The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level.


Winner Laura Koivusalo
Technology Academy Finland and Aalto University hosted The Falling Walls Lab Finland event in Aalto Design Factory 19 September 2019.

Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Finland 2019

Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Finland 2019 is Laura Koivusalo for ”Breaking the Wall of Corneal Blindness”.

She is currently PhD Student at Tampere University, Eye Group.

Limbal stem cell deficiency is a form of corneal blindness that affects millions of working age people worldwide. The condition  cannot be treated with conventional corneal transplants. Winning innovation is solving the problem in renewing the damaged corneal surface with engineered stem cell product. Laura designs the materials for transplantation of these cells.

As a winner Laura will be traveling to Berlin to the Lab Finale on 8 November. The Finale winner gets to speak once more on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2019, receives a cash prize, & the opportunity to win a six month Virtual Residency with Nature Careers of the global publisher Springer Nature.


TAF wishes Laura good luck with the Berlin competition!


Each year, academic institutions are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab and to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region’s most innovative minds. The most intriguing presenters of the locally hosted Falling Walls Labs travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany on 8 November. 100 Finalists present their work in front of a distinguished jury and showcase their solutions for today’s pressing challenges. All finalists win a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference where they meet the world’s movers and shakers of science, business, and policy-making. The three winners of the Lab Finale in Berlin are awarded the “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year” title, prize money, and get to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.


The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic institutions from more than 60 countries. Stanford University, the ETH Zurich, and the University of Tokyo are only a few of the universities that have participated in the Falling Walls Lab programme.

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