International Conference „Lithuanian Research and Industry 2016: Health Technologies as Competitive Advantage of Lithuania in the Global Innovation Economy“

Conference took a place in KTU Santaka Valley (K. Baršausko Str. 59, Kaunas) on 29th April, 2016.

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About the Conference

The annual international conference ‘Lithuanian Research and Industry‘ is a forum where issues of the country's major industrial and economic development, the policy and strategies for planning technological progress are being discussed. Experts of different science fields, representatives of business and politics exchange views on different aspects of Lithuanian research and industry which lead to joint decision-making. The conference offers a possibility to share insights, experience, ideas and contacts for further cooperation between research and business.

Languages of the conference - Lithuanian / English.

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This year's conference Health Technologies as Competitive Adventage of Lithuania in the Global Innovation Economy will bring together researchers and academics, state and business representatives who are engaged in the development of health technologies into the common discussion.

Health technologies encompass biotechnology, biomedical engineering and biomedical research activities ranging from those aimed at gaining fundamental knowledge to the development of technologies and their subsequent application in clinical practice. Biotechnology, biomedical engineering and biomedical research, having been brought together, contributed to the creation of a complete value chain which will allow systematically diagnosing and treating various medical conditions. The scientific expertise has been combined with the market potential, thus ensuring future research and development.

The health technology market in Lithuania and throughout Europe has developed rapidly in recent years. Such areas as regenerative medicine, biomedical engineering, healthcare information technologies and biotechnology have seen an explosive growth and take an increasing share of the European market. The number of Lithuanian biotechnology companies with the annual growth rate of 18.5% during recent years (27 companies in 2010, 32 companies in 2013) ensures strong growth of Lithuania’s biotechnology market. This is also due to the 73.3% increase of revenues of the biotechnology companies from EUR 75 million in 2010 to EUR 130 million in 2013. The investment in biotechnology during the period 2010 - 2013 showed a 22% growth from EUR 3.688 million in 2010 to EUR 4.502 million in 2013. The operating income of the biomedical engineering companies has increased more than 30% in recent years. In 2010 the companies generated revenue of EUR 114 million, and in 2013 – EUR 150 million. Investment in science, as compared with 2010, increased more than 5 times (EUR 4.055 million in 2010, and EUR 19.21 million in 2013). The revenues of medical companies of Lithuania grew 36% and reached EUR 196 million in 2010, and EUR 268 million in 2013. In comparison with the 7% growth in the number of companies (there were 2009 companies in 2010, and 2,161 companies in 2013), the revenues increased significantly. In 2012, the value of the European healthcare information technology market amounted to nearly EUR 12 billion. In 2012, the IT market in Lithuania amounted to EUR 67 million and increased up to EUR 78 million in 2013. The number of employees increased more than 2 times during the period 2010-2013. A number of major companies   (e.g. Intermedix, Sofneta) have been developing successfully and have an increasingly large market share. To sum up, based on the statistics provided above, it may be said that Lithuania is expanding and developing the area of health technologies and is fast catching up with the most developed EU countries.

In comparison with other European countries, Lithuania holds the leading position in terms of the number of professionals, including scientists and researchers, involved in the area of health technologies. Most health technology specialists are prepared by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Huge scientific potential which has been mobilised in Lithuania in the field of health technologies has been using scientific infrastructure provided by integrated study, science and business centres (valleys) “Santaka” and “Santara”. Lithuania obtains the potential to occupy an increasingly large share of European market of health technologies and is capable of competing in major global markets.

This conference will bring together health technology specialists, researchers and scientists, politicians and business representatives in order to:

  • discuss the State policy and measures taken to strengthen health technology business and academic sectors in Lithuania;
  • share international experience;
  • present the “Centre of Excellence in Science and Technology for Healthy Ageing” (HEALTH-TECH) initiative.

The conference “Lithuanian Research and Industry 2016” offers an excellent opportunity to launch a discussion which would promote shared understanding and foster cooperation among experts from a variety of backgrounds in the area of health technologies development in Lithuania.


Conference participants

Prof. Petras Baršauskas is Rector of Kaunas University of Technology. Petras Baršauskas (b. 1953. October 10., Kaunas) - Lithuanian energetics engineer, a doctor of social sciences.

