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Research in Finland

Universities and institutes

Tampere University

Tampere University possesses extensive skills and knowledge and conducts basic, applied and contract research. Their specialties include cell and tissue technology and tissue and organ model development, including related technology and research services. Visit Faculty of Medicine and health technology website, and learn more about MET Core-facilities and Services.

Tampere University’s research centers:

Centre of Excellence in Body on-Chip Research

Computational Biology Group

Finnish Cardiovascular Research Center Tampere (FCRCT)

Celiac Disease Research Center (CeliRes)

Prostate Cancer Research Center

Finnish Vaccine Research

University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland possesses extensive skills and knowledge and conducts basic, applied and contract research. Research groups and research services can be found on the following links:

School of Pharmacy

Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences

A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences

Biocenter Kuopio

Welcome to Kuopio Biomedical Imaging Unit (Kuopio-BIU)

National virus vector laboratory

UEF laboratory animal center (LAC) provides in vivo CRO services and a platform for training surgeons.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki possesses extensive skills and knowledge and conducts basic, applied and contract research.

Among others, research services are provided by the institutes of Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), including Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland , Institute of Biotechnology,  and Neuroscience Center.

The Laboratory Animal Centre (LAC) of the University of Helsinki provides appropriate animal facilities and culture of care for mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, sheep, swine, poultry, cats, and dogs. To access the page containing information on why and how laboratory animals are used at the University of Helsinki, click here.

University of Jyväskylä

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science of the University of Jyväskylä conducts extensive biological and environmental research. Their specialty is nanoscience More information is available here.

University of Oulu

The University of Oulu possesses extensive skills and knowledge and conducts basic, applied and contract research. Research groups can be found at Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Biocenter Oulu and on this link.

Oulu Laboratory Animal Centre (OULAC) is a part of the infrastructure platform, responsible for laboratory animals’ services. OULAC provides animals and facilities for animal experimentation and advice in research using animals, along with wide range of research services. These services are provided for research at the University of Oulu and the Oulu University Hospital, and for external clients according to separate agreements.

University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University possess extensive skills and knowledge and conduct basic, applied and contract research. More information about the research is available on the following links:

Faculty of Medicine @ University of Turku

Turku Bioscience Center @ University of Turku

Turku Center for Disease Modeling (TCDM) @ University of Turku

Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering @ Åbo Akademi University

Structural Bioinformatics Laboratory (SBL) @ Åbo Akademi University

Central Animal Laboratory, University of Turku (UTUCAL) operate in compliance with the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) therefore all functions and activities are strictly recorded and performed according to SOPs (standard operating procedures). UTUCAL is included in the National GLP Compliance Program in Finland and inspected on regular basis by the Finnish Medicines Agency (FIMEA). UTUCAL performs GLP and non-GLP research services including safety and toxicity studies for medicines and medical devices, and provides online LAS education courses for EU Function A, B, D.

In additions, research services are available in Turku PET Centre.

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

The Natural Resources Institute Finland carries out research on domestic and production animals, including fish farming. Research is carried out in a wide range of areas related to animal genetics and breeding, animal behaviour and welfare, feeding, production technologies and economics, and nutritional physiology, taking into account the impact on the environment, society and the quality of the final product. Research is carried out mainly on dairy and beef cattle, horses, pigs, poultry, fish (mainly rainbow trout), reindeer and insects (black soldier fly), including native species.

The service descriptions of the Natural Resources Institute Finland can be found at the following links:

Industry and contract laboratories


Admescope is a preclinical contract research organisation (CRO) providing tailor-made ADME-Tox (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and Toxicity) and other services for drug discovery and development.


Experimentica is specialized in Ocular Models℠ and provides scientific expertise and research services.

UPM Biomedicals

UPM Biomedicals is the forerunner in producing high quality nanofibrillar cellulose for medical and life science applications. More than 300 patents protect the existing and future products that rely on the Finnish birch pulp. UPM Biomedicals actively collaborate with universities, research centres and key industrial partners on future innovations and products in the field of high throughput drug screening, personalized medicine, advanced cell therapies, 3D bioprinting, tissue engineering and advanced wound care

Introduction to active researchers in 3R area

VeeraHautanen.jpg Veera Hautanen, FHAIVE. I am a PhD student from Tampere University working towards developing in vitro models to replace and reduce animal models. I graduated as MSc with Cell Technology as my major in 2018. During my studies I realized how important human relevant models are and how much we are lacking in that department, which made an easy choice to go study them after my graduation. My PhD project is combining cell technology with data driven methods in order to develop human relevant models. The current focus is on vascular model which can be used both in ischemia/reperfusion injury research as well as toxicological research.


Laura Saarimäki, Doctoral researcher at FHAIVE, Tampere University 

The focus of my work lies in toxicogenomics and its applications to advance the safety assessment of engineered nanomaterials and chemicals. My interests range from data-related aspects, such as improving the FAIRness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of data all the way to finding new, robust ways to make the most of toxicogenomics-based evidence.

Toxicogenomics has great potential in reducing and replacing animal experimentation. It sheds light on the mechanistic aspects of toxicology and provides a deep dive into the molecular events that takes place in response to chemical exposures. Toxicogenomics data can be combined with various and analytical and computational approaches, for example, to develop predictive models, improve in vitro to in vivo extrapolation, and to gain more complex information from a simpler test system, hence reducing the need for animal experiments. Building trust in this type of data is key to bringing toxicogenomics-based evidence a step closer to regulatory acceptance.