Innovation ecosystem for bio- and nanotechnologies and nanoelectronics is visioned to Otaniemi


VTT and Aalto University are planning an innovation ecosystem, which combines bio- and microtechnologies and nanoelectronics (MicroNanoBio) topics. A basic infrastructure is already there but operations need to be developed further and made more efficient. Openness, knowledge integration, new kind of communication and close cooperation with various interest groups are needed to create new innovations. Operations of the ecosystem will be directed to improve competitiveness, social welfare, society and economic life.


Welfare, environment and other global challenges require new kinds of solutions and innovations to which MicroNanobio area’s synergies bring interesting possibilities. Applications rising from this area are, for instance, diagnostic tools, wellbeing applications, advanced sensor materials or sensors measuring bodily functions.

The planned ecosystem would be built of basic research, top-level applied research, high-level education, creation of new business, company cooperation, and versatile and open communications. Students, teachers, researchers, company and industry representatives including other supporting interest groups are focal parts of the network. When cooperation of individual players is improved and resources are utilized systematically, it is possible to achieve more and better results.

Companies form a significant link in the operations. There is a need to build a stronger bridge between research and business. Knowledge should be transferred to market more smoothly and the needs of companies listened more carefully. Focusing in solutions is an important element of the ecosystem.

Stories inspiring innovations

A versatile group of experts from VTT, Aalto University, City of Espoo and companies take part in the ecosystem planning process started in April. The process produces scenarios, stories of the future, from three perspectives (research, learning and business). The participants create scenarios in workshops, where they also think about what kind of activities the ecosystem could include and how the cooperation could be made functional. Ideation and group work is planned and guided by MDI (Management Design Intelligence).

Central issue in the planning process is to find joint focus areas for the ecosystem. Preliminary focus areas are individually tailored health monitoring, efficient bioprocessing, energy availability and environmental observation.

The process is now on the homestretch when three out of four workshops are behind. A summary about the results of the workshops will be made in September and the next steps will be drafted to implement the plans.

More information:

Vice President R&D Jussi Tuovinen
jussi.tuovinen [at] vtt [dot] fi

Technology Manager Mikko Syrjäsuo
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
tel. +358 50 592 9330
mikko.syrjasuo [at] aalto [dot] fi 

Dean Tuija Pulkkinen
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
tel +358 50 591 6013
tuija.pulkkinen [at] aalto [dot] fi