Solutions for Health

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The research profile Solutions for Health is strongly anchored in Turku – a leader in drug development in Finland. One fifth of all industrial jobs in the Turku region are connected with biomedicine and half of the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology companies in Finland are located here.

Research within the profile is carried out in co-operation with the University of Turku. The research, largely coordinated under the umbrella organisation of BioCity Turku, has led to numerous innovations.

A central research area for Åbo Akademi University is biomedical imaging, which enables researchers to study cells and tissues in detail by utilising advanced and world-leading optical laser technology. Biomedical imaging is a future area and one in which Turku is among the leading regions in Europe. The headquarters of the European research infrastructure Euro-BioImaging ERIC and the Finnish National PET Centre – one of the largest centres for medical imaging in Europe – are both located here.

Other key areas within the research profile Solutions for Health include drug development and pharmaceutical sciences, organic chemistry and biochemistry, structural biology and bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology as well as materials research. As of the year 2020, also health science, psychology and information technology are included in the research profile.

The research profile Solutions for Health was called Drug Development and Diagnostics during 2015–2020.


  • Q Science (General)
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QD Chemistry
  • QH301 Biology
  • QH426 Genetics
  • QP Physiology
  • QR180 Immunology
  • QR355 Virology
  • R Medicine (General)
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • BF Psychology
  • TP Chemical technology

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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