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Finland and Estonia start sharing patient data

On 10 May last year, Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers digitally signed a joint declaration on an initial roadmap for launching data exchange and e-services between Estonia and Finland. It was also agreed that, by the end of 2016, specific action plans would be completed for launching automatic data exchange…

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UIC and Turku Life Science Accelerator collaborate

Uppsala Innovation Centre (UIC) has signed an agreement with the newly established Turku Life Science accelerator, the first Finnish accelerator with a life science focus. The aim with the collaboration is to increase the possibilities for synergies, business and knowledge exchange betwwen companies in Finland and Sweden. UIC and Turku…

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Herantis receives funding for Parkinson’s study

Finnish Herantis Pharma has received funding of EUR 6 million from the research and innovation program of the European Union known as Horizon 2020. The grant is for phase 1–2 clinical study with Herantis’ drug candidate for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, using a drug administration device of Renishaw, and…

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New findings on cancer stiffness

Researchers at the University of Turku have made a discovery about how cancer stiffness controls the growth of malignant cells. Many cancer patients discover their disease by finding a “lump”. Cancer induces stiffening of the surrounding tissue, which in turn accelerates the growth of the cancer cells and creates a…

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Improved prediction of prostate cancer survival

Results of the Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge published in the clinical oncology journal Lancet Oncology demonstrate the benefits of sharing clinical trial data. The winning prediction model was developed by a team headed by FIMM Group Leader Tero Aittokallio. Overall, this collaborative scientific effort led to novel insights and improvements in cancer treatment and management.…

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Finland teams up with IBM and Watson

The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes and IBM have announced a partnership that will enable Finland to utilise Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens. This in turn will strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and business ecosystem in the fields of health and…

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Finnish industry reports record-high investment volume

Finnish Industry Investment half-year report 2016 shows a record-high investment volume – €100 million to finance company growth. “Our investment volume in the first half of 2016 was record-high: we made new investments and commitments amounting to over €100 million. Significant events include commitments to international venture capital funds such…

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New treatment for acute leukemia

FIMM researchers have demonstrated that a previously approved drug called idelalisib is a promising treatment option for leukemia patients with the t(1;19) translocation. Fusion genes are hybrids formed from two separate genes by structural genomic rearrangements. They play an important role in tumorigenesis, and they are often found in leukemias…

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Finland invests in National Genomic and Cancer Center

The Government of Finland will invest in a National Genome Center and a national Comprehensive Cancer Center. This investment package is a new showcase of the national commitment in building a unique ecosystem for world-leading medicine research and testing. The national Comprehensive Cancer Center will be responsible for the coordination…

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Finnish initiative to reduce pandemics

A project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing ways of reducing the risk of pandemics and managing other high-threat pathogen incidents in transport hubs. After identifying transmission risk hotspots in airports and underground and train stations, the Pandhub project seeks to establish the potential routes by…

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Pharma industry’s investment in Finland last year

The pharmaceutical industry’s investment in Finland totalled 220 million euro in 2015. The investments were made principally in research and development but there were also investments in production. Finland constitutes a good venue for clinical trials. During the past few years, the conditions for biobank and other register-based research have…

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Vertical Accelerator Spring Program

Ten digital health startup companies from around the world start in Vertical spring 2016 accelerator program . Over 160 international healthtech startups applied for the digital health startup accelerator program that kicks off today in Espoo, Finland. Vertical, the first Nordic digital health and wellness accelerator program focuses on international growth, scalability, and…

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Genetic mutations prevent diabetes complications

A Finnish study has identified two genetic mutations that appear to lower the risk of contracting a diabetic retinal or kidney disease. Known as retinopathy and nephropathy respectively, these are the most significant complications associated with diabetes. Both involve damaged capillaries and are primarily a result of high blood sugar,…