Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, the Biodesign Summer School will not be organized in 2020.

Interested in creating new medical technology?

 Biodesign Innovation Summer School (3 ECTS) is your opportunity to learn how need-driven innovation and commercialization of medical technology (medtech) works. During the summer school, together with your interdisciplinary team, you will create a concept and a business case for your own medical technology. Your solution addresses a real and validated need in healthcare, based on direct observations of problems in the clinical environment. By the end of the summer school, you will pitch your concept and medtech business case to real investors in a “shark tank”.

During the summer school, you will learn the principles of, e.g., needs identification, concept creation, customer-centric design, intellectual property basics, and regulatory process of medical technology. These skills are applicable for innovating any new concepts, conducting medtech R&D, developing research questions, or taking your first steps towards your own medtech startup.

In the summer school, you are trained by experts in research, medtech startups, customer-centered innovation and clinical innovation. The learning is supported by true stories from visitors that have successfully commercialized medtech innovations.

How to get credits

There will be approx. 2–4 group learning sessions (usually 3 hours/session) each week in addition to independent working. To qualify for the credits (3 ECTS), you need to participate in all the sessions and pass the final pitch.

How to apply for the course

To apply for the summer school, please send a motivation letter (max. one A4 sheet) and transcript of records to the summer school coordinators no later than April 5, 2020 (please, use “Biodesign Innovation Summer School” in the email subject). In the letter, you should elaborate on your study success and future plans and justify why you should be selected to the school. Max. 20 MSc or PhD students or medical students with MB degree, are accepted to the course from Finnish and international universities. Suitable backgrounds for the course include Engineering, Medicine, Business, and Design.


Biodesign Finland, Aalto University School of Science (Dept. of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto Ventures Program), University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Hospital, and Metropolia AMK.


Heikki Nieminen (coordinator), Asst. Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, medtech entrepreneur; Jaakko Nieminen (coordinator), Academy Research Fellow, Biodesign Finland pioneer; Håkan Mitts, Aalto Ventures Program teacher, customer-centered design expert; Sampsa Vanhatalo, Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology, Academic Clinician; Nick Hayward, Academic Clinician, clinical innovation expert.

Fees and accommodation

The course is free of charge. The students should, at their own cost, arrange their travelling, accommodation, and insurance for the duration of the summer school. We provide no scholarships.

Location and dates

Aalto University, Espoo, Finland; May 4–22, 2020.

More information

Summer school website. For more information and questions, please contact the course coordinators (heikki.j.nieminen@aalto.fi, jaakko.nieminen@aalto.fi).