Research, Development & Innovation

A unique treasure for research and innovation

Multidisciplinary top researchers, access to different health data sources and numerous start-ups create the basis for thriving RDI activities. Centre for Health and Technology manages OuluHealth´s RDI cooperation by associating researchers and companies, facilitating their international collaboration, and promoting new health business. The sample collections of Biobank Borealis (of Northern Finland) and The (Northern Finland) Birth Cohort Studies research program provide excellent possibilities for RDI.

Biobank Borealis


The population of Northern Finland is uniquely homogeneous, which makes the sample collections especially valuable for research. The Biobank Borealis of Northern Finland offers the research community access to professionally maintained sample collections linked to clinical health information and accumulating research data as well as sample storage, management and data mining infrastructures.

Biobank Borealis of Northern Finland was established by Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, the University of Oulu, Nordlab and the hospital/healthcare districts of Lapland, Länsi-Pohja, Central Ostrobothnia and Kainuu. The biobank operations started on 10 July 2015.



Birth Cohorts

The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Studies is the epidemilogical and longitudinal research program which aims to promote health and well-being of the population. The prospective data collected from the Northern Finland forms an unique resource, allowing to study the emergence of diseases which can be based on genetic, biological, social or behavioural risk factors.

The studies are comprised of the two longitudinal cohorts of mothers living in the two northernmost provinces of Finland, Oulu and Lapland with expected dates of delivery falling in NFBC 1966 between Jan 1st – Dec 31st, 1966 (12 068 mothers, 12 231 children), and in NFBC 1986 between July 1st, 1985 and June 30th, 1986 (mothers 9 362, children 9 479). In both study population, mothers and children have been followed up since mothers enrolled at their first antenatal clinic visit.

The assets of this programme lie in a strong network of the world’s leading epidemiologists, statisticians, geneticists, biochemists, physiologists, endocrinologists and clinicians and availability of the prospective data collected from before birth until middle age, spanning over three generations (in total ~70,000 parents, children and grandchildren with early prenatal information, genetic data, nutritional, metabolic[omic], inflammatory and glucose tolerance.

Period: 1965-

Collaborators and financing: Oulu University Hospital, Institute for Health and Welfare, Finnish Instute of Occupational Health, University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Tampere, University of California (UCLA), University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Medical Research Council, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, University of Athene, University of Copenhagen, Uppsala University and University of Bergen.The research is funded by among others Academy of Finland, Oulu University Hospital, Medical Research Council, EU, ERDF, NIH (USA), Welcome Trust (UK).



The Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) is an innovation unit at the University of Oulu. CHT supports multidisciplinary Research, Development and Innovation activities in the field of health and well-being. CHT acts by composing and coordinating RDI projects in cooperation with universities, research centers, enterprises and public sector worldwide.

CHT wants to place the individual in the center of development activities to make individuals, together with the healthcare professionals, truly proactive co-creators of their own health.  Therefore, CHT focuses on the development of new service innovations and care solutions. CHT promotes the transformation of personalized health innovations into marketable products, hence creating new business opportunities.

CHT was established by Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) strategic cooperation agreement.  CHT´s OIA partners include City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technopolis Plc and Oulu University Hospital.