In 2017 the life science research institutes - Institute of Biotechnology (IB), Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, and Neuroscience Center (NC) - joined HiLIFE as operative units. They continue their  instrumental roles in developing a strong international research environment in their focus areas and bringing in important expertise in recruitment, training, core facilities, innovation, and international cooperation as described below. The Institute of Biotechnology is located on the Viikki campus together with several faculties, governmental research institutes LUKE and EVIRA and companies. The Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM is located on the Meilahti campus within the Academic Medical Center Helsinki together with the Faculty of Medicine, the Helsinki University Hospital and other organizations. The Neuroscience Center is located on both campuses, and is shifting activities more to the Meilahti campus in 2018.