Design thinking in health care

From hidden needs to medical innovations. See this and other fascinating projects on display in the Designs for a Cooler Planet main exhibition in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024.
A device attachable to the forearm is one of the possibilities the hentoTouch team is currently exploring. Photo: Juliana Harkki.
Device designed in the Biodesign programme can curb alcohol cravings with a soft touch. Photo: Juliana Harkki

Innovations typically begin with an idea, seeking a problem fit for the potential solution. The Biodesign process starts with identifying the problem first.
Through intensive immersion in the everyday life at hospitals and clinics, multidisciplinary design teams translate their observations into needs and problems. A clean slate enables these teams to identify overlooked challenges. The Biodesign programme seeks to find solutions for the health care sector while training innovators to address actual needs instead of focusing on developing new technologies.

Projects on display

hentoTouch device could consist of a large number of active elements that stimulate the skin on a wide area.


Bio-design to tackle alcoholism without drugs

Innovation portfolio
Ottoscreen's hearing measuring system


Early help for hearing loss

Innovation portfolio
Aura Pyykönen pitching in the ice hole, photo by Polar Bear Pitching

Natal mind

Improving perinatal mental care

Innovation portfolio
Biodesign Finland

Biodesign Finland (external link)

Biodesign Finland improves medical care with a novel entrepreneurial program for selected interdisciplinary teams and creates new business.


Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

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Wood crystals on a black fabric.
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