In 1960-1971 Petras Baršauskas learned in S. Nėries high school. 1977 Petras Baršauskas graduated Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (KPI), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, an engineer energetics qualification. Petras Baršauskas played in Kaunas 'Kelininkas' football team.

Mr. Robertas Dargis is the president of the interests of industrialists and employers representing, the largest business association in Lithuania - Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK),

also Lithuanian Real Estate Development Association president, chairman of the board of UAB Eika, a sailor, and a public man. In 1978-1983 Robertas studied at Vilnius Engineering Construction Institute, and gain an engineer constructor speciality. Since 2012 Robertas became a president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.

Prof. Dr. Habil. Vaiva Lesauskaitė is Vice-Rector for Research, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology at the Institute of Cardiology and Professor in the Department of Pathological Anatomy at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

She graduated cum laude from Medicine University of Kaunas (at present Lithuanian University of Health Sciences) in 1983 with a Master Degree. After graduation she began to work at the Laboratory of Cardiac Pathology, Institute of Cardiology. Since 2008, she is the Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology at the Institute of Cardiology at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Since 1990, she also teaches in the Department of Pathological Anatomy at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. She is a Doctor of Science in Medicine (1989) and Habilitated Doctor of Science in Medicine (1997), and a Professor (1999). Since 2009 Vaiva Lesauskaitė is Vice-Rector for Research of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Rimantas Jankauskas is Vice-Rector for Research at Vilnius University since 2015. Also he is a member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

Previously Rimantas Jankauskas was Board member at Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education of Lithuania and Senior Specialist at State Forensic Medicine Service at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. As Professor at Vilnius University he has published more than 60 scientific articles in the fields of Human Osteology, Paleopathology, Forensic Anthropology, Bioarcheol­ogy, also participated in various research projects with foreign partners. He got his PhD in Medicine at Vilnius University in 1988.

Mr. Mindaugas Liutkauskas is director of medical devices (infusion pumps) producting company Viltechmeda UAB. Viltechmeda belongs to the world an engineering concern Moog. Moog is a world-class high-precision control components and systems designer, manufacturer and integrator.

Before becoming managing director of Viltechmeda Mindaugas was Viltechmeda and its controling company‘s finance director and also for four years worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers as merger and acquisitions (M&A) consultant.

Mindaugas studied at International Business School where he gained a master degree in International Business. He is also graduated Vilnius University where he gained a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management.

Dr. Leif Sörnmo is professor in Biomedical Signal Processing at Lund University, Sweden, and founder and director of the undergraduate and graduate program in Biomedical Engineering.

His research interests include statisticalsignal processing, modeling of biomedical signals, methods for analysis of atrial fibrillation, multimodal signal processing in hemodialysis and powerefficient signal processing in implantable devices.

He has published 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and some 200 conference papers. He has authored 17 book chapters and 4 books, including Bioelectrical Signal Processing in Cardiac and Neurological Applications (Elsevier, 2005) with Pablo Laguna as coauthor.

His research involves close collaboration with Swedish companies active in biomedical engineering, to date having resulted in 10 patents. He is Director and founding member of the Center of Integrative Electrocardiology at Lund University (CIEL).

Prof. Dr. Gintaras Valinčius is a Chief Scientist and Head of Department of Bioelectrochemistry and Biospectroscopy at the Institute of Biochemistry of Vilnius University.

Gintaras Valinčius graduated the Department of Physical Chemistry of Vilnius University, and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1988 from the Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (Lithuania). He held an Associate Professor position in 1989-1998 at the Department of General and Inorganic chemistry of Vilnius University. In 1998-2002 he was a guest researcher at the Biotechnology Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA. Since 2002 he is associated with the VU Institute of Biochemistry and holds part time Professor position at the department of Chemistry and Bioengineering of Vilnius Gediminas technical University.

Since 2002 Gintaras Valinčius was involved in numerous international research collaborative projects, funded by the NSF, NIST, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio State University, and Maryland state university.

Main research interests are related to the selfassembly of protein/phospholipid systems, artificial bilayer membrane technologies that have the potential for the clinical diagnostics on toxic peptides, their oligomers and proteins. He is developing an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methodology, as well as introducing neutron-based instrumentations into structural and functional studies of phospholipid bilayer systems.

