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Leona Gilbert and team POCKIT as a finalist for Helsinki challenge!

Seven teams have been selected for the final stage of the science competition intended to develop new solutions for the challenges of our changing world. Team POCKit from Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä is one of the finalist. POCKit is creating a device for patients to test for multiple microbes and different stages of disease all at once. This could save millions of euros and stop the spreading of communicable infectious diseases.

Nearly half of the population of the world has no access to sufficient health care. POCKit is developing a health care device that would transform a full laboratory onto a computer chip. It would allow patients to be tested for several microbes simultaneously, easily and affordably. In addition, the device would be able to determine the stage of various illnesses.

- Team consists of multidisciplinary and passionate experts and includes a lot of multidisciplinary knowledge. We believe that research will help slow down the spread of infectious diseases and the generation of chronic illnesses. The research will help patients receive treatment faster and generate millions of euros in savings for individuals and communities., says team leader Leona Gilbert.

The international jury has selected six teams from among the 20 semifinalist teams to continue on to the finals. The Helsinki Challenge finalists are ELMO which battles malaria with a three-dimensional mosquito net, HeatStock with a new solution for storing summer heat for the winter, POCKit which is a laboratory you can put in your pocket, Parental Box focusing on the mental wellbeing of new parents, the iCombine database which would enable personalised cancer treatments as well and Dlearn.Helsinki which hopes to teach global skills in new ways.

In addition, one research team was selected by the audience at the Helsinki Challenge Semifinal Pitch Nights in early June. The audience gave the most votes to team FutuRena, which hopes to 3D print a working miniature kidney.

Finalist teams to head to Brussels in the autumn

In September, the finalists will head to Brussels for the Global Impact Camp which is intended to promote Finnish research, provide the teams with help to apply for EU funding and to enhance connections to politicians and other influencers. The teams selected for the Helsinki Challenge feature more than 70 researchers and experts from Finnish universities, companies, organisations and public bodies.

The jury selects one or more winning teams and announces its decision in November 2017. The prize is a sum of €375,000, intended to realise the team’s solution, which may be a new discipline, an idea with business potential, a new company or groundbreaking research.

Finnish universities organise Helsinki Challenge in cooperation. In addition to the University of Helsinki, the competition is organised by Aalto University, the Hanken School of Economics, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu, the University of the Arts Helsinki, the University of Turku, the University of Vaasa and Åbo Akademi University. The Helsinki Challenge is part of Finland's centenary celebrations.

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