The University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital conduct the highest-impact clinical research in Finland. With over 5 000 healthcare professionals and scientific research that is grounded in the day-to-day operations of the hospital, medicines and medical technology can be tested and products developed effectively and reliably.
The business ecosystem of clinical research in Kuopio is composed of an impressive group of businesses: Medfiles provides clinical research services, Charles River Laboratories specializes in preclinical research and several SMEs provide specialized services for drug and medical device development. The Clinical Research Centre – CRC at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) focuses on the research, diagnostics, treatment and prevention of chronic diseases with national public health significance. It works in close collaboration with the Kuopio University Hospital (KUH).
UEF, KUH and local businesses provide clinical research services and educate highly skilled professionals for a better understanding of the treatment of diseases and for the development of new therapies. The strong expertise in clinical research and the availability of clinical health data have fostered new partnerships between clinical research partners in Kuopio and global pharma, such as Roche and MSD. Contract research organizations (CROs) based in Kuopio provide support to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.