Finnish healthcare company Nightingale Health has been chosen out of hundreds of applications to be presented at the Solve pitch event that will be held today at United Nations headquarters. Solve is a program led by MIT that seeks solutions for the world’s most challenging problems. Nightingale participates in the challenge with their blood analysis technology that was chosen as one of 15 finalists in the chronic diseases challenge.
Nightingale’s technology provides detailed biological data from a single blood sample. This biological data can help predict and prevent possible future chronic diseases such as cardiovascular conditions and diabetes. “MIT and the UN are looking for solutions with novelty, feasibility and impact for one of the world’s biggest health challenge, chronic diseases. Our blood testing re-invention provides an innovative tool for diabetes and CVD risk screening and can both reduce cost and improve health outcomes. In addition, our technology is scalable and can be implemented globally,” tells Teemu Suna, CEO and Co-founder of Nightingale.
Nightingale wants to change the way healthcare is delivered and enable life-defining choices with better health data. The company aims to be in the frontline of one of the largest transformations in healthcare, preventive medicine. Nightingale already operates globally in the research market, and in the clinical market, it will pilot in Finland this year. After that, the next goal is to expand operations across major markets in Europe, and also start operations in the U.S. “Our technology is backed by over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and we are now taking the first steps to bring our solution for global healthcare. The aim is not to provide advanced disease prevention for the richest one per cent but for everyone globally,” explains Suna.
The Nordic health scene has offered a great setting for the company to develop: “The Nordics present one of the most educated geographical areas. The infrastructure for novel health applications is also world leading. For example, in Finland, electronic health records have been nearly 100 per cent digital for more than a decade. This brings a unique competitive advantage to build life science start-ups aiming to enhance global health. And of course, in Finland, we also have world-renowned weather conditions as well as hardworking, badass people,” concludes Suna.
Solve is organized today, on March 7, 2017, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, where the international panel of health care professionals will award the highly respected “Solvers” title to the most advanced solutions. We are wishing the best of luck to team Nightingale Health!
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