Prof. Dr. Habil. Arūnas Lukoševičius is engineer of electronics, professor, habilitated doctor of Technology Sciences, laureate of Lithuanian Science Award, director of Biomedical Engineering Institute at Kaunas University of Technology, founder and president at Lithuanian Society for Biomedical Engineering.

Arūnas Lukoševičius develops new methods, technologies and devices by employing high-tech achievements for medical diagnostic and health monitoring. Research and inventions of him and Biomedical Engineering Institute’s scientists are recognized and applied in health care, sport and in other biomedical professionals work areas in Lithuania.

Arūnas Lukoševičius research interests: biomedical engineering, medical diagnostic and monitoring algorithms and software, biological tissues differential diagnostic methods and devices, clinical decision support algorithms for e-health system.

Prof. Dr. Renaldas Raišutis is professor, chief researcher of Prof. Kazimieras Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute at Kaunas University of Technology. Renaldas Raišutis graduated his bachelor studies in Electronical Engineering in 1999, master studies – in 2001 at Kaunas University of Technology. In 2005 he gained his doctorate in Measurement Engineering at Kaunas University of Technology.


Since 2003 Renaldas Raišutis actively participates in international applied research projects and works with business organisations. He creates a new ultrasonic measurement and diagnostic technologies and is co-author 6 patents (USA, Europe), which are related to innovative medical technologies. He has participated in various national and international research projects (Eurostars, Framework 5, 6, 7).

Renaldas Raišutis participates in expert activity, conducts strategic research and infrastructure development projects. By participating in Measurement Engineering Doctoral Research Committee and mentoring activities prepares young researchers to become scientists.



Prof. Asta Pundzienė is Vice-Rector for Research and Professor at Kaunas University of Technology. Asta gained her doctorate in Social Sciences (organizational psychology) at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Since 1997, she has developed her academic competence at Amsterdam Free University, The Netherlands; Uppsala University, Sweden; Heidelberg University, Germany and Sheffield University, UK; Harvard Business School, USA, etc.

She began her career at Vytautas Magnus University in 1993 as Administrator of the Pedagogical studies programmes becoming Project Manager in the Centre for Vocational Education and Research at the same university in 1996. From 1999 to 2003 she was Vice-Director of the Centre for Vocational Education and Research at Vytautas Magnus University and from 2003 till 2004, National Seconded Expert (END) at the European Training Foundation (ETF) in Turin, Italy. 2004 - 2011 she was employed by ISM University of Management and Economics as program Director and later as Dean of the Research and Doctoral studies.

In 2005 Asta Pundzienė became an Editor of the Baltic Journal of Management. She has published more than 25 research papers and participated in a number of international and national research and development projects. Her area of interest covers change management including reform of Higher Education system, career development, and Human resource development.

Dr. Juozas Kupčinskas is chief scientist and lecturer at Lithuanian University of Health Sciencies. He gained his doctorate at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany).

In 2001 Linas Kupčinskas graduated Bachelor studies in United World College of the Adriatic (Italy).

Currently Juozas Kupčinskas works as a lecturer of Gastroenterology Clinic at University of Health Sciences. Also he works as chief scientist at Digestive System Research Institute, Clinical and Molecular Gastroenterology laboratory at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. At Lithuanian University of Health Sciences hospital Kaunas clinics he is taking the position of doctor gastroenterologist.

Juozas Kupčinskas has wrote more than 20 scientific publications for peer-reviewed international scientific journals. He is participant of international research projects. He carried out scientific and clinical fellowships in Israel, Germany, Italy, Slovenia.

Keynote speakers

Linas Linkevičius has been appointed Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on 13 December 2012.

Before Minister Linas Linkevičius served as the Lithuanian Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from 2005 until 2011. Prior to this he was elected as a Member of Seimas (Parliament) from 1992 until 1996. In 1993 he was promoted to Minister of National Defence of Lithuania, a post which he held from 1993-1996. He was then appointed as the Ambassador and Head of Mission of Lithuania to NATO and the Western European Union (WEU). From 2000 until 2004 Ambassador Linas Linkevičius was appointed again as Minister of National Defence of Lithuania.



Adjunct Professor Mark van Gils is leader of the Systems Medicine team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr. Mark van Gils’s research interest covers especially decision support for health and wellbeing needs - this includes techniques ranging from biomedical signal processing to machine learning and data mining.

