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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!



    Prof. Sulev Kõks

    Prof. of pathological physiology at the University of Tartu, Member of the board at Sports Gene

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    Priit Salumaa

    Co-Founder of Mooncascade and Garage48

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    Prof. Andres Metspalu

    Director of the Estonian Genome Center

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    Rene Tõnnisson

    Cofounder 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

    Managing Director of Estonian Business Angel Network


    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 of 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 of Mimi Hearing Technologies


    Pascal Werner

    Co-Founder of 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