Research Groups and R&D Platforms: Clinical development

R&D Platform:
Turku BioImaging

Turku BioImaging, TBI (, is an umbrella organization for “all things imaging” in Turku, jointly operated by Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku. TBI was initiated in 2007 as a broad-based, interdisciplinary imaging consortium that aims at bringing together all biological and medical imaging expertise in Turku and elsewhere in Finland. In 2017, Turku BioImaging is celebrating its journey of 10 years, from a small 2-person unit to a large, fully functioning organization.

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Atomic-force microscopy, Basic research, Clinical development, Diagnostics, Electron microscopy, FTIR or RAMAN microscopy, High throughput imaging, Imaging, Imaging software, In Vivo Diagnostics, PET, Preclinical development, R&D Platforms, Super-resolution imaging, Ultrasound imaging

R&D Platform:
Cancer Centre of the Turku University Hospital

The Tyks Cancer Centre guarantees high-quality cancer treatment and research in the hospital districts of Southwest Finland, Satakunta and Vaasa.

The Tyks Cancer Centre works to unify treatment practices and treatment quality, and to see to it that patients get access to treatment according to unified criteria in a timely manner in the western coastal area of Finland. This puts the patients with cancer at the right place at the right time, regardless of where they live. 

The Tyks Cancer Centre is a part of the Cancer Center Finland (FICAN) – a national enterprise under construction to coordinate cancer treatment, research and education in the whole of Finland.

The Tyks Cancer Centre

Breast cancer, Cancer, Clinical development, Colorectal cancer, Diagnostics, In Vitro Diagnostics, In Vivo Diagnostics, Lung cancer, Melanoma, Ovarian cancer, Prostate cancer, R&D Platforms, Squamous cell carcinoma

Research Group:
Early detection of Alzheimer´s disease: a translational study

Juha Rinne

Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and
Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku University Hospital

Ageing-related diseases, Biomarker, Clinical development, Clinical Medicine, Diagnostics, Imaging, In Vivo Diagnostics, Molecular diagnostics, Neurological disorders, PET, Receptor

R&D Platform:
Turku PET Centre

Turku PET Centre is a Finnish National Research Institute for the use of short-lived positron emitting isotopes in the field of medical research.

The scientific research strategy of the Turku PET Centre involves six major topics: Cardiovascular and Metabolic research, Brain research, Cancer research, Preclinical studies and Drug development, Radiochemistry research and Data processing and image analysis.

Collaboration between academia and industry is also active. The studies are carried out together with basic scientists, dedicated physicists and radiochemists, experienced clinical investigators and other professionals.

Turku PET Centre

Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Clinical development, Diabetes, In Vivo Diagnostics, Obesity, PET, Preclinical development

R&D Platform:
MRI Research Center

Magnetic Resonance imaging research Center, Turku, Finland is a joint project of the Medical Imaging Center of South-West Finland, Turku University Hospital, and University of Turku. Our aim is to advance the area of magnetic resonance imaging with direct application in clinical medical imaging.

The main research areas are as follows:

Intrinsic issue contrast MR mechanisms
Acquisition methods and data modeling for diffusion weighted imaging
Machine learning and computer aided diagnosis
MRI clinical trials

MRI Research Center

Clinical development, Imaging, In Vivo Diagnostics

R&D Platform:
The Emergency Clinic of Turku University Hospital

The Emergency Medical Services Public Utility of Turku University Hospital provides a safe environment for early-phase clinical trials of pharmaceuticals. In the current regulatory guidance for First-in-Human trials, issued by the European Medicines Agency in 2007, requirements are defined for the safe conduct of such studies in terms of trial facilities, investigators and staff. The Emergency Clinic is capable of housing demanding early-phase clinical trials in a safe environment because of its advanced patient monitoring systems, qualified staff and close proximity to the Intensive Care Unit of Turku University Hospital.

The Emergency Clinic

Clinical development