of medicine. It will also be possible to use mini-kidneys grown from the patient’s own cells to study what kind of medication is best for each patient. The ultimate goal of the team is to print and grow fully functional 3D kidneys from kidney cells for people who, for example, need an organ transplant.
Helsinki Challenge is an idea competition and accelerator program which started in January and ends in November 2017. In the competition, research groups work on science-based solutions to help the humankind reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Competing teams are aided by experts, decision makers, and representatives of industry and business. The winner will receive 375,000 Euros.
Helsinki Challenge is implemented as cooperation between Finnish universities, and it is part of Finland 100, the centenary of Finland’s independence. The competition is organized by the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Hanken Svenska Handelshögskolan, University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskylä, University of Oulu, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Vaasa, and Åbo Akademi University.
Last updated: 9.6.2017