Currently Mark van Gils is coordinator of the EU project PredictND and he has been coordinator of the EU project TBIcare. He has (co-)authored over 100 publications and holds an Adjunct Professorship in the area of Physiological Signal Processing at Aalto University School of Science and Technology in Helsinki (Finland). He has held and is holding various positions of trust in IEEE-EMBS.


29th April, 2016
59 K. Baršausko str., Kaunas, Lithuania

Moderator of the conference - Vytautas Rumšas, actor, moderator of events.

9.00 – 10.00
10.00 –10.25
Opening of the Conference
Petras Baršauskas, Rector of Kaunas University of Technology
Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
Robertas Dargis, President of Lithuanian Confederation of Industrials
10.25 –11.35
Health Technologies as Competitive Advantage of Lithuania in the Global Innovation Economy
Panel discussion
The discussion aims to illustrate and share the experience on investing in health technologies advanced knowledge development and innovation. How to increase the competitiveness of Lithuania and Europe innovation economy through research excellence, knowledge and technology excellence and deployment?
Moderator of discussion Juozas Kupčinskas, Chief Scientist at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Evaldas Gustas, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
Audronė Pitrėnienė, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
Juras Požela, Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania
Robertas Dargis, President of Lithuanian Confederation of Industrials
Erikas Vaitekūnas, Director of Medelkom International UAB
Vaiva Lesauskaitė, Vice-Rector for Research at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Rimantas Jankauskas, Vice-Rector for Research at Vilnius University
Arūnas Lukoševičius, Director of Biomedical Engineering Institute at Kaunas University of Technology
11.35 –12.00
Commercialization of Research Results in Foreign Countries
Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
12.00 –12.30
Coffee break
12.30 –13.40
Health-Tech Center as a Measure Fostering Research Excellence and Innovation for the Region and Beyond
Panel discussion
The discussion aims to provide a case on how the Centre of Excellence will allow an enhanced usage of the recently upgraded and newly built infrastructure for health research in Lithuania; provide innovative medical solutions for the improvement of the health of ageing-populations in Europe; help to promote the research and development, education and training as well as networking activities in the area of healthy ageing.
Moderator of discussion Asta Pundzienė, Vice-Rector for Research at Kaunas University of Technology
Mark van Gils, Adjunct Professor, Research Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland LTD
Leif Sörnmo, Professor of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Lund University
Arvydas Lubys, R&D Director at Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics UAB
Mindaugas Liutkauskas, Managing Director of Moog Medical Devices Group, Viltechmeda UAB
Mindaugas Šeštokas, Managing Director of Kitron UAB, Lithuania
Gintaras Valinčius, Professor, Head of Department of Bioelectrochemistry and Biospectroscopy of Institute of Biochemistry at Vilnius University
Juozas Kupčinskas, Chief Scientist at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Renaldas Raišutis, Professor of Prof. Kazimieras Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute at Kaunas University of Technology
13.40 – 14.00
Impact through Research and Industry Networks
Conference closing speach
Mark van Gils, Adjunct Professor, Research Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland LTD

KTU Vice Rector for Research
Prof. Asta Pundzienė
phone + 370 30 00 03
KTU Director of Department of Research Affairs
Assoc. prof. Leonas Balaševičius
phone + 370 30 07 02
KTU Coordinator of Research Project Unit
Giedrė Karčiauskienė
phone + 370 37 30 00 48

How to reach the venue?

KTU Santaka Valley (K. Baršausko g. 59, Kaunas, Lithuania)

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Some options may lead you to Vilnius which sometimes is more convenient for the arrival by plane. Vilnius is just 100 km away from Kaunas. If you use public transport, your destination in Kaunas is Kaunas Bus Station (Kauno autobusų stotis) or Kaunas Train Station (Kauno geležinkelio stotis). They are situated close to each other and to the city centre.

Participants of the conference who need a visa to come to Lithuania can find useful information here.


Conference Partners

Conference organized in cooperation with the project promoters

Conference organized in cooperation with the project Centre of Excellence in Science and Technology for Healthy Ageing (HEALTH-TECH) promoters, Grant Agreement No 664339, 2015–2016.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Business Partners