VTT becomes a background organisation for the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland

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Agreement The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT became the fourth background organisation of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) with the agreement signed at the University of Helsinki yesterday.

Summoned at the official premises of the Rector of the University of Helsinki, the parties were pleased and satisfied with the agreement. In his speech Rector Ilkka Niiniluoto put into words the feelings of the guests invited to the occasion.

“Now that VTT joins in, the Institute will be working under three ministries. This is a unique situation in the Finnish scientific community, and FIMM a veritable spearhead project for Finnish science.”

The agreement was signed by Research Professor Hans Söderlund and President Erkki KM Leppävuori from VTT and the representatives of three other background organisations: the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, the National Public Health Institute of Finland and the University of Helsinki. According to Mr. Leppävuori, the agreement marks an important step to VTT towards a new, multi-disciplinary approach. “This approach is becoming more common; all with their own visions but a shared platform.”

The aim of the Institute, which was set up in autumn 2006, is to integrate research and infrastructure connected with molecular medicine, genetics and epidemiology in Finland into an effective, internationally notable unit. Together with corresponding research units established at the Universities of Umeå and Oslo, FIMM and EMBL make up the centre of networked molecular medicine in the Nordic countries.

Olli Kallioniemi, who was appointed the head of the FIMM in December, stressed the importance of cooperation. “Combining forces always brings in something new and sets in motion something unpredictable. I envisage that within the next ten years, we will have established our operations and specified to whom each particular task should be assigned.”

Text: Kai Maksimainen
Photo: Ari Aalto
11.4.2008
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Translation: Valtasana Oy


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