Pharma Finland


Within the area of cancer research and its applications, Finland has an especially strong expertise in the field of hormonal cancers, such as prostate and breast cancer. Helsinki, Tampere and Turku are in the vanguard of this research.

Prostate cancer research concentrates on androgen receptors, familial prostate cancer, for example gene tests, and benefits of extensive prostate cancer screening. In Finland, breast cancer screening has been done widely and successfully for decades.

Examples of current research include:

  • Research on the signalling pathways of androgen receptors in castration-resistant prostate cancer
  • Research on the subgroups of breast cancer, enabling personalized pharmacotherapy
  • Basic research on the invasive and metastatic behaviour of cancers at the University of Turku

Oncos Therapeutics Ltd is currently working on the clinical development of oncolytic viruses for cancer therapeutics. Docrates Hospital, a private hospital specializing in oncological treatment, actively cooperates with research institutions and pharmaceutical companies in the development of new cancer treatments.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center Finland (CCC-Fin) is an extremely important initiative for the future of Finnish cancer research. Its active planning phase has already been started in all five biocentres in Finland.

The following links include some examples of organizations with cancer expertise in Finland:

Biotech/pharma companies

Ark Therapeutics Group plc
Aurealis Pharma Ltd 
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Hormos Medical Oy
Laurantis Pharma Oy
Medeia Therapeutics Ltd 
Oncos Therapeutics Ltd
Orion Corporation   

Academic research

Academy of Finland
BioCenter Finland
FIMM – Molecular Medicine
TCDM – Disease Models
Turku PET Centre   

Cancer registries and biobanks 

Finnish Cancer Registry
National Biobanks of Finland
National Institute for Health and Welfare


Aurexel Consulting Oy
Crown CRO Oy

CRST – Clinical Research Services Turku
DRA Consulting Oy 
EPID Research Oy
Medfiles Ltd
Pharmatest Services Ltd
Turku PET Centre
VTT – Technical research Centre of Finland 


Biohit Oyj
Elekta Oy
MAP Medical Technologies Oy
Medix Biochemica Oy 
Orion Diagnostica Oy
PerkinElmer Finland Oy 

ICT solutions 

Medisapiens Ltd