Product Validation in Health


October 2017 -
March 2020

Uncompleted

Policy area:
Innovation
1. Innovation 1.1 R&I infrastructures

ProVaHealth

ProVaHealth stimulates cooperation among health laboratories in the Baltic Sea region, which test new products and technologies in real-life contexts. The project shares best practices to improve business models of the labs and helps open access to the services for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the entire Baltic Sea region to ensure health innovation and growth of health SMEs with global potential.

Summary

About Living Labs

The key aspect of Living Labs is the co-creation and experimental testing of products in a real-life context, providing opportunity for client validation, hands-on feedback and customer input for product development. In this way, Living Labs support companies to rapidly commercialise and scale up their innovations and products to the global markets. In the Baltic Sea region, Living Labs exist within several health and well-being areas.

Overcoming barriers for commercialisation

ProVaHealth tackles the challenge of a slow market uptake of innovations as well as Living Lab infrastructures serving locally or regionally only. The project, which involves 14 Labs from the Baltic Sea region, facilitates access to Living Labs for startups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The project works together with ScanBalt and the European Network of Living Labs.

Efficient open access services and product validation

Based on best practices, the project improves the partner labs and their open access services bringing product development services to as many as 300 SMEs. The services shall be visible via an online catalogue. Publicly available products also include a tested Self-Evaluation Toolbox for Living Labs and a transnational Living Lab concept. Furthermore, ProVaHealth involves 30 science parks, incubators or clusters offering services to client SMEs. The project shall end up with 14 partner Living Labs having long term business plans in place and several SMEs - a service and/or product validated.

Highlights by mid-term:

The Living Labs participating in the project have assessed their services and client needs thanks to the tool for self-assessment, which is under development.

Furthermore, ProVaHealth has tested several products in the sectors of health and well-being. The transnational environment of the project offered access for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to infrastructure that would have been difficult to find for testing at home. As examples of products which were tested in the Living Labs one can mention a risk management system for medical device manufacturers, hands-free medical guidelines device for nurses, a device that helps to protect from airborne infections. In some cases a pilot testing was carried out, in others – the experts evaluated a product or service.

Budgets

Total
€ 2.73
million
Erdf
€ 2.13
million
Eni + Russia
€ 0.00
million
Norway
€ 0.00
million

PARTNERS

CONTACTS

Project manager

Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

Piret Hirv

+372 50 87 043

Legal representative

Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

Indrek Orav

+3725264828

Financial manager

Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

Kert Kaljula

372 56 800 217

Communication manager

Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

Kadri Tammai

372 53413794