The origin of Sciar dates back to 2017 when Alavihkola got together with fellow students Joel Noutere and Felix Erkinheimo. They wondered why are laboratories documenting their findings like it’s the Middle Ages – is there a chance for digitalization to rectify the situation?
“We interviewed hundreds of scientists and other professionals to find out, was this a real problem or just something in our heads. Turned out, it was real.”
As a consequence, the three partners founded Sciar in July 2018. The fledgling company picked up momentum in December 2019, as it started a pilot with the University of Helsinki to study automated documentation.
“What we need next is a solid commercial pilot to determine product market fit,” Alaviuhkola says, adding that negotiations about this step are on-going.
Right now, Sciar is participating in Health Incubator Helsinki, with already a few of workshops under its belt.
“The incubator customizes its content for the different teams and really zeroes in on what you need,” Alaviuhkola says.
Health Incubator Helsinki – a unique long-term incubator program for research-based early stage teams and start-ups operating in the health sector in Finland and abroad
Previously published stories on Health Incubator Helsinki batch 1 companies:
MedicubeX brings healthcare to you – via automation
Medified created a new solution for mental health treatment
Maculaser combats blindness
EpiHeart fights off heart failure with new therapy
Text: Sami J. Anteroinen
Cover photo: Keksi Agency via City of Helsinki