Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Helsinki varsity makes 108 inventions in 2017

25 Jan 2018, 01:06 ( 25 Jan, 2018) | updated: 25 Jan 2018, 10:04 ( 25 Jan, 2018)

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Pictured from top left: Jari Strandman, Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Gabriel Partl, Alistair King Bottom row: Pia Sundell, Sara Kangaspeska, Pia Kostiainen, Eva Gazagnaire, Jussi Helminen, Paulus Hyväri. Press Release Photo.

The University of Helsinki produced a total of 108 inventions in 2017, said a press release.

The Viikki Campus was the university’s innovation leader, with 43 inventions. Kumpula was a close second with 38 inventions. The Meilahti Campus produced 22 inventions and the City Centre Campus five.

Researchers announce any inventions they make to Helsinki Innovation Services (HIS) with the invention disclosure form. The invention disclosure is the first step in commercialising research.

Once Helsinki Innovation Services receives the disclosure, its experts determine whether the invention is commercially interesting and patentable. If they find the invention to be viable, they launch the commercialisation process, which can lead to the licensing of the invention or the establishment of a spin-out company.

“The commercialisation of innovations is on the rise at the University of Helsinki. The goal is for the inventions to benefit humanity at large. Commercialisation can also increase the impact and significance of research results. This is particularly useful when applying for international research funding,” said Sara Kangaspeska, who is in charge of the innovation process at HIS.

The 100th invention of 2017 was made on the Kumpula Campus. Its creators were researchers Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Alistair King, Jussi Helminen, Gabriel Partl, Paulus Hyväri and Eva Gazagnaire. The team received champagne and flowers.