The city of Helsinki and Lean Entries, a part of Labquality company, organised a training series named Regulatory Essentials in Health Tech in spring 2021. The trainings were targeted for local researcher teams and startups in the health tech sector. This was part of city’s growth and innovation ecosystem development.
The objective of the training was to efficiently lift the regulatory know-how of early-stage health tech companies and planning-stage researcher teams. By taking part in the training the startups and teams gained the needed support to comply with the medical device standards and requirements and could thereby save resources and maximise their potential in this highly competitive and regulated sector.
– The training series has been a useful exercise for Helsinki to find best practices in transferring crucial know-how for the health ecosystem. The birth of new enterprises and the success of those enterprises on the market is essential for the ecosystem and, therefore, for the vitality of the city, says Suvi Hänninen from City of Helsinki Economic Development Unit.
Helsinki aims at strengthening collaboration in research, development and innovation activities and promoting the growth of companies. The training concept planned together with Lean Entries consisted of 10 webinar sessions and personalised coaching for nearly 20 research teams and startups. The teams and startups were also given access to the Entries platform provided by Lean Entries, making it possible for them to examine the classification of their products and subsequent steps necessary for placing the medical device on the market.
– The collaboration with Lean Entries was fluent and the training contents were adapted to our needs. The option to replay the webinars was beneficial for our attendees and many of them utilised this option. Lean Entries’ digital platform and webinars enable the efficient formation of a common language and basic know-how on the medical device regulations.
– The training investment paid off: 90% of the respondents to a questionnaire would recommend the series to their colleagues, Hänninen sums up.