Research impacts through projects
The HUMEA Laboratory is an active participant in projects and is actively involved in many projects that receive regional, national and international funding. The laboratory also engages in close collaboration with clinical and industrial partners.
“We’re currently involved in Co-Research, Co-Innovation and Research to Business (R2B) projects funded by Business Finland. There’s also one project funded by the Academy of Finland and one ERDF and ESF project. We're also currently making preparations for one EU Horizon project, our next R2B project and one spearhead project with Business Finland”, says Karjalainen.
For example, the new Game Over? – Continue ESF project launched in January 2023 investigates the potential of digital group gaming activities to improve the future prospects, welfare and life management of young people at risk of marginalisation from the local North Savo region.
Part of the origin story of corporate spin-offs
The R&D activities of the HUMEA Laboratory have resulted in many spin-offs and technological innovations. The arrhythmia detection algorithms of Heart2Save Oy and the HRV (Heart Rate Variability) software of Kubios Oy are largely based on the extensive work of the BSAMIG research group led by Karjalainen and docent Mika Tarvainen. The technology of Adamant Health Oy, based on precise analysis of movement disorders, relies on long-term research cooperation with clinical organisations carried out at the University of Eastern Finland and the HUMEA Laboratory.
“The commercial application of technological innovations in healthcare requires long-term research cooperation and clinical validation, an infrastructure that enables all this and an operating culture that promotes commercialisation. It’s crucial to understand the regulations related to medical devices and take these into consideration as early as possible to make the commercialisation of a research innovation possible. HUMEA has served as Adamant Health’s pillar, partner and operating environment that has enabled us to evolve relatively quickly into a growing health tech company aiming at the international market”, says Saara Rissanen, CTO and one of the founders at Adamant Health.
If you are interested in the operations of the HUMEA Laboratory or would like to collaborate with the laboratory on a research project, please contact Pasi Karjalainen or Paavo Vartiainen.
“We’re happy to participate in solving our partners’ challenging and complex research questions”, Karjalainen concludes.
Pasi A. Karjalainen, Professor, Department of Technical Physics: pasi.karjalainen(at)uef.fi, +358 40 5504347
Paavo Vartiainen, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Technical Physics: paavo.vartiainen(at)uef.fi
Kimmo Solehmainen, Development Manager, Kuopio Health Co-op.: kimmo.solehmainen(at)kuopiohealth.fi
Anna Karjalainen, Regional Manager, Kuopio Brain & Mind: anna.karjalainen(at)uef.fi
HUMEA Laboratory is a centre of measurement and analysis expertise that operates at the Department of Technical Physics, University of Eastern Finland The story is part of “R&D actors in spotlight” article series published by Kuopio Health and Kuopio Brain & Mind and it was published in cooperation on 22.3.2023.