COPLA – from Research to a Medical Device


Ilkka Kiviranta, professor of orthopaedics at the University of Helsinki, and Minna Kellomäki, professor of biomaterials and tissue engineering from BioMediTech ay the Tampere University of Technology, established a research consortium in 2009 to find a solution for the treatment of cartilage damage in weight-bearing joints as well as the prevention of arthrosis. This research continued into a successful Tekes Project where COPLA Scaffold was developed. COPLA team won the Science Pitching competition at the SLUSH event in 2015. Now COPLA team have established Askel Healthcare Ltd. The COPLA Scaffold™ will appear on the market in September. COPLA is a great example of turning science innovations into business.

Read COPLA’s full story on University of Helsinki website.

Annual Reports 2016 now available


BioMediTech Annual Reports are now available both in English and in Finnish.

Body-on-Chip Research chosen for Centre of Excellence by the Academy Of Finland


The Academy of Finland has chosen 12 new Centres of Excellence for the years 2018–2025. The Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research at BioMediTech was one of them.

The Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research is coordinated by TUT and located at BioMediTech, which is a joint institute operated in collaboration by Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. Professor Minna Kellomäki, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at TUT and head of the CoE, rejoices about the consortium’s new status as a Centre of Excellence.

“This is our first time as a Centre of Excellence, even though we have a conducted research together for over ten years. Our new funding and status allow us to continue the work we started in the Tekes-funded Human Spare Parts project and to open up new venues of research,” Kellomäki says.

The new Centre of Excellence brings together expertise from biology and technology. Its goal is to create a new type of body-on-chip concept where cell cultures, blood vessels, and nerves are utilised to create networks of several cell or tissue cultures based on stem cells. A computerised nervous system measures, analyses, and controls the network system.

Read more on TUT website.

Professor Hannu Uusitalo’s group joining BioMediTech


The BioMediTech Board has accepted the application of the Professor Hannu Uusitalo’s Ophthalmology research group to join BioMediTech institute. The board met on 9 June, 2017. The research of the Ophthalmology group concentrates on translational and clinical eye and vision research. The research group has in vitro and in vivo disease models for research on age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma and for diseases due to deviant retinal angiogenesis (diabetic retinopathy, wet age-related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity). Models are also utilized in ocular pharmacology. The research group also has ongoing several research and development projects based on ophthalmic imaging and numerous clinical studies.

Read more about the research of the group.

New Implant Technology for Measuring Intracranial Pressure


Wireless sensors implanted inside the human body can enable more efficient examination and treatment of illnesses in the future. One solution currently under development is a wireless system for long-term monitoring of intracranial pressure.

BioMediTech, Tampere University of Technology (TUT)  has a long history in researching wireless technologies, RF technologies, and sensors in research groups such as WISE (Wireless Identification and Sensing Systems Research Group) led by Professor Leena Ukkonen. WISE research concentrates especially on health technology applications. One of the group’s latest achievements is an implant technology solution for measuring intracranial pressure (ICP).

Read more about implants for measuring intracranial pressure (ICP) on TUT website.
See all the BioMediTech research groups at TUT/ Faculty of Biomedical Science and Engineering

Teemu Ihalainen granted Academy Research Fellow position


PhD Teemu Ihalainen has been granted Academy of Finland Research Fellow position. His project “Mechanical forces in epithelia – where cell biology meets biophysics” was funded for the period of 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2022.  Read more on Academy of Finland website.

Professor Minna Kellomäki starts as Director of BioMediTech institute


Professor Minna Kellomäki from Tampere University of Technology (TUT)  starts as the director of BioMediTech institute from the beginning of 2017. Professor Kellomäki who is also the Dean at the faculty of BioMedical Sciences and Engineering at TUT starting its operations in the beginning of the year 2017, has previously acted as the Vice Director of the institute. Professor Anne Kallioniemi from University of Tampere starts as the Vice Director of the institute.

BioMediTech researchers one of the three winners in Tampere3 innovation competition


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