Startups in Arctic15: Soihtu DTx, a digital therapeutics startup!

Soihtu DTx is attending Arctic15 with Aalto Startup Center. Get to know Soihtu DTx by reading our interview with Jukka Laakso, Business Developer from Soihtu DTx.

23 of Aalto Startup Center’s ecosystem startups are attending the Arctic15 event. Arctic15 is a Startup Investor Event and a meeting spot for startup entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and media from 60+ countries.

Who are you and what do you do?

Jukka Laakso: I am an experienced entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience in Entrepreneurship (Leadership) and Game Development (Design). Currently I’m building a new, cost-efficient, and early way to treat depression by combining video game experience and neuroscience research. Our research on neuroscience-driven, video-game therapeutics has yielded scientific publications and evidence for efficacy in a large scale clinical trials.

What kind of team do you have at the moment?

Soihtu DTx: We are a cross disciplinary team with backgrounds from gaming entreprenuership to academic professorships and PhDs. A well-balanced founding team with just the right combination of vision, science, tech, design, arts, psychology and medical knowledge.

What is your innovation?

Soihtu DTx: Our service is an intervention that supports client autonomy and intervenes directly with behavior unlike medicine and psychosocial treatments. It is also capable of supporting existing therapies, thus providing value throughout the whole treatment chain without any additional side-effects. This is already proven in a large scale clinical trials.

Our theragnostic solution adapts the game-based digital therapeutic treatment based on user behavioral data, their symptoms, and their preferences.

What kind of problem does your innovation solve?

Soihtu DTx: There are 280 Million depression patients globally. 86 % of people suffering from depression do not get sufficient treatment. That is 240 Million people. Without sufficient care, depression will be the leading cause of the burden of disease worldwide by 2030.

What is your idea’s impact?

Soihtu DTx: We exist to help people suffering from depression to live mentally healthier lives by offering a ground-breaking, game-based digital intervention.

What are your main Sustainable Development Goals?

SDG-3Soihtu DTx: Our Sustainable Development Goal is “Good Health and Well-being” (SDG 3*), which is directly linked to mental health.



*Source: United Nations:

What are your next steps in the near future?

Soihtu DTx: Looking for seed investors, we already have clinical data that our intervention works. Next steps in the future include spinning out a startup, developing the current MVP to a full commercial product, and go-to-market in Germany DiGA.

What are your main targets in the Arctic 15 event?

Soihtu DTx: Meeting seed investors and potential partners.