Katrin Krõlov, PhD in Biomedical Engineering,
MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Katrin
is a team lead and project manager of University of Tartu and
Selfdiagnostics Deutschland GmbH collaboration, specializing
on R&D in molecular diagnostics, clinical trials, in vitro
diagnostics devices regulations and intellectual property.
University of Tartu and Selfdiagnostics collaboration is
focused on development of rapid, easy-to-use molecular solutions for infectious
disease diagnostics. First product developed by the consortium is STD Multitest
for rapid detection of common sexually transmitted diseases in a privacy of
ones home (https://selfdiagnostics.eu/std-multitest/).
Currently the technology is being adapted for fast and affordable SARS-CoV-2
RNA detection (EIT Health sponsored project.
Liina Vaher comes from Civitta, running international
projects BIOVOICES (mutual learning and sustainable solutions in bioeconomy),
BIOBRIDGES (value chain of bio products) and PROFUTURE (marketing micro-algae
based innovative food and feed component), contributing to the boost of
bioeconomy and bioproducts in international perspective. Liina supports
hackathon participants with knowledge and guiding in bioproduct value chain
building and sustainability.
Leego is Innovation Manager at EIT Health
Scandinavia, the European Commission funded network that promotes innovation in
health sector and brings together stakeholders to implement
close-to-market-ideas into everyday healthcare via supporting its financial instruments.
She is also coordinator of program RABBIT (https://www.eithealth.eu/rabbit)
that stands for improving access of biobanks and quality registries to industry
and academia within EIT Health network. Merike Leego has extensive experience
in coordinating scientific research projects. She has held position of
Marketing Manager and Intellectual Property Manager in several biotech
companies in Estonia, and she also reads lecture on bio-entrepreneurship at University
Justin Hein is the coordinator for EIT Food Hub Estonia and a Marketing
Manager for BioCC OÜ. Working close to food research and promoting scientific
advances outside of Estonia is his main job. With EIT Food Hub Estonia Justin
is coordinating that all the ideas related to food from both students and
companies would be heard on a European level and so that they would have the
support they need to develop even further.
| ||Kalev Kaarna (design thinking coach)
| ||Harald Lepisk (moderator).
an international trainer who helps startups develop their business model and
communicate the value of their product. As the moderator of European and Arab
Innovation Academy and numerous startup programmes, Harald is able to navigate,
pinpoint and develop the critical elements of business ideas. Harald holds an
MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management.
| ||Petri-Jaan Lahtvee is a senior scientist and a group leader at the University of Tartu Institute of Technology. His research group is focused on
both, computational and wet lab applications of synthetic and systems
biology. By combining these approaches, they are working on the
fundamental science questions and translating them into industrial
biotechnology applications by constructing more efficient producer
cells. In particular, they are mainly working with the conventional
baker’s yeast as well as other, non-conventional yeast strains and
| ||Janely Pae is a project manager at Civitta Eesti AS, where she provides consultations
to the public and private sector on R&D strategy planning and
expert services related to funding and innovation planning in life
sciences, managing bioeconomy, biotechnology, and health/medicine-related projects. Janely has MSc degree in gene technology, a PhD in cell biology, and long-term experience in clinical diagnostics.
| ||Aivar Pere has long experience of coaching and supporting
science-based start-ups at the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre of
the University of Tartu.
| ||Sven Parkel, PhD is the General Manager of Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP). |
work in TBP supports local businesses and startups in biotechnology and
healthcare, offering consulting services, business development in an
incubation program and opportunities through project funding through the
EU. Sven is the Secretary General of the ScanBalt network which builds and supports the healthtech ecosystem in the Baltic Sea Region.
worked with the Estonian Development Fund to develop the Estonian Smart
Specialization strategy in health technologies through mapping the
ecosystem and designing measures of support. He is an active member of
Estonian startup community where he helps to build up and improve the
conditions needed for healthtech startups to thrive.
| ||Liis Lutter graduated from Estonian University of Life Sciences from the
field of Food Technologies. After graduating she has been working in
the food industry in both product development and food production side.
At BioCC OÜ Liis is a Product Development Manager and additionally
teaches both microbiology and food product development to the students
of Estonian University of Life Sciences.
| ||Indrek Tulp is a founder of SelfDiagnostics, a company that develops and
markets medical rapid diagnostic equipment. As a CTO, he managed
technology-intensive product development from zero to small-scale
production. With a PhD in life sciences and a MBA in entrepreneurship
and technology management, he has 15 years of experience in
biotechnology and health care sector, involving in R&D projects from
drug development to molecular diagnostics, founding several companies
with responsibilities in strategic planning and general management.
Currently managing ResTA program which focuses on supporting the
development of technologies and human capital in the field of potential
| ||Andres Vaher is helping with promotion and photographing of the
BioInnovation Days, otherwise doing all the cool stuff at sTARTUp Lab in
Marie Külvik is the iDays project manager at Tartu Biotechnology
| ||Liina Joller-Vahter is the founder of the
biotech company Power Algae. Their photobioreactors are designed for growing
microalgae in Nordic climate and further, the biomass is a valuable source for
food, feed, cosmetics, and other industries. Besides being an entrepreneur,
Liina is also lecturing the courses of bio-entrepreneurship and innovation
management at the University of Tartu.