FIMM’s Team MoMic, University of Helsinki, wins the BioFinland Pitching Competition 2017- Congratulations!

Published 9 October 2017

Technology platform Imaging/tracers
Institute Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)

Oscar Holmström (FIMM, Univ. Helsinki) (right) receives the prize from Timo Veromaa, hairman of the Board of Finnish Bioindustries (left)

FIMM’s Team MoMic has won the BioFinland pitching competition 2017. Finnish Bioindustries in collaboration with the Helsinki Think Company organized for the second time the BioFinland Pitching Competition 2017 as part of the European Biotech Week (25 Sept 1 Oct, 2017).

The aim of the competition was to encourage students to take a more positive stand towards biobusiness and entrepreunership.

Finnish Bioindustries invited all the students in Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences (bachelor, master, doctoral, graduate school students) to participate in the competition.

The MoMic team was represented by Oscar Holmström, from the research group of Johan Lundin, Research Director at the University of Helsinki’s Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), HiLIFE. The team is studying devices and applications that enable artificial intelligence (AI) supported automated diagnostics. The MoMic mobile microscopy device is based on low-cost components, originally developed for mobile phones and here used for digitisation of biological samples. The device is connected wirelessly to a cloud server where the sample pictures are being analysed with machine vision or further transferred to a remote expert for diagnosis.

Low-cost mobile microscopes developed in Finland can be utilised for diagnosis of tropical parasitic infections and cancer. This year, prototypes of the mobile microscopes will be tested in field trials in Tanzania and Kenya. Rapid remote diagnostics supported by machine intelligence is the researchers’ main objective.

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