This new facility is open access core unit, that started operation at the beginning of 2017, with harmonized operating principles, access and user policy within Helsinki Bioimaging, together with BIU-LM, LMU-BI and EMBI. FIMM-HCA is also part of the FIMM technology centre as well as a member of Euro-Bioimaging as a part of the Finnish Advanced Microscopy node (FIAM).
FIMM-HCA provides automated high-content screening microscopes (a spinning-disk confocal with live imaging option and a widefield) for imaging and guidance for image analysis and data management. We train all users to use the equipment and software available in the unit. FIMM-HCA is based on a scientific core competence of personnel in high-content imaging, image analysis and software development as well as cell-based screening. We work closely together with FIMM High Throughput Biomedicine unit in setting up cell-based high-content assays with robotics. The staff also has a long-term experience in Pharma and industrial collaborations.