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13.-14.8. 2024

Kuopio Music Centre

Pharma Development

and Digital Health


Kuopio Health Insights 2024 (KHI 2024) is about experiencing firsthand how a relatively small yet incredibly dedicated and collaborative ecosystem has blossomed into a powerful, data-driven innovation magnet within the health and wellbeing sector in Finland – and how it is leading the digital health transformation and creating positive health outcomes for people in Finland and beyond. Kuopio Health Insights 2024 will focus on Pharma Development and Digital Health. This two-day event will take place on 13.-14.8 at Kuopio Music Centre.

Kuopio Health is backed by multi-disciplinary and trusted private and public organisations with high competence in business, international expertise, R&D and research excellence.

At Kuopio Health Insights 2024 you will meet many of the region’s key players. Our cooperative innovation ecosystem provides access to data, knowledge, projects and capabilities within our network, allowing participants to forge valuable partnerships, find new insights, and bridge any of the typical barriers that tend to block progress.

Get to know some of our key players

Erkki Soini

CEO, ESiOR Oy and chairman of the board, Kuopio Health

Health economics expert in cost-effectiveness, market access, and Real-World Evidence (RWE).

Miikka Korja

Dr. Korja is Cerebrovascular Consultant and Head of Section at the Department of Neurosurgery, HUS

Surgical activities cover mainly aneurysms and giant meningiomas. In his research group, he supervises PhD students studying epidemiology of SAH, genetics of meningiomas, epidemiology of meningiomas and deep learning in diagnostic imaging.

Ville Kainu

Primary Care Medical Lead, FIND cluster

Kainu is a medical doctor and his PhD focused on lipidomics and the implications of mass spectrometry in analyzing phospholipid remodeling. The key drivers in the current work is to improve patients’ access to novel therapies, find solutions to patient support and lead with data by utilizing the vast registries in Nordic countries.

Markus Kalliola

Project director, The Finnish innovation fund Sitra, Finland

Kalliola is the project director in Data driven health project in The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the coordinator of Joint Action Towards The European Health Data Space 2 (TEHDAS 2).

Arash Hajikhani

Research Team Leader | Adjunct Professor at LUT University

Dr. Hajikhani is a scholar and Research Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland's, Foresight-driven Business Strategies area

Tuomas Granlund

RegOps Development Director

Tuomas Granlund, a PhD candidate (final stages) at the University of Tampere, bridges the worlds of academia and industry as RegOps Development Director at Solita. His deep understanding of medical device regulations and modern software development drives a passion for streamlined, compliant innovation within the healthcare sector.

Janne Weisell

Senior Manager, Manufacturing Science and Technology, FinVector Oy

Dr. Weisell is the Manager of the Process Development team, with a focus on life cycle management and process improvements of the manufacturing process to make gene therapy products more available. He holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Johannes Holvitie

Dr., Adj. Prof., CTO, Oiva Health

Holvitie is a digital solution enthusiast who focuses on the immediate and daunting resourcing and availability issues in social- and health-care services production. He is the CTO of the Oiva Health Group that builds and serves a mission-critical and high availability digital services platform utilized by private and public healthcare producers.

Ilkka Haukijärvi


FVR – Finnish Vaccine Research | Suomen rokotetutkimus

Henri Korkalainen

Adjunct Professor // Senior Researcher//UEF//KUH

Henri Korkalainen specializes in the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare. His work has focused on leveraging deep learning to automate the diagnostics of sleep disorders and to also move these solutions from specialized laboratories to home environments.

Maarit Merla

MSc (Econ), eMBA, CBM,CEO, Finnish Drug Discovery Center

Maarit has worked in the life science sector for more than 22 years, including in an international diagnostics company, a biotechnology start-up and a global pharmaceutical group.

What's in store?

Pharma Development

Health Data & Analysis

Digital & Industrial Solutions


Tuesday 13.8.

12.00-12.30 Registration
Session: Pharma and Vaccine Development
12.30-12.35 Welcome, Chair of the session, Ville Kainu, Pfizer
12.35-12.55 Ville Kainu
12.55-13.15 Studying vaccines in Finland: the building blocks for excellence, Ilkka Haukijärvi, FVR – Finnish Vaccine Research | Suomen rokotetutkimus
13.15-13.35 Lääkekehityskeskus (Maarit Merla)
13.35-14.10 Coffee break & Networking
14.10-14.20 Post-approval manufacturing of viral vector products, Janne Weisell, FinVector Oy
14.20-14.40 Prateek Singh, AKITA by Finnadvance
14.40-15.10 Panel discussion
15.10-15.15 Closing the session
16.15-18.15 Kallavesi cruise on m/s Queen R, departure from Kuopio Passenger Port (Kuopion Matkustajasatama)
Free time & Local attractions

Wednesday 14.8.

8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-09.20 Welcome & Kuopio Health Ecosystem-TBD
Session 1: Health Data & Analysis
09.20-9.25 Welcome, chair of the session Erkki Soini ESiOR Oy
09.25-09.45 Sitra-EHDS, Markus Kalliola
09.45-10.05 House of Effectiveness
10.05-10.25 HUS/CleaverHealth, Miikka Korja (CIO)
10.25-11.00 Coffee break & Networking
11.00-11.20 Unilab&CGI-AI uniapnean tunnistamisessa, Henri Korkalainen
11.20-11.40 TBC
11.40-12.10 Panel discussion
12.10-13.30 Lunch
Session 2: Digital & Industrial Solutions
13.30-13.35 Welcome, chair of the session Ville Koiste, Gesund Partners Oy
13.35-13.55 Health Mission, Business Finland, speaker will be confirmed later
13.55-14.15 Emerging technologies in digital health, Arash Hajikhani, D.Sc/Adj. Professor, Research Team Leader, VTT
14.15-14.35 Medical Research Center Kuopio, Ville Leinonen
14.35-15.00 Coffee break & Networking
15.00-15.20 Utilizing Modern Software Technologies for Medical Devices: Best Practices for Compliance, Tuomas Granlund, Solita Oy
15.20-15.40 Modular & data driven digital services for efficient social- and health-care, Johannes Holvitie, Oiva Health Oy
15.40-16.10 Panel discussion, Moderator Ville Koiste, Gesund Partners Oy
16.10-16.20 Closing the event, Erkki Soini
18.30-21.00 Dinner at Luoto Kuopio


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