FLYER — Deve­lop­ment of a medical device tes­ting ser­vice as a col­la­bo­ra­tion between eco­sys­tems

Health tech­no­lo­gy forms a sig­ni­ficant industry, which is a growing high-tech export sec­tor. The impor­tance of health tech­no­lo­gy inc­rea­ses as citizens age and the birth rate dec­rea­ses, lea­ding to des­pe­ra­te need for user-friend­ly health tech­no­lo­gy solu­tions to pro­vi­de bet­ter treat­ment for cus­to­mers, help for pro­fes­sio­nals and pro­duc­ti­vi­ty for healthca­re. In health care, patients will be inc­rea­singly moni­to­red at home with wea­rable wire­less devices, which are made pos­sible by using prin­ted elect­ro­nics, but the chal­len­ge for the growth of the com­pa­nies in the field is e.g. get­ting feed­back from doc­tors and patients at dif­fe­rent sta­ges of the pro­duct deve­lop­ment cycle and the lack of exten­si­ve deve­lop­ment and inno­va­tion envi­ron­ments that sup­port all aspects of pro­ducts (hardwa­re, softwa­re, con­nec­ti­vi­ty) at dif­fe­rent sta­ges of pro­duct deve­lop­ment.

Nort­hern Ostro­both­nia has excel­lent con­di­tions to res­pond to this chal­len­ge with the coo­pe­ra­tion of the Oulu region’s eco­sys­tems — Oulu­Health, Radio­Park and Prin­toCent. The region’s high level of exper­ti­se in various areas of digi­tal health tech­no­lo­gy and unique research, deve­lop­ment and manu­fac­tu­ring envi­ron­ments crea­te a strong foun­da­tion on which to build inter­na­tio­nal and socie­ty-renewing inno­va­tion and new busi­ness. The Oulu region alrea­dy has strong tech­no­lo­gy know-how and deve­lop­ment and tes­ting envi­ron­ment ser­vices that sup­port digi­tal health tech­no­lo­gy applica­tions such as the Oulu­Health eco­sys­tem, and wire­less con­nec­ti­vi­ty such as the Radio­Park eco­sys­tem. Oulu also has a unique Prin­ted Intel­li­gence clus­ter, Prin­toCent, which has strong exper­ti­se in the deve­lop­ment, tes­ting and manu­fac­tu­ring of health tech­no­lo­gy pro­ducts using prin­ted elect­ro­nics. By strengt­he­ning the coo­pe­ra­tion of the afo­re­men­tio­ned eco­sys­tems and deve­lo­ping e.g. the OYSTER refe­rence cen­ter to also cover the testing/validation of the phy­sical device (hardwa­re), tes­ting of health tech­no­lo­gy pro­ducts in all main areas (hardwa­re, softwa­re and wire­less con­nec­ti­vi­ty (5G/6G)) can be pro­vi­ded by the region.

The aim of the pro­ject is to strengt­hen the region’s role as an att­rac­ti­ve cen­ter for research, deve­lop­ment, tes­ting and manu­fac­tu­ring of health tech­no­lo­gy pro­ducts, as well as the con­nec­tion of ope­ra­tors to inter­na­tio­nal networks and value chains. The main goals of the pro­ject are:

1) Defi­ne a refe­rence ser­vice model for the phy­sical device tes­ting ser­vice of health tech­no­lo­gy pro­ducts to sup­port the pro­duct deve­lop­ment of com­pa­nies.

2) A conc­re­te health tech­no­lo­gy demo is pre­pa­red — the deve­lop­ment process imi­ta­tes the sta­ges of the com­pa­nies’ pro­duct deve­lop­ment and iden­ti­fies the needs of the dif­fe­rent sta­ges for the tes­ting ser­vice. The afo­re­men­tio­ned refe­rence ser­vice model will be crea­ted against the iden­ti­fied needs.

3) Expand and strengt­hen coo­pe­ra­tion between regio­nal eco­sys­tems (Oulu­Health, Radio­Park, Prin­toCent) and actors through coo­pe­ra­tion events (e.g. clus­ter mee­tings, com­pa­ny visits, semi­nars)

4) Inc­rea­se the visi­bi­li­ty of Oulu as a lea­ding eco­sys­tem of health tech­no­lo­gy and prin­ted intel­li­gence by giving pre­sen­ta­tions at natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal network events and con­fe­rences, acti­va­te new com­pa­nies in coo­pe­ra­tion and crea­te temp­ting invest­ment pos­si­bi­li­ties in the area through coo­pe­ra­tion events and visits.

The pro­ject strengt­hens the region’s role as a part of the inter­na­tio­nal value chain of health tech­no­lo­gy pro­ducts, especial­ly as a strong research, deve­lop­ment, tes­ting, and manu­fac­tu­ring clus­ter. This crea­tes the con­di­tions to gene­ra­te new busi­ness — both for tes­ting, deve­lop­ment and manu­fac­tu­ring ser­vices and the com­pa­nies that offer them — crea­ting new players, which strengt­hens the region’s vita­li­ty.

Pro­ject part­ners:

VTT and Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu

Pro­ject dura­tion:

01.03.2024–28.2.2026

Pro­ject bud­get:

678 745 €

More infor­ma­tion:

Tee­mu Ala­jo­ki, Research Team Lea­der, VTT
+358 40 745 4058
teemu.alajoki@vtt.fi