Länsi-Suomi (FI19)

Finland

Encompassing the Southwest region of Finland, the area has a population of 467, 217. The region hosts top national expertise in life sciences and health technologies. The focus is especially in research and business operation in pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries, as well as functional food and materials technology. Half of the turnover of the Finnish medical industry is created in the Turku Region and the Health Turku cluster, coordinated by the Turku Science Park Ltd. comprises more than 100 companies as well as universities and research institutes and a hospital district.

 

As an example from the cluster, “Auria Clinical Informatics” is an EU-accredited Digital Innovation Hub and gathers information from many hospital districts to create a “360-degree” view of patient care, and represents the first fully operational bio-bank in Finland. As the strongest expertise cluster of the life science field in Finland, and a pioneer in business operations, Health Turku also runs a national Life Science Accelerator and organizes the largest annual drug development and diagnostics industry event- the HealthBIO seminar. Life sciences and health are spearheads of research also at the universities; productive and intensive cooperation between research and companies creates an atmosphere for innovation and opportunities for commercialization of products. Due to the global nature of the industry, it is important for the innovation communities to always look for international partnerships. Health Turku stakeholders are active in various networks such as the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR), Euro Bioimaging, ScanBalt BioRegion, and European Diagnostics Cluster Alliance (EDCA). Two of cluster's larger companies, Orion Corporation and PerkinElmer Inc have together with local universities and SMEs recently assembled a New Modalities Ecosystem supported by funding from Business Finland.

Policy documents


Regional - Smart Specialisation 

Major initiatives

 

  1. Auria Clinical informatics (EU Digital innovation hub status) 

  2. Life Science Accelerator 

  3. Biomarker commercialisation BiC 

  4. Auria biobank  biobank 

  5. Turku center for disease modeling TCDM  research center 

  6. Turku bioimaging  research center

  7. Biocity Turku  research center 


Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?


  1. Horizon2020

  2. Council of European Bioregions CEBR  

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By Original artist: Ningyou. SVG-map created by Care - SVG map of Finland is created by user Care. Original bitmap map is created by User:Ningyou, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5650805